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Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:00 PM

Understanding mitt - you have to understand the CEO mentality.

I posted this elsewhere, but I want to make sure people see it - the CEO mentality is what's governing every action and thought and dodge and two-step that mitt romney is attempting as his Bain Capital involvement gets messier and messier. It's very helpful to understand who he is, where he comes from (the MINDSET, not the geography), the superiority complex, and the sense of the overriding entitlement of the ruling class:


He's a CEO. CEOs are accustomed to answering to basically nobody. I mean - look at the CEOs who've gone in to testify before Congress. They skate and slide and bullshit-blather and fast-talk and fancy-step but they don't cough up much. They're imperialist weasels who recognize NO public obligation or responsibility or accountability. Because they believe it simply doesn't apply to them. And they don't do so because there's this imperiousness about the level of CEO. You're on top of the ziggurat. You're The Big Guy. Everybody else is underneath you in rank. You don't work for anybody. They all work for YOU. And they're damn lucky to have their damn jobs too, so they should just shut up and stop annoying His Lordship - who doesn't owe them any explanation on anything, EVER! And besides, they have no right to ask - CERTAINLY no right to demand anything of him!

It's a CEO mentality. A Major-League Superiority Complex. Every CEO is a KING of his own little fiefdom in the corporate world. And the CEO mentality has no business in government at all, much less in the White House! The president is NOT a CEO, and certainly no king! George Washington himself put a stop to that! That's not how it's structured or how it was intended. The president is - gasp, choke - a PUBLIC SERVANT. In the PUBLIC SECTOR. And believe me, romney, with his CEO mentality, clearly doesn't fancy himself as anybody's servant, that's for DAMN sure!!! He's an aristocrat who, he believes, was born to rule. His word is law, and you're not supposed to question it, you're just supposed to follow his orders. He believes that his being a CEO entitles him to say "Jump," and YOU, lucky commoner, are entitled merely to ask "how high?" Just like everybody else in the corporate structure beneath him, that he sits on top of, has to do in the private sector. And yeah, that's how it works in the private sector. But it DOESN'T work that way in the PUBLIC SECTOR, in which a president operates.

romney WILL, however, bring that kind of mentality into the Oval Office if Heaven forbid he's elected. That's what he's used to, that's what he knows, that's where he's come from, and that's basically who he is. george w. bush had this disease too, if you'll recall.

It's the World's Biggest Entitlement Program: yet another republi-CON who presumes it's simply his birthright to live in the White House, by some Divine decree. They're just better than you. They're the ruling class and you're one of the peons. You don't get it, you certainly weren't educated for it, and you can't POSSIBLY understand how it all works. And just like one of those haughty rich bitches in the Land Rovers and Rolls Royces who breezed in and out of those romney fundraising orgies in the Hamptons, they're just simply SUPPOSED to be on top, and you, the common people, don't even begin to understand it. So there's simply no way you can be up there on top with them, at their level, breathing their rarified air. That's not your place and was never meant to be. THEY belong on top, and YOU belong someplace else. Somewhere underneath.

Anyone remember leona helmsley? Of the lavish New York City hotel the Helmsley Palace? She appeared in all its glossy full-color magazine ads, presenting herself as the Queen of the Helmsley Palace. And the ad slogan was "...where the queen stands guard." Her haughty, dictatorial behavior and the way she treated people underneath her - earned her a "title" alright: "the Queen of Mean." Famous for her declaration that "only the little people pay taxes." Well, she got sent up the river for income tax evasion in the late 80s. Everyone figured Marie Antoinette finally got her cake shoved in her face, and she didn't live and breathe arrogance and elitism for very long. It's a major-league superiority complex. mitt romney is a male leona helmsley. Only the little people have to answer for what they've done. Only the little people have to answer questions or provide documents or otherwise show proof. He doesn't have to. You don't understand. He's actually King. And Kings bow to no one. Any more than they have to cough up answers in detail and or submit to accountability in general.

And YOUR job is simply to shut up and stop asking all these questions, and just take his word for it. And then vote for him. PERIOD. Besides, his very own Queen, Her Ladyship ann of Dressage, says it's their turn now, anyway.

(From this thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1016&pid=35365 )

My dad was a CEO - granted, he owned a very small company that would hardly be a blip on the radar screen of the mitt romney world. But I saw that attitude manifest itself all over the place.

UNDERSTAND THE CEO MENTALITY!

