McCain & Palin Sling Mud While Economy Tanks
What’s wrong with the media? While the economy continues on its downhill slide, they give major airtime to McCain and Palin’s negative attacks on Barack Obama and call them “McCain’s only chance of winning.”
Complete with a crowd assembled from the radical right to give them cover, McCain and Palin made a joint appearance yesterday stoking the age-old fires of racial politics that we have witnessed in this country since the “Southern