Up until now, as much as I have grown to detest Mitt Romney for his wide-eyed, histrionic, deceitful babbling, his obnoxious sense of privileged entitlement, and the very real damage he has done to small businesses and the economy as a corporate predator with Bain Capital, I have not considered his face to be nearly as irresistibly punchable as those of his fallen opponents Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, et al. This story changes all of that.
This is being spun as a tale of homophobia. Yeah sure, it's that, but that's not all. You don't have to actually be gay to see yourself in that kid who got pinned to the ground by some smug "popular" fucker taking a scissors to his hair. ANYONE who doesn't fit into the norm when they're young gets this kind of treatment from their peers, usually with no consequence whatsoever for the perpetrators. It's only now that people are actually bothering to have a conversation about what is now being called the "Bully Culture," but this is nothing new.
And if you were on the receiving end of it, you can have all the therapy you like, but it doesn't matter. Shit like this stays with you forever.
The only choice you have is to either turn it into an excuse to wallow in self-pity and take out your resentment on others, or recognize it as just one example of the pervasive injustice that shows up everywhere, in any form, and spend your life doing what you can to fight it wherever it shows it's ugly head. Not just for your own identity group, but for everyone.
As I said, I already hated Mitt Romney before this. But yesterday I just thought he was merely a ludicrous puffed-up target for laughter who deserves to be kept as far away from the levers of power as possible. Now I know better: Mitt Romney is That Guy. Here's to him receiving the metaphorical punch in the face he so richly deserves this November.
UPDATE: Doghouse sums it up beautifully as usual: "Isn't 'organize gang of snotty, well-off bullies to torment the less fortunate' pretty much a description of the man's business career?"
UPDATE II: Winning the Lord Of The Flies vote.