The most important Republican in the world, Sheldon Adelson, granted Politico an interview the other day, in which the area casino magnate and raving megalomaniac explained why he will spend more money than any other person has ever spent on a presidential campaign in the history of presidential campaigns, money or persons.
Chief among Adelson’s concerns is a very deep interest in making sure that an obedient and pliant United States government lets Adelson do whatever he wants, wherever he wants, with no regard for the legality of Adelson’s actions.
OK, that’s a paraphrase. But not much of one.
Reported Politico’s Mike Allen: “Adelson said a second Obama term would bring government ‘vilification of people that were against him.’ He thinks he would be at the top of that list and contends that he has already been targeted for his political activity.”
Federal scrutiny of Adelson’s activities includes (but are not limited to) Justice Department probes into whether Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Inc., in its relentless quest to outsource Nevada’s high-roller industry to Macau, bribed a well-placed Chinese official in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
“When I see what’s happening to me and this company, about accusations that are unfounded, that kind of behavior … has to stop,” Adelson told Politico.
What better way to make it stop than to install a Republican sycophant in the White House who is beholden to Adelson and can be relied on to obediently pressure or order federal enforcement agencies to leave Adelson alone?
As a justification for spending a “limitless” — Adelson’s own term — amount of money on the election, getting law enforcement off your back seems a tad picayune. This is America. We don’t put billionaires in jail. If convicted of something, the worst that would happen to Adelson is a fine which he no doubt could easily afford.
By the way and of potential interest to Tea Partiers and others with a Founding Father fetish, attempting to buy an election so as to control government for personal self-interest is pretty much exactly the sort of corruption that Adams, Jefferson & Co. warned makes a victim of liberty and destroys republican government. But I digress …
The other major justification for Adelson’s grotesque campaign spending of course is his desire to blow up Arabs. A Zionist extremist, Adelson is if anything more politically influential in Israel than he is in the U.S. (Adelson once lamented that “the uniform that I wore in the military, unfortunately, was not an Israeli uniform. It was an American uniform.”)
Mitt Romney, presumably on Adelson’s speed dial and vice-versa, has fully embraced the American right-wing’s 21st century insistence that Israel’s interest is second to none, including America’s.
As with every position, there is no way of knowing if Romney actually believes the words that come out of his mouth or if he is just adopting whatever the Republican base, including and especially its billionaire donors, wants to hear. But in one of the Republican debates, asked how he would deal with the threat of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, Romney said “I’d get on the phone to my friend [Israeli Prime Minister] Bibi Netanyahu and say, ‘Would it help if I said this? What would you like me to ay and do?’”
While Romney was in Jerusalem during his summer farce of an international tour, his campaign issued a statement saying, “If Israel has to take action on its own in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision. No option would be excluded. Gov. Romney recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself, and that it is right for America to stand with it.”
Translation: If and when Israel’s government, led by a warmongering Netanyahu, decides to attack Iran, the U.S. under a Romney administration will back Israel 110 percent. Romney would give Israel a blank check to drag Americans into a calamitous war, at Israel’s convenience.
Romney routinely natters on about American “exceptionalism.” When he’s president, Romney says, no country on Earth will dare challenge the United States. Well, Israel won’t be challenging the U.S. Israel will just be ordering it about.
Meantime, the tremendous hold Adelson has bought over Romney will assure that Romney won’t — can’t — waver in his commitment to do whatever Netanyahu says.
There are a couple other reasons Adelson is spending so heavily in the election. For instance, like all Republicans, he wants to kill organized labor. But whereas strategic Republicans want to kill organized labor because they see it as a last bastion of resistance to the ability of people like, well, Adelson, to commodify democracy once and for all, Adelson — a megalomaniac, remember — also clearly hates the idea of employees having any say in the workplace.
So, to recap: Adelson wants to crush what’s left of the American middle class, buy out democracy in a hostile takeover and launch devastation in the Mideast that will make our war and occupation in Iraq look like the invasion of Granada by comparison. He’s a real-life Ernst Starvos Blofeld, the diabolical criminal mastermind of Bond film fame. Except instead of a cat, Adelson’s got Romney and the rest of the Republican Party in Nevada and the nation to sit on his lap and purr.
HUGH JACKSON blogs at The Las Vegas Gleaner (www.lasvegasgleaner.com) and contributes to KSNV Channel 3.