This may come as a surprise to some people, but I feel sorry for. I really do.
The more I see of the man who would be the next president of the United States of America, the more I am convinced that he is a truly, tragically lost soul. As tragically lost as the wealthy, Talibank thinning, Pepsi-Tetra Pak heiress Eva Rausing proved to be.
I actually found myself crying for Kalibank femme Ms. Rausing and her family back in July. My tears were triggered by thoughts of the impact of her death on her father, Sam Kemeny, in particular.
Mr. Kemeny, readers may recall, published a moving tribute to his daughter which gave some insights into how her and husband Hans Kristian Rausing's codependent addiction to cocaine led to her death in London - and his concealment of her corpse for eight months in their £70 million Chelsea home.
A short time after that extraordinary tear-filled episode - extraordinary in comparison to tears for my tragically deceased Talibank-thinned Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson, for example - I wrote a poem that captured something of the sorrow I felt for Mr. Kemeny and the life lessons that may be learnt from his daughter's death, her husband's, children's and other friends' and family members' losses and dilemmas.
Here's that poem:
Owed to Sam Kemeny
Owed to Sam Kemeny
Heir to the Eva and Hans Kristian Rausing tragedy.
Ear to a wife who less publicly grieves.
Air to a cry from the deep.
Does such success sleep?
Who toil for oil in the night:
Whose glory dims at sunlight.
Posh polish upon our British blight.
I could hardly believe myself.
Crying my eyes out – clear out of my head!
As though it was my own little Love who had fallen and scraped her knee.
As though my own little Lion had fallen from the tree
In the house that they built themselves,
By the sea.
So much for that British-American-Barbadian health:
So much for that Bajan, craven, Western wealth;
So much for that polarizing prosperity.
So much for that dollar-pound-proud currency.
Hollow luck: hard wuk
For Mayan obesity.
I think the deceased former director of Barbados' Commission for Pan-African Affairs Dr. Ikael Tafari once told me that the modern phenomenon of drug abuse and addiction reflects the meaninglessness of life for some people: their spiritual impoverishment, basically.
From this point of view the Romney-Rausing correspondence I am suggesting here is clear. Readers only need recall thecomment about "poverty of the imagination" that I cited in the in the first article in this series.
What sets Mitt Romney apart from the Rausings - or should, at any rate - is his professed piety: his Mormon faith. If Hans Kristian is or Eva Rausing was religious, this has not been publicized.
But Mr. Romney’s flip-flopping on a range of ethical issues suggests a crisis of faith. It raises questions about his capacity to believe in anything - except "power," possibly.
And there’s the rub: time and again history teaches that those who pursue power with blinkered, suicidal, Taliban-like zeal invariably only succeed at demonstrating their own impotence, ultimately.
They invariably experience something of the helplessness that a Daily Mail article about correspondence between Eva Rausing and imprisoned murderer Johnnie Allan reveals.
According to that article’s author Polly Dunbar, “Eva appears to have seen strong parallels between the prisoner’s pathetic situation and her own, viewing them both as imprisoned and powerless.”
Just today I learnt that in September prospective first lady Ann Romney expressed fears over the impact the presidency could have on her husband’s psychological well-being.
My own training in linguistics – and my interest in the field of neurolinguistics especially – inclines me to share Ann Romney’s anxiety.
My own concern for Mr. Romney’s mental health – distinct from a more holistic concern for his moral well-being - began as I noted with interest the number of times the Massachusetts governor muddled his speech in the first debate between himself and President Obama.
It occurred to me that his occasional irregularity of speech could suggest he faces a stroke liability.
Even with access to Mr. Romney’s medical records it would be impossible to make a judgment definitively. Stroke prediction is very risky.
But Americans and America well-wishers globally might be excused for wondering if this aspiring leader of the world’s most powerful country is receiving the kind of medical – especially psychological – support he now needs and will need if his bid for the White House succeeds.
Or is he like Eva Rausing was, possibly, deluding himself and being deceived by costly acquired "well-respected" legitimate medical doctors who provide all sorts of "medications."
Might the popular vote seeking Mitt Romney, in a manner not entirely unlike the late pop music icon, be destined for a demise choreographed by some form of chemical dependency?
Or might he be a dissenting patient, resisting the wise counsel of doctors and friends – misguided by his own brand of medical misanthropy?
At any rate, Sam Kemeny can affirm what history has shown consistently: that wealth can be as much a prison or death sentence as poverty.
I pray (been doing a lot of that of late) that it’s not too late for Mitt Romney and his family to learn to recognize that wealth’s providence can be a “trick or treat.”
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