UNDERSTAND how they fancy themselves. The ruling class mentality. Those unfortunate rich broads in their Land Rovers and luxury cars that were streaming in and out of the Hamptons during those recent big-ass fat-cat big-ticket romney fundraising orgies inadvertently gave the game away. How untouchable and superior they are and better than you. Ideally, they're supposed to keep quiet about it so nobody's tipped off. But in their arrogance and OBSCENELY large sense of entitlement, sometimes they forget, and slip up and blab it all to the public (that's not supposed to know, and certainly not entitled to ask any pesky questions about it).

World's Biggest Entitlement Program: the GOP's presumption that the White House is simply their birthright.

(From this thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=952680 )

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Reply Understanding mitt - you have to understand the CEO mentality. (Original post)
calimary Jul 2012 OP
ProSense Jul 2012 #1
calimary Jul 2012 #2
ProSense Jul 2012 #3
calimary Jul 2012 #11
ThomThom Jul 2012 #7
calimary Jul 2012 #12
ThomThom Jul 2012 #16
uponit7771 Jul 2012 #23
lunatica Jul 2012 #4
msongs Jul 2012 #5
FirstLight Jul 2012 #6
calimary Jul 2012 #14
patrice Jul 2012 #8
Shankapotomus Jul 2012 #9
Baitball Blogger Jul 2012 #10
Wilms Jul 2012 #13
Initech Jul 2012 #15
JoePhilly Jul 2012 #17
ProfessionalLeftist Jul 2012 #18
3feetofsnow Jul 2012 #19
Paka Jul 2012 #20
calimary Jul 2012 #21
Paka Jul 2012 #24
ErikJ Jul 2012 #22
calimary Jul 2012 #30
4_TN_TITANS Jul 2012 #25
Live and Learn Jul 2012 #26
Hissyspit Jul 2012 #27
cilla4progress Jul 2012 #28
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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:06 PM

1. CEOs and

their horses are entitled to "free stuff," unlike those lazy people who want health care.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:12 PM

2. Exactly! You lowly commoners just don't understand.

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Response to calimary (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:17 PM

3. Yup, the

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Response to ProSense (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:29 PM

11. Oh Dear God, that was freakin' HIDEOUS!

I found that utterly REVOLTING! SHAME on that rich bitch. SHAME on them all!!! They forget, in their selfishness and arrogance, the whole "there but for fortune go I" thing. They'd do well to keep it in mind, if you ask me.

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Response to calimary (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:39 PM

7. "you can't handle the truth"

we need to piss him off so he spits out some truth we can't handle
keep pounding him day after day

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Response to ThomThom (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:36 PM

12. Yes! Keep pounding! My husband wants to know where the longform tax returns are!

Considering how this might already have outrun the GOP's rapid response strategists, it ought to be GREAT fun to watch some of the late night comedy that WILL arise out of this. Can't wait to hear Leno, Letterman, Conan, Colbert, and Jon Stewart have a go at it!

When you're trying to run for president and trying to have yourself taken oh-so-serious as a candidate, and you become a national joke, methinks your troubles are only getting started.

Granted, this is only July. But November is much closer than we all think.

CONSTANT VIGILANCE, like Mad-Eye Moody always warned Harry Potter! Never let down your guard! And NEVER play by their playbook!

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Response to calimary (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:52 PM

16. I think the President will handle him

Tell Bruce me too

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Response to ProSense (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 06:35 PM

23. +1!

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:22 PM

4. He's offended by our demands

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:28 PM

5. he is also one of the chosen people, a part of the greater cult better than u and me nt

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:35 PM

6. well said!

I would add here there is also a streak of the fundy (in a mormon sense) that is at work here...

The Mormon Church has a 'Prophecy' about when a Mormon man becomes President... something to do with the four horsemen of the apocalypse and the Mormon Pres is supposed to 'cleanse the country' and make it righteous again...
this is no joke, this man really does believe he is 'anointed'...in a far worse way than GWB and his 'holy wars' because this nutso would bring it on our own soil... and probably move the Capital to Utah or something

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Horse_Prophecy

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #6)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:43 PM

14. I wouldn't doubt that for a nanosecond!!!

Some other DUer elsewhere here reminded about the Mormons' "retroactive baptism" thing, and how maybe that same mentality might have governed the "romney resigned retroactively" mess that ed gillespie made this morning. Wonder if he came up with that or the response strategists had already been kicking it around in the back room somewhere.

Worth considering. It's always good to have an understanding of the enemy, what makes him tick, and how he responds. Examine their backgrounds and, therefore, their conditioning - either by being taught it or experiencing it for themselves. Keep in mind their motivation, and how basic it is. Shit - and every time you have to factor some extremist religion or cult into the equation, that ALWAYS leads to bigger and nastier messes. ALWAYS try to get into the mindset of the enemy. Helps guide you toward their weaknesses and prepares you to spot their mistakes. They're as invincible as Goliath and Achilles' heel.

