March 1, 2020 | View PDF
Before I get started, I would like to express my condolences to the Ed Jones family on his passing this past week. I got to meet him when I first started writing for the Gazette and he was always kind, encouraging and respectful to me. A true gentleman and I for one will miss reading his column.
Okay, for starters let me get this out in the open. I do not like the idea of Michael Bloomberg as POTUS. I know he is a billionaire and probably could not care less what I think and to be honest, I could care less that he could care less. When he came to Montgomery, I had a couple of friends meet him in a show of support. I wanted to go and heckle the heck out of him but figured I would get beat up and arrested by the oh so tolerant Left. The man has certainly made the most out of his businesses, certainly to be applauded, and based upon his audience seems to say the right things that people want to hear. That is of course until he goes of script, speaks his mind and then we can enjoy watching the train wreck developing.
I will be honest with you. I don’t see how in the heck any female, Black, Hispanic or farmer could actually support him. I have taken the liberty of copying some quotes, words from his own mouth and put them below. To be honest, if any Republican issued similar filth, their career would be ended immediately; rightfully so. Heck, here you have clear access into the way he sees the world and yet people still want to defend him. When confronted with his own words, one of his answers was simply along the lines of, “I don’t think that way anymore.” The quotes in this Robservation come from:
- https://reason.com/2020/02/11/bloombergs-awful-old-quotes-defending- unconstitutional-stop-and-frisk-are-coming-back-to-haunt-him/
RACIAL PROFILING - Yeah. As former mayor of New York City, he pretty much loved and approved of it. While speaking at the Aspen Institute in 2015, apparently believing all blacks look exactly alike, Bloomberg said, “Ninety-five percent of murders — murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city (inaudible). And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed.”
Wow, that is pretty bad. You know what happens when you have idiots thinking that all Blacks, all Whites, all women, all LGBT or all “Any-Ethnic-Group looks the same?” This is what happens. Last February, Eastern Illinois University student Jaylan Butler, traveling on the team bus and returning from a championship swim meet, was standing outside the bus when police rolled up on him, guns drawn and face planted him on the ground with one police officer putting the gun barrel against his forehead saying that if he moved he was going to blow his %$#@& head off. I guess it didn’t matter that he was dressed like all the other team members and the coach tried to tell the officers they had the wrong guy, it did not matter. He remained cuffed for a period of time and was eventually released. This is what happens when a “any Black-man-will-do” attitude prevails. https://time.com/5785070/black-college-swimmer-lawsuit-police-illinois/ The ACLU actually reported that 90% of Stop and Frisk people of color were in fact innocent of any crime.
Bloomberg also defended the police for “arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities” because we all know that only Blacks and Hispanics smoke pot. Hmmmm. Why do you think members of Congress and the Senate make sure they are exempt from random drug testing while the rest of us are not? Why is it a violation of their right to privacy but not ours? “Well, Rob. You fly jets and have the lives of a couple hundred people in your hands.” Yeah, true but these lawmakers make decisions affecting 350 million Americans. I would love to see them get random drug tests. I bet you some of them would fail miserably. But I digress.
To his credit, Bloomberg did apologize for his untenable position that has since been deemed unconstitutional. Yeah, his apology apparently only came after throwing his hat in the presidential ring, as brought out in an interview with Gayle King, so I am sure we can all be assured he really means it.
- “Put the cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods. So, one of the unintended consequences is, ‘Oh my god, you're arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes, that's true. Why do we do it? Because that's where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids' hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them.”
WELL-SPOKEN - Bloomberg stated that Corey Booker, aka Spartacus, was “well-spoken.” Oy! How could Bloomberg not know that this moniker is quite the racist line? My God, I have heard this a thousand times. “Gee Rob, you speak so well.” Really? Holy Cow, what the heck year is this? That is exactly the kind of dufus comments I have put up with my entire adult life. Bloomberg should have known better. But wait, it is clear he simply doesn’t care. Well-spoken? Get me outta here!
SEXIST - And you thought President Trumps locker-room talk was bad. In the 1990s, one female employee reported that when she told Bloomberg she was pregnant, he told her to “Kill it.” “He told me to ‘kill it’ in a serious monotone voice,” the woman alleged in a lawsuit. “I asked ‘What? What did you just say?’ He looked at me and repeated in a deliberate manner ‘kill it.’” Ouch!! Nice, huh? How about these choice words from a court filing? Bloomberg allegedly said, “I’d like to do that piece of meat,” and “I would DO you in a second.” He has consistently denied all allegations. In all, 17 women have taken some sort of legal action in 30 years with three cases specifically naming Bloomberg and his role in the toxic corporate culture. None of the cases ever made it to trial with four dismissed, five settled out of court and three still active. Another beauty:
- “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdales.” And, “I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site doesn’t get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one.” Really?
FARMERS - Yeah, he pretty much disrespected our farmers. His campaign tried to clean up his mistake by saying he was talking about farmers centuries ago but once he started comparing modern technological industry, he pulled modern day farmers, some pretty smart, tech savvy, ultra-adaptive and awesome people by the way, into his myopic discussion. More gray matter? He should be ashamed; if he has any.
- I could teach anybody, even people in this room so no offense intended, to be a farmer. It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that … Then you have 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal on the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow and you can have a job. And we created a lot of jobs. At one point, 98% of the world worked in agriculture; today it’s 2% in the United States. Now comes the information economy, and the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology … You have to have a lot more gray matter. In other words, Bloomberg honestly believes that tech folks are smart, which they are, but farmers are inherently stupid or unable to cope with modern technology.
To be totally honest, although I believe him to be a racist, sexist and condescending elitist, I can say that I agree with him on quite a few of his political stances. Many of which are quite conservative. Take a look at https://www.ontheissues.org/Mike_Bloomberg.htm for his stances on all major issues. That being said, a couple of his stances are a “No way in heck I would ever vote for this guy.”
Enough said for now. Thus far he has insulted minorities, women and farmers and I have not even mentioned anything yet about the NRA and the 2nd Amendment yet and his apparent approval of the repulsive banking practice called “red lining.” Enjoy looking that one up.