Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Having Money Provides Freedom To Say Anything

What did Foster Friess, the multi-millionaire who financed a significant portion of Rick Santorum's failed presidential bid, actually mean when he said he hoped that President Obama's "teleprompters are bulletproof”?

Friess made that statement to Lou Dobbs on Wednesday on Fox Business News. I am sure every right wing nut considers Fox News, which is really Fox propaganda for the Republicans, as safe home. Of course, he soon realized it was not an appropriate comment on a national TV, therefore, he added "I mean that figuratively," after a brief silence. And he went on to say, “I'm sorry. I probably shouldn't have said that.”

To Dobbs credit, he responded with, "No, you should not have said it," and went on to mitigate the damage by saying, "We understand it's a metaphor." Friess was the “front-and-center” in the Santorum campaign, often appearing with the candidate in his cowboy hat at campaign events. He donated nearly $1.7 million into the pro-Santorum Super PAC and his philosophy complements Rick Santorum’s nicely. Just consider an earlier comment by Friess made to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, “Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly.” Yes, it is the same comment made famous by the dittohead Rush Limbaugh in his Sandra Fluke lambasting.

But why talk about Friess when Santorum folded shop? Because, with Santorum out of the GOP nomination race, Friess said he will shift his support to Mitt Romney and open his coffer to his campaign.

Foster Friess’ comments may be a slip of tongue for him, but it shows what the Republican right wings truly have in their hearts. And what about consequences to these irresponsible remarks? Does anyone remember when Sarah Palin released a map featuring Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) with a crosshairs images to show her districts, among twenty other democrats? Giffords got shot, and although she survived, her life was totally destroyed and she had to resign from the House seat.

The question is how do these right wing crackpots get away with their comments? Of course, the answer is – money. When you have loads of it you can get away with lot of incendiary comments for which ordinary citizens will be condemned for life.

First published on Technorati.

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