It’s been clear for some months now that John McCain has decided that the issues matter far less than the character of his opponent, Barack Obama. With the choice of his running mate six weeks ago, Governor Sarah Palin, whom he has allowed to run wild on the character issue, and the more recent robo calls that at first concentrated on Obama’s connections to domestic terrorists (after saying, in the last debate, that he didn’t care about any “washed up terrorists” ) and today switched, with Rudy Giuliani’s help, to misrepresenting Obama’s position with regards to sentencing for crimes committed, McCain and Palin have put the final nail in the coffin of their self respect.
McCain and Palin are creating a culture war of vast proportions under the guise of “normal negative campaigning” and the American public, inured to negative advertising for far too long, now sees the abnormal and dangerous as business as usual.
When it is not.
John McCain and Sarah Palin are doing far more damage to this country than anything they can possible accuse Barack Obama of: socialism, Marxism, spreading the wealth, being a Muslim, not being a “real” American, not being a citizen, being involved in a friendship with a “domestic terrorist,” being willing to let murderers out of jail, being soft on drugs, ignoring his brother, being Godless, a liberal, an America-hater, a Communist, and gasp, not being a patriot. I am sure there are things I have left out.
What John McCain and Sarah Palin are doing is spreading nasty and irresponsible discontent in the guise of Truth. What McCain and Palin are doing is reprehensible. What McCain and Palin are doing is spreading hate.
Yet a certain segment of the American public is eating it up like the poor starving children in Oliver’s orphanage ate up the porridge and asked for “more, please!”
And we are to believe that McCain and Palin are like us.
Good, rock-solid, God-fearing, church-going, flag-waving Americans.
An American who happens to own seven homes, has a 100 million dollar fortune, and slid by on his daddy’s coattails. An American who recently had a make-over to the tune of $150,000.
An American whose son dropped out of school, whose daughter got pregnant out of wedlock, goes to school sporadically herself and plans to marry a boy who also dropped out of school. An American who takes her young children out of school to traipse around the country while mommy goes on television to throw hockey pucks and dance.
An American who pokes fun of the liberal and un-American parts of the United States while plundering its department stores for fancy clothes to wear. An American who talks about family values while repeatedly cheating on his first wife and living apart from his second.
Right. An All American.
An All American Candidate and his running mate.
An American candidate who tells the American public that he will run a clean and honest campaign and then spends months talking not about the crises facing the country—the downfall of the financial system, the weakening the security of the country, the lack of confidence in the government, the fact that the people are emotionally and financially bankrupt and can’t pay for their own medicines if they have to buy groceries, and are losing their homes, the fact that our education system is falling behind every major industrial country—but about which states and parts of states are “most patriotic” and “most American” and whether or not the other candidate is really a Muslim in Christian clothing.
An American candidate who sends his pitbull of a vice presidential candidate out to rabble rouse and then pretends to be shocked when the crowds get mean and ugly.
John McCain and Sarah Palin are practicing character assassination of the highest order and even members of their own party are sick to death of it. Defections are taking place daily. And yet, McCain says he says Obama right where he wants him. And where is that, I wonder?
What is to be gained by painting “liberals” as less than patriotic, as socialists, Communists, Godless, traitors?
Do we not get up every morning and go to work, raise our kids, attend church (or not), pay our taxes, give to charity, mow our lawns, pay our bills, kiss our mothers just like the rest of the country?
What is to be gained by trying to portray those of us who support the other candidate as dangerous and scary? As monstrous and evil? As so misguided as to wish to bring down a reign of terror and horror and fire and brimstone and financial destruction such as the world as never ever seen before?
I cannot even begin to imagine. I look at myself in the mirror and see a good and decent woman. But then I have heard such hate mongering before and I had no horns nor cloven feet then, either. Nor did the world end.
Sarah Palin said today that God will decide this race. I refuse to accept that particular gauntlet except to say that our present president said the same thing. I would advise Ms. Palin to be careful what she wishes for.
Barack Obama is no saint. I actually disagree with him on a few issues myself. But he has maintained a much higher road than his opponent. Like George Bush right after 9-11, whatever goodwill John McCain came into the race with, and he came into it with quite a bit, he has squandered every last bit of it these past two months. He will regret his actions and his lack of attention to the real problems facing this country. Should he actually pull off a win, he will be left with even less credibility than our former commander in chief. And that is saying something.Powered by Sidelines