The Republican effort to make Arnold
Schwarzenegger president of the United States has begun. California
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced legislation to overturn the
Constitutional requirement that permits only persons born in
the United States to serve as president. Similar legislation
was introduced in the Senate.
If the words “I, Arnold Schwarzenegger, do solemnly swear…” seem
impossible, think again. I recall saying of another actor turned
governor of California, “Reagan can’t get elected.” Ever since
I was proven wrong in 1980 I have never discounted the possibility
of anybody becoming president - any white person, that is.
Passage of a Constitutional amendment requires
a two-thirds vote from both the House and Senate. Both are controlled
by the Republicans.
Three-quarters of the 50 state legislatures would then have to
ratify the amendment. It is fair to assume that the rest of the
is as addle brained as the Californians who made Arnold Schwarzenegger
governor. Schwarzenegger’s political ascent should leave no one
in doubt that he is capable of winning the presidency.
Republican evil doing and media bias against Democrats both played
a role in turning an actor into a governor. Darrell Issa, a millionaire
Republican Congressman, used his personal fortune to pay for a
ballot initiative recalling Democrat Gray Davis. Comedian Bill
Maher said of the recall, “No do-overs. Once you elect an official,
unless he runs off with public funds or gets caught with kiddie
porn, you're stuck with him.”
That line may have gotten laughs but the joke
was on Issa when Republican power brokers ordered him to step
aside in favor of
Schwarzenegger. Karl Rove and his gang knew that America’s sick
fascination with celebrities made it more likely that an actor
would defeat a politician. Issa took a dive, and Arnold was in
the race against Davis.
After Schwarzenegger announced his intention to run, on the Tonight
Show no less, stories known to a few became general public knowledge.
Fifteen women came forward to say that Schwarzenegger grabbed their
breasts or otherwise assaulted them.
The Los Angeles Times did great reporting on the story, only to
become the victim of a Republican boycott and smear campaign. The
well documented stories didn’t keep Arnie out of the Governor’s
Obviously there are millions of people who
envied not only Schwarzenegger’s
film persona but his real life ability to have anyone bend to his
twisted will. Voters were not turned off by reports of a pervert
in the governor’s mansion. Indeed many were turned on.
Of course we can’t discuss Governor Gropinator
without discussing the pernicious effects of the corporate controlled,
media. Two black body builders, Robby Robinson and Rick Wayne,
both said that Schwarzenegger made racist comments
on a regular basis and expressed support for South African apartheid. "If
you give these blacks a country to run, they would run it down
the tubes," Arnold opined. If you haven’t heard any of this
before it is for a very simple reason. The press chose not to tell
you. Rick Wayne was interviewed by ABC but the network never
broadcast the conversation.
Oprah Winfrey could have told you. In the midst of the raucous
campaign she interviewed Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver.
If Oprah was going to stick her nose into politics she should have
at least pretended to be a real journalist. She could have interviewed
the other candidates for governor, or at least asked Schwarzenegger
to explain the allegations of manhandling, racism and love of Hitler.
There was another strange omission from Ms.
In the days when Schwarzenegger had no idea he would be a politician
he told this tale in 1977 to Oui magazine.
The idea of a black woman magically appearing in the nude in
the middle of a gym is improbable. It isn’t clear if Schwarzenegger
engaged in gang rape of a black woman or if he just fantasized
about it. It is too bad that Oprah didn’t think it important
enough to ask him.
If the groping allegations are any indication,
it wouldn’t have
mattered if ABC or Oprah had done their job. The question then
is not whether enough Americans would want Schwarzenegger to
be president, but whether they want him enough to take the chance
that any foreign born person might occupy the oval office.
If state legislators around the country knew
they were definitely making Arnold commander in chief then
the amendment would pass
overwhelmingly. The problem is that the amendment can’t be written
with the name Schwarzenegger on it. Once Pandora’s box is opened,
it is opened to all, including foreigners who aren’t white.
If Austria can be the birth place of an American president,
so can China, India or Mexico. In the absence of an intelligent
electorate, a fair media, and a competent Democratic party, fear
of a brown or yellow president is probably the only thing that
will keep Arnold in Sacramento and away from Washington. It is
sad but true that only racism will keep this racist from holding
the highest office in the land.