Oh Shih-Tzu This Election is Dog Eat Dog
Okay this is an official WTH! I’ve been catching bits and pieces of this and it is all just coming together in my mind, so bear with me as I sort it all out…!
So this Romney person took a family trip at some point in history and strapped his dog on the roof of the car… WTH?!?! This story hits the news and goes all viral.
Then someone finds some evidence that this Obama character ate dog as a small child… (remember all that dog shopping they were doing when he first came into office, HMMM?).
I have been pretty busy the last few days and just decided to look this story up and I stumbled across what I presume to be the next viral trip in this really weird saga: The Romney camp or someone is releasing a story that he once saved a dog from drowning using his jet ski. I have to admit, my mind is having a really hard time making the jump from dude who strapped the family Irish Setter on the roof of the car in a cage for family vacation to cool super-hero, dog saving guy who is in his disguise as a mild mannered presidential candidate.
Here is my real question: WTH!?!? What are we talking about this for? I suppose the strapping the dog on the roof in 1983 is a bit unnerving and disturbing, but I am not sure that alone would eliminate a person from being able to run for president. (for those of us who remember the early eighties, just about any information that surfaces from that period should probably be ignored – what a weird time in history).
On the other hand the eating dog in another country as a child story is even less earth shattering to me. The fact that as a child in another country someone had you eating something that you are probably now grossed out by really bears no impact on which way I vote at all.
Now that Romney super dog saver stuff starts to sound a bit desperate. I suppose it would have had an impact on me if I had heard it prior to the strapping the dog on the roof story, but suddenly hearing it for the first time now cheapens the story a bit.
What’s next; Ron Paul is going to announce that he was raised in the wilderness by a pack of wild dogs? Newt Gingrich is really a shaved down Shar-pei?
I am not actually as amazed at these three stories as I am at the energy that many outlets of the media and particularly the campaigns and the supporters are putting into all this dogfight stuff. The internet is all abuzz with these serious sounding rants trying to really prove one candidate or another is completely disqualified for president because of some dog incident and now dog heroics make the better president.
I did however, while I was writing this stumble into new information in the saga (which I have not verified and could be totally fictitious) stating that this Romney character is listed two different national animal cruelty websites for other major animal cruelty incidents. In light of that I might want to slow down and start taking some of this more seriously. If this is a habit and not an old, isolated incident, we might have a real problem.
Let me help you catch up to my change. I stopped typing to get some good, all-American food (got some nuggets from under the golden arches) and stepped away for a minute. I decided to look at some of the current waves of web dog fighting and stumbled across http://www.dogsagainstromney.com/ .
As I said, I just saw all of that and have yet to verify any of it, but if it does turn out to be true there really is a serious problem in the Romney camp.
Why my change of tone? If a person is not qualified to lead a sports team due to animal cruelty and needs to spend time in prison to leave and have a terrible time finding the next job (even though that person is a star athlete) then a repeat offender that is running for president is going to be a hard sell.
I am of course describing quarterback Michael Vick. Especially with all of this racial tension or whatever it is that weaves its way in and out of all things political lately, the idea that a rich Caucasian gentleman can get caught for animal cruelty and run for president no problem while an African American athlete who gets caught for animal cruelty gets the book and the kitchen sink thrown at him will not go over well.
I actually do find that the dog-fighting was probably considerably more egregious, but it’s not just about what I think.
I am however quite concerned that there may be this tendency and this particular site says that he is not allowed to adopt pets because of these animal cruelty entries. I suppose I will keep an eye on this for a few weeks before I deem it to be just silliness. If he turns out to be a serial offender, there could be major fallout. COULD RON PAUL END UP AS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE?
And yes my nuggets were made of chicken (as far as I know 100% white meat)
Til next time
Your Dawg, Alethinos