Archive for October 2008

I Want to Live in Obama’s America

October 28, 2008

From Victoria Jackson, a Saturday Night Live vet:

I don’t want a political label, but Obama bears traits that resemble the anti- Christ and I’m scared to death that uneducated people will ignorantly vote him into office.

You see, what bothers me most, besides being a Communist, and a racist . . . is that he is a LIAR. He pretends to be a Christian and he incriminates himself everytime he speaks about Christianity. To lie about being a believer in Christ is very dangerous. Lightning could strike him at any minute! But seriously, he doesn’t have a clue what the Bible says and yet he pretends to be a church-going Christian to win votes. That is sooooo evil.

ok, she’s an extreme wingnut and obviously not terribly bright. Here’s what McCain is saying:

I’m an American. And I choose to fight. Don’t give up hope. Be strong. Have courage. And fight. Fight for a new direction for our country. Fight for what’s right for America.

Fight to clean up the mess of corruption, infighting and selfishness in Washington.

Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history. Now, let’s go win this election and get this country moving again.

It’s very typical Republican rhetoric. “We have enemies and we must defeat them. Be afraid. Be very afraid.” McCain hinted that Obama is a socialist (“spread the wealth around”) but he doesn’t actually say it.

Palin isn’t so fussy:

Senator Obama says now he wants to spread the wealth, which means government taking your hard-earned money and doughing it out however the politician sees fit, and Barack Obama calls it spreading the wealth and Joe Biden calls higher taxes patriotic. Joe the Plumber said it sounded to him like socialism.

And again the standard Republican “be very afraid” rhetoric. Everybody knows a socialist is just someone whose too shy to call themselves a communist. They think they can win with this rhetoric. I really hope they keep it up. Every time they say the word “socialist” or “elitist” or “Muslim” or “terrorist” a Democratic angel gets her wings.

Fortunately it looks like they are burying themselves in their own big piles of steaming manure.

Here’s what Obama is saying:

I know these are difficult times for America. But I also know that we have faced difficult times before. The American story has never been about things coming easy – it’s been about rising to the moment when the moment was hard. It’s about seeing the highest mountaintop from the deepest of valleys. It’s about rejecting fear and division for unity of purpose. That’s how we’ve overcome war and depression. That’s how we’ve won great struggles for civil rights and women’s rights and worker’s rights. And that’s how we’ll emerge from this crisis stronger and more prosperous than we were before – as one nation; as one people.

The question comes down to which America you want to live in. I want to be what Barack Obama thinks I am and I want to live in his America.

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Better than He Is

October 22, 2008

The quote below from The New Republic is a more expanded version of a “Quote of the Day” from the Dish:

Tyrants and génocidaires would sleep less soundly during a McCain presidency. And yet it is impossible any longer to ignore the contradiction between the nobility of his past and the ignobility of his present. He is abstracted, dispersed, out of focus, Stockdalesque, mentally undone. Often he sounds simply unintelligent. I would be more affected by his championing of soldiers and veterans if it were not also the championing of people like himself: solipsism is a common effect of solidarity, and McCain’s sense of reality seems to be narrowing. The financial crisis harshly exposed these limitations: it made McCain more dogmatic and more doctrinaire, with his wild refrain about tax cuts and his unmaverick-like refusal to examine his party’s cult of corporations. His economics refuted his compassion. McCain feels with his heart, but he thinks with his base. And when he picked Sarah Palin, he told the United States of America to go fuck itself. I used to think of my dilemma this way: Obama’s conception of America is better than he is, McCain’s conception of America is worse than he is. But McCain is looking more and more like his America, which is Bush’s America: a country of capitalists and Christians. I do not know how to explain what has become of him. But the more I regard him, the more I recall Gene’s ominous words. You vote for the man.

Though I like the “told the United States of America to go fuck itself” line very much, I thought the far more important line was the next one: “I used to think of my dilemma this way: Obama’s conception of America is better than he is, McCain’s conception of America is worse than he is.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, hits the nail on the head.

