Really, what can we say about this picture (courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer)?  This was taken during Mitt Romney’s recent visit to Lebanon, Ohio.

We adore the sign – “The best pork is Conservative Pork.”

What could this mean?

Perhaps Conservative Pork is only from pigs which don’t eat feed made from subsidized corn?  According to Tufts University, the discount from feed subsidies enjoyed by large and industrial hog operations housing totaled almost $1 billion per year between 1997 and 2005.  Sorta makes the owner’s whole “we built this” narrative a little more complicated.

A friend who teaches British Literature said that the first thing that comes to her mind is George Orwell’s Animal Farm.  She explains that in Orwell’s book, the pigs lead a revolution to take over a farm.  However, the pigs soon abandon the revolutionary ideals.  “Orwell chose pigs to be the leaders for a reason,” she explains.  “Anyone who has spent time on a farm knows that pigs are very smart, but they are also very selfish.  So Conservative Pork would certainly be consistent with the motto adopted by the pigs in Orwell’s book that ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’”

Some other ideas:

You are not permitted to share Conservative Pork with a friend after church.  Ayn Rand certainly wouldn’t share her sandwich (She says, “Every form of happiness is private”).  And we are pretty sure you shouldn’t offer to share your pork sandwich with Jesus – he likely kept kosher.

Conservative Pork is certainly served on white bread.  (Too much or too easy?  As we look through the entire gallery of crowd photos on the Enquirer webpage, and then did a quick Google images search for pictures of the rally, we don’t see anything but white people.)

The message boards are open – so share your best idea on why the best pork is Conservative Pork.

  • We liberals prefer what Ryan called “green pork”!

  • John

    I thought conservatives were against pork….that is, until and unless the pork could be used in the district of the conservative House member….and then they do their darndest to get it! After all…they would say….. “that is different,” wouldn’t they? It’s kinda’ like the bailout moneys that Ryan badmouthed…they were a bad idea….if they were used anywhere else but Wisconsin.

  • Voting for Conservative Pork will surely lead our country to “Porky’s Revenge.”

  • middleclasser

    Hey… don’t pick on farmers. With the drought they had a bad year. Of course, with federal subsided crop insurance, many will have normal incomes. And oh yea, the fed govt on average pays 50% of the cost of that insurance. So when Romney stops borrowing from China to discontinue that program, I wonder what will happen to the incomes of those small businesses and what then will be the cost of “conservative pork” sandwich. Ooops, he forgot to tell them he will do that, or is he just talking tough and won’t do that? Like the old
    “what’s my line show”, will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

  • John

    Middleclasser…don’t forget about the federal farm program that pays farmers for not growing a crop on the land that sits idle. How’s that for the Ronnie Reagan “welfare queen” description of one getting government moneys for doing nothing?

  • oh no i guess we’ll have to stop killing animals for our own selfish pleasure and eat vegetables.

  • guesty

    You guys see the Dayton Daily News article from 10/6/12 that detailed the hundreds of millions of dollars we’ve given to state businesses, after they threaten to leave? Part of Romney’s 47% I suppose. Read it, it’ll make yer blood boil.

  • SlapFat

    Conservative Pork is best when spiced with hypocrisy.

  • We’ve been writing about that for 2 years. Finally glad to see DDN picking up the slack!

  • DMoore

    Yeah. That coward hid behind the people in his district calling his demands for stimulus money “constituent requests.” That’s the same kind of wordsmithing liars use when they say “I mispoke.”

  • DMoore

    John – Don’t YOU forget that giving hungry kids free school lunches (which may have some conservative pork in them) is so much worse than giving Timken, a company that’s been around forever and has no intention of leaving Ohio) 56 million dollars in tax relief for their new headquarters.

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