BUT EVEN SO: ALSO consider this at all times: We do NOT have this thing won yet.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:52 PM

8. So, how about CEOs in Long-term Care? Does happen, you know. nt

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 03:52 PM

9. And the one thing that stands in their way,

the one thing that can threaten them, the one thing they have to destroy, to demonize, to control, to make smaller....GOVERNMENT.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:17 PM

10. "No Apologies." He summed it up in his book title.

They are also very adept at blaming their mistakes on their underlyings.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:39 PM

13. Beautifully summed, Calimary.

 


Thanks.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:49 PM

15. It's time to end corporate welfare for good.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:53 PM

17. Mitt sees himself as one of the masters of the universe. A God in the making.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 05:12 PM

18. "CEOs are accustomed to answering to basically nobody."

And that's one big reason we DON'T want one of them running the country. Either a "CEO President" answers to no one, particularly not the public, or they only answer to their big-business cronies who bought them the office. In Mitt's case, it would be the latter - he'd only answer to Wall St., KKKarl Rove, the Koch Bros, Grover N., and other big business interests - and all of THEM answer to no one but themselves and their own greed. They sure as hell would never be answering to the public. They'd tell the rest of us non-1%ers to go fuck ourselves while they rape and pillage the country and the world at everyone else's expense. To call it fascism is an understatement.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 05:36 PM

19. They answer to the money god.

 

If they aint got money they aint shit.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 06:03 PM

20. You described it to a tee.

I have a bil who suffers hugely from CEO mentality. He's retired now, but he was with Standard Oil, about as bad as it can get. My sister actually said to me some of the very things those Hampton's elites were shouting out the windows. I just don't understand how much Obama is hurting me and taking away my freedoms. I have three more advanced degrees (in science, by the way) than she does, but I'm just not as smart as her. It's so simple.

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Response to Paka (Reply #20)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 06:20 PM

21. And that's something I just do not get: "he's taking away my freedoms."

How? When? Which freedoms? Freedom to be okay to be racist? Freedom to buy anything made-in-China no matter what? Freedom not to have to avoid feeling guilty about being such a selfish un-Christian shit, because you just HATE looking bad? Freedom to be selfish and proud of it, greedy and proud of it, mean-spirited and proud of it? Freedom to have a white guy in the Oval Office? Freedom to keep the Oval Office "whites only'? Which freedoms are we really talking about?

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Response to calimary (Reply #21)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 08:04 AM

24. Thank you.

That is the very question I posed to my sister, but I haven't heard from her since because she doesn't have an answer.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 06:31 PM

22. That's why FDR called them "Economic Royalists"

 

From his 1936 speech-

............
And so it was to win freedom from the tyranny of political autocracy that the American Revolution was fought. That victory gave the business of governing into the hands of the average man, who won the right with his neighbors to make and order his own destiny through his own government. Political tyranny was wiped out at Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

Since that struggle, however, man's inventive genius released new forces in our land which reordered the lives of our people. The age of machinery, of railroads; of steam and electricity; the telegraph and the radio; mass production, mass distribution - all of these combined to bring forward a new civilization and with it a new problem for those who sought to remain free.

For out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital - all undreamed of by the Fathers - the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service.

There was no place among this royalty for our many thousands of small-businessmen and merchants who sought to make a worthy use of the American system of initiative and profit. They were no more free than the worker or the farmer. Even honest and progressive-minded men of wealth, aware of their obligation to their generation, could never know just where they fitted into this dynastic scheme of things.

It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction. In its service new mercenaries sought to regiment the people, their labor, and their property. And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man.
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Response to ErikJ (Reply #22)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 04:10 PM

30. GREAT quotes!

Thanks for adding these to the thread! I've also added this one to my own quotes collection.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 09:54 AM

25. My Dad was a CFO for many years..

and in now in retirement, he has trouble coping with being surrounded by family instead of yes-women/men. The captive audience that had to hang on his every word has been replaced by people who don't have to listen to him and will certainly call him out on bullshit.

He's a good guy, and great dad, but there is a different mentality among those that make it to those heights.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 09:58 AM

26. One only has to look to Leona Helmsley's philosophy

to understand Mitt perfectly.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 10:10 AM

27. As I said in a thread yesterday, he has been one of the "No One To Tell Him 'No'" people for a long,

long time.

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 10:18 AM

28. Yup - it's an entitlement mentality, alright -

just what I've been saying. 1% = entitlement program on steroids!

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Response to calimary (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 11:35 AM

29. I think there is also an element of racism...

 

Not only does he think he should be immune from attacks generally, but he was being attacked--and effectively--by a black man.

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