Why The Repubs will Lose. . .and why they should

October 21, 2008

I ran across this via MSNBC Political Cartoons of the Week:

This image completely captures the pointlessness of the McCain campaign. It’s now a cliché to say McCain is out of touch, but this man just doesn’t get it at a level beyond the imagination. Palin doesn’t know there’s an “it” to get.

It seems like the entire right wing is hysterical. They can’t figure out what in the hell is going on. Someone I know likes to say “reality is that which blithely ignores what you think about it.” Reality is that cartoon.

I do a lot of opposition research and came across this at the NRO:

That is to say, the continued association [with Ayers] is easily explained for anyone willing to look at the facts. The post 9/11 Ayers was exactly the same guy as the pre-9/11 Ayers. That’s what drew Obama to him in the first place. The media and our esteemed commentariat choose not to look at the facts — after all, Obama is such a fine writer and has such intellectual rigor. So we have the usual dismissal or complex rationalizations of something that is obvious and simple: Obama shares Ayers’s Leftist politics. Whatever distance Obama has imposed in the last couple of years is strictly a function of his electoral ambitions.

The truth is if Obama had any kind of association with Ayers, it would be screaming in the headlines. It’s not there. Obama served on a board with him along with a bunch of people including Republicans. Obama’s career was not launched in Ayers’s living room. That’s simply a bald-faced lie. Annenberg who gave millions to Ayers’s projects has endorsed McCain for president. Why did McCain accept an endorsement (and I assume a contribution) from someone who gave almost 50 million dollars to a terrorist?

The Ayers thing is steaming pile of bullshit. And it’s what the right wing–along with McCain and Palin–are all about.

Meanwhile this is what Obama is about (with thanks to The Dish):

And Did You Notice He’s Black?

October 20, 2008

Obama isn’t letting any state go without a fight. This is from his campaigners in West Freekin’ Virginia:

“He is black” was the first thing Kenny Perdue, the state’s AFL-CIO president, said. “The gentleman that’s in the White House and John McCain — they’re white men. And I’m absolutely ashamed of what George W. Bush has done to this country.”

The president of the United Mine Workers, Cecil Roberts, spoke after Perdue in a parking lot set in the flat plateau below the remains of a strip-mined mountain.

“I’d rather have a black friend than a white enemy,” he said. State Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey spoke, too. Casey, 57, grew up Irish Catholic in Charleston, and he said the bus was following John F. Kennedy’s bus route in the 1960 Democratic primary.

“There’s a lot of people out there think you’re a bunch of inbred, redneck racists,” he told a couple dozen people wearing union hats and jackets. “They say you won’t vote for a man who’s black.”

“The rest of the country thought when Kennedy ran we were a bunch of ignorant, inbred religious bigots,” he said. “They were wrong, and we made Kennedy president.”

And I’m also ashamed of what Bush & Co. have done to this country. I want Obama to restore the America we remember. I want him to get rid of the banana republic we have now. A reputation is hard to gain and easy to lose. Bush has thrown our national reputation away with both hands.

Signs of the Times

October 14, 2008

This is what McCain & Palin have wrought:

by way of fivethirtyeight.com

and

by way of Pharyngula

the author of the second sign seems to be an ideal McCain-Palin supporter.

Country Last

October 13, 2008

McCain has a new stump speech. He’s desperate and while he’s lumbering along slugging at Obama, Obama is defending himself with akaido, jujitsu. McCain is beating himself up rather badly and seems to be finally realizing it’s his own blows that are rebounding back on him. Today in a stump speech he said this:

“What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people. I come from a long line of McCains who believed that to love America is to fight for her. I have fought for you most of my life. There are other ways to love this country, but I’ve never been the kind to do it from the sidelines.”

I used to believe he meant that, more or less. I used to believe he believed it of himself and he still may. But I don’t believe it any more. He proved that it was all a lie when he chose Palin as his vice. When he did that he showed us that it’s McCain first.

And the rest of us dead last.

Reaping the Whirlwind

October 9, 2008

Reaping the Whirlwind. Letting the genie out of the bottle. Opening Pandora’s box.

John McCain is starting something he may not be able to finish. He is whipping up a mob filled with hate and fear.