Governor LePage To Illuminati: "Kiss My Butt"
February 9, 2011
Paul LePage is the new governor of the state of Maine. After a long string of forgettable governors -- men who didn't stand for much, with accomplishments to match -- LePage may (just may) be different.
In a state that has drifted further and further to the left, LePage is an anomaly: a fiscal and social conservative who has the temper and outspokenness (though not the good looks) of Barry Goldwater.
HOW HE BECAME GOVERNOR
Last spring there were eight candidates in the Republican primary. Most of them were party hacks. The only one who generated any enthusiasm with the party's base was LePage.
The upshot was that although he was outspent 10 to 1 by his closest rival, he won with 38 percent of the vote.
One reason he appealed to the grass roots was that he had a real-life job (rather than a law school degree followed by a political career.)
As general manager of Marden's Surplus & Salvage-- a string of stores throughout Maine selling surplus goods, where you can find just about anything at a decent price -- LePage knows how the real economy works.
Another reason for LePage's appeal is his compelling life story. The second oldest of 18 kids in a French-speaking family (Maine has a sizable Franco-American population), he left home at the age of 11 to escape an abusive father.
He lived on the streets for two years and then, at 13, began a long string of jobs: hauling boxes for a trucking company and working in a meat-packing plant, as well as short order cook and bartender.
As he got older, he knew he had to get an education to get ahead in life; so he applied to a local college. But his English was poor and his verbal SAT score was just as poor, so he was rejected.
It was at this point that Providence intervened with a touch of irony. Peter Snowe, the first husband of Olympia Snowe (presently Maine's senior U.S. Senator, and a dedicated feminist) persuaded the college to give LePage the verbal test in French.
The rest is history. LePage was accepted, mastered English and became editor of the student newspaper. He went on to get an MBA, and in 2006 the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce named him businessman of the year.
LePage's victory in the Republican Primary sent shock waves through the political establishment in Maine.
For decades, the Republican and Democratic leadership made sure no conservative (i.e., someone who had not sold out to the Illuminati agenda) was nominated for a major office. Such races were always between a liberal and a more liberal candidate.
But once again Providence intervened. The Democratic nominee, Libby Mitchell, was a likable but long-time party hack. She was indelibly identified with the policies that had turned Maine into a poor state with high taxes and a stagnant economy.
Sensing an opportunity, another liberal, Lloyd Cutler (ostensibly from Maine but really based IN Washington, D.C.) jumped into the race as an independent.
The three-way race was close, and the media did their level best to make LePage look like a yahoo. More than once during the campaign he got into an imbroglio with reporters.
He became famous (or notorious) for saying that when he became Governor, "you can expect to see newspaper headlines saying, 'LePage tells Obama to go to hell.'" (This comment was as much about reporters as it was about Obama and himself.)
On election day, he again drew 38 percent of the vote -- 1 percent ahead of Cutler.
LePage may have won by a narrow plurality, but he's not the kind to be intimidated by that. Other candidates have won with less than 40 percent of the vote and gone on to make a sizable impact. (Dare I mention Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler?)
"KISS MY BUTT"
Since being inaugurated, LePage has continued to alarm the political establishment, and as best as I can tell, he doesn't do so as a ploy (unlike some well-known politicians).
Last month he was expected to attend some events on the Martin Luther King holiday. Having other commitments, he declined. When challenged, he said he would not be "held hostage" by special interest groups.
At this, the media (not just in Maine) went bonkers. The NAACP announced they wanted LePage to meet with their representatives. To which LePage replied to reporters, "Tell them they can kiss my butt."
The media generally neglected to mention that LePage was laughing when he said this. They also forgot to mention that a Black youth from Jamaica, Devon Raymond, Jr., has been an adopted member of LePage's household for years.
It's too early to tell what LePage will try to do as governor, or whether he will succeed. But already he has told the Attorney General to join the federal lawsuit challenging Obamacare.
And he has revoked Maine's status as a "sanctuary state" that protects illegal immigrants. (His predecessor, Governor Baldacci, was the first governor in America to declare his state a "sanctuary state")
It's known that LePage wants to reduce regulations that stifle business. He wants to reduce the income tax (make it flat) as well as reduce the excise tax on automobiles.
He also favors nuclear energy, school vouchers and local control of school curricula. Unlike previous Maine governors, he won't be pushing abortion and same-sex marriage.
It's difficult not to be cynical about those who run for public office. Over the years we've been disappointed and betrayed by so many.
Some have been secret traitors. Others were simpletons and dupes. Others sold out, for the money and the fame and the perks.
Then there are those who want to do the right thing, at first, but crumble under pressure. The Illuminati have plenty of sticks as well as carrots. If you cross them, they can punish you. If you become enough of a threat, they may ruin you, or kill you.
So it's no surprise that many give up after awhile. They do a few good things of a minor nature, but mostly keep a low profile. They may keep their honor -- but they don't really do much, just slow the train down a little as it hurtles toward the bombed-out bridge.
We're rapidly moving toward a breakpoint. The world we've known is disintegrating. It's imploding from its own contradictions (and, like the twin towers, from acts of "creative destruction").
We're going to need leaders who are tough, smart, and decent, who are one of us. The states and the federal government are going to come more and more into conflict. The economy is going to tank again, this time for real. For these and other reasons, we're facing issues of survival.
I voted for LePage because he looked like a survivor to me, and because he looked like a man who would fight for his people. Whether that will prove true, I don't know. But he may (just may) be one of God's men in the valley of decision.
Rollin Stearns is a former book editor who lives in Maine.