Blood-sucking Parasites

October 1st, 2012

Inspired by Romney’s Plan to Win Virginia: Lyme Disease (Mother Jones 9/28/12).


“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement…I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” – Mitt Romney in leaked fundraising meeting video
“As president, Mitt Romney will ensure that real action is taken to get control of this epidemic that is wreaking havoc on Northern Virginians.” – Romney campaign lyme disease mailer


Ticks don’t take responsibility for their own lives–

The species literally on the blood of others survives.


They are with such a sense of entitlement imbued

That they turn you into both housing and food.


They spread bacteria that can sicken or kill their host

With a disease often ignored, or undiagnosed.


An estimated 47% of ticks are infected,

Often living among us undetected.


We have to stop their parasitic attack.

Oh, and did I mention, they’re black?



Here’s Rachel’s 9/28/12 “Tick Talk” report on Romney’s lyme disease outreach in VA. Rachel and the other media coverage don’t mention this, but is it possible that the Romney campaign is in fact deliberately trying to send a dog-whistle message? VA is, after all, a battleground state. Or, maybe it’s just Romney’s way to kiss up to Mike Farris, an influence Virginia social conservative whose pet issue this is (unfortunately, Farris advocates, and Romney seems to endorse, a form of treatment which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against, and for which the doctor treating Farris’s wife lost his license). Or, maybe it’s both…

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Here’s Martin Bashir’s 10/01/12 report on Mitt’s lyme disease outreach, which he thinks is just micro-targeting. Martin, I think you’re selling Mitt short…

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Here’s Mitt talking about a similar epidemic that he’d like to eradicate.

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