A Tale Of Two Creeps

I have referred to Mitt Romney as creepy. Perhaps I have been too kind.

Way back when kids were getting drafted, uniformed, and sent off to Vietnam, Mitt Romney, apparently yearning for an authoritarian outlet that didn’t involve combat, donned the uniform of the Michigan State Police and commenced pulling folks over for jollies.

So says Joe Conason, of The National Memo, who posted this story:

Did Young Mitt Romney Impersonate A Police Officer? Another Witness Says Yes

The lede:

When Mitt Romney was a college freshman, he told fellow residents of his Stanford University dormitory that he sometimes disguised himself as a police officer – a crime in many states, including Michigan and California, where he then lived. And he had the uniform on display as proof.

The story is based on the accounts of Robin Madden, who happens to be a television producer and writer (among others, “Diagnosis Murder” episodes, as well as, ironically, episodes of “Walker, Texas Ranger”). Conason writes:

Said Madden in a recent interview, “He told us that he had gotten the uniform from his father,” George Romney, then the Governor of Michigan, whose security detail was staffed by uniformed troopers. “He told us that he was using it to pull over drivers on the road. He also had a red flashing light that he would attach to the top of his white Rambler.”

Hopefully, Mitt Fife kept his one bullet in his shirt pocket.

Seriously, I’m not all that surprised that Romney attempted to live out his authoritarian fantasies by impersonating a cop. Isn’t that the point of his presidential campaign?

Mitt’s personality, as revealed by his deeds, is pregnant with rigidness, severity, bossiness. Here is a guy—a committed, hard-core Mormon for starters—who assaulted a fellow student in high school who was suspected of being gay; he let slip that he likes firing people; he made lots of money practicing vulture capitalism; he loved the Vietnam War—just not enough to actually fight it. The revelation that he dressed up as a cop—and apparently acted as one—is just not that shocking.

Now, you might not think that what follows is related to Mitt’s occupational cross-dressing, but I found the following on Bungalow Bill’s Conservative Wisdom, via Busplunge:

The proprietor of Bungalow Bill’s, conservative Clay Bowler, found the above picture on the Facebook page of a man named David Overcast. Mr. Overcast happens to be an Ozark, Missouri, police officer. Yes, that’s right. The man who posted the picture above, a loaded gun aimed at liberals, is an officer of the law here in southwest Missouri.

Here’s what Mr. Overcast looks like, when he’s not threatening liberals he has sworn to protect:

In case you’re confused, that’s Mr. Overcast on the left, and obviously that is a liberal fish.

In order to fully get the picture of what kind of guy is Mr. Overcast, here’s three more photos from his Facebook page:

Okay, maybe those photos don’t tell us too much about what kind of mentality we are beholding, but perhaps these images from his Facebook page will:

Now, my point in all this is not to paint Mr. Overcast as the gun-toting, Obama-hating creep he is, but to raise the issue of why some people have a hankering  to put on that law-enforcement uniform in the first place.

It’s no secret that some—some—cops get their authoritarian rocks off by throwing their weight around using their uniform and badge. Naturally such folks look for authoritarian traits in their politicians and thus tend to be conservative Republicans. And it so happens that today’s conservatism, as brilliantly explained by former Nixon man, John Dean, is defined by its embrace of such authoritarianism:

Authoritarianism’s impact on contemporary conservatism is beyond question. Because this impact is still growing and has troubling (if not actually evil) implications, I hope that social scientists will begin to write about this issue for general readers. It is long past time to bring the telling results of their empirical work into the public square and to the attention of American voters. No less than the health of our democracy may depend on this being done. We need to stop thinking we are dealing with traditional conservatives on the modern stage, and instead recognize that they’ve often been supplanted by authoritarians.

In the case of the Ozark bully-cop and the GOP wannabe-cop-president, we really don’t need any social scientist to explain that what is at work in the heads of David Overcast and Mitt Romney is nothing but a manifestation of the authoritarian impulse—despotic , dictatorial, domineering—the heart and soul of right-wing politics these days.

The only question is whether this November a majority of Americans will enable Mitt Romney to live out his ultimate authoritarian fantasy by giving him the badge and uniform of the presidency.

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  1. angelfire

     /  June 7, 2012

    The Ozark cop should be fired. He’s nuts in the worst way.


  2. Holy rigidity, Batman! This guy is right out in the open. The DHS and the NSA are smarter, they know to keep their activities secret from prying liberal eyes.

    Makes me think of something Ray Bradbury wrote: “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.


  3. Jane Reaction

     /  June 7, 2012

    Good reporting.

    I saw a lot of guys like Overcast who wanted in our law enforcement courses when I was running Army education centers in the Vietnam era. The troops had low self-esteem, poor personal relations (probably divorced), not very bright. The profile of a mean, low-skilled bully that didn’t usually rise far in rank.

    Now that I think about it, a guy with an authoritarian father, largely absent supervision, and money enough to buy an Ivy League education, might run for president.


  4. ansonburlingame

     /  June 7, 2012

    I saw a clip several months ago on a mainstream broadcast (not Fox. It may have been 60 Minutes as I recall) showing several union workers during their lunch hour drinking booze and smoking pot in a nearby enclave. One guy in particular was the size and shape of “Overcast” except he was black and drunk and beligerent when he realized he was being photographed.

    So I go find a big, black, hulking union brute and say Obama is supporting THAT GUY and in fact in many ways ACTS like that guy!!!




    • Anson,

      It is comments like this that confirm a long held suspicion: Time would be more productive if you traded in your computer for a nice bug zapper.


  5. KABE

     /  June 7, 2012

    AB, I once watched a news report about Tail Hook. People were held responsible. I have seen with my own eyes at auto plant shift changes people drinking and smoking weed. People were held responsible again. Now it is Mr. Overcasts turn to be held responsible. I do not see how you can defend this. This is Jackie Robinson, 2012.



  6. Anonymous

     /  June 8, 2012

    Anson,- Sometimes you make sense, but your Racism takes away all credibility.


  7. Duane, this is indeed troubling. Even here in NC, this man would lose his job as soon as his superiors learned of these fb graphics. I hope to soon see a post on your blog saying that the Chief of Police of Ozark, MO has dismissed Mr. Overcast from the force.


  8. ansonburlingame

     /  June 8, 2012

    i posted a repy earlier today but it is not here so will try again.

    Duane uses a white, redneck cop showing traits and sentiments that not many Americans support and then tries to link Romney to that man. Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous

    I then “suggest” showing a brutish, black and militant union worker and show how Obama could be linked to him, following Duane’s line of “reasoning”

    I do not accuse Obama of supporting such idiots in unions nor do I believe Romney supports such idiots in the “hils” of wherever.

    Linking etiher man to such characters is, well ridiculous, in my view.

    And for that I am again called a racist? Are you kidding me.



    • King Beauregard

       /  June 9, 2012

      The point of similarity between Romney and Overcast was their authoritarian impulses. The point of similarity between Obama and your hypothetical black militant union worker was their skin tone. And you are shocked, shocked that people detect a trace of racism.


  9. ansonburlingame

     /  June 9, 2012

    I have never read about a “black redneck” have you? Had Overcast been black, then I would have picked a white union brute to compare to President Obama, obviously.

    I have also never seen a black, radical preacher highlighted in this blog other than comments defending Obama and his relationship with Rev. Wright, herein.

    It is a really simple point to consider. Many “idiots” regardless of skin color will support both Romney or Obama, if they have the sense to even vote.
    Duane gleefully sweeps up white idiots supporting the GOP to make us think the GOP is itself racist. I could, but choose not to do so, sweep up many, many clips of black “idiots” supporting Democrats.

    Nether Obama nor Romney are going to slap down the “idiots” that support their cause(s) or campaigns. (Rednecks or New Black Panthers as an example). But you know as well as I do that either candidate, very, very privately, would think or actually ask, how do I distance myself from the “idiots” on both sides of the aisle.

    Duane loves to focus on the extremes of the GOP. Geoff will occasionally focus on the extremes of the Dem side.

    I prefer instead to only counter what I consider to be ridiculous comparisons made by Duane, herein. But if I want to consider non-idiotic ideas, well I liked George Wills column today (Sat) in the Globe and how to control (or not) the mass of regulations coming down on our collective heads.



    • King Beauregard

       /  June 9, 2012

      You’re not fooling anyone.


    • Kabe

       /  June 11, 2012

      AB, you never can make a point without throwing a “union thug” into the mix. I suppose I could give you several stories about abusive managers , as could Duane. I recall your story about the accusation against you, which I assume was several years ago. I was not there, but I will accept your version. But please, let it go! We got, you don’t like unions, but quit using it for all of your metaphors.

      Now I have a question. I wonder if they have a union in Ozark? Doubtful, but I bet Mr. Overcast hates them to, but would love one in the near future.


  10. ansonburlingame

     /  June 10, 2012

    Nor am I trying to do so, King, even the “idiots”.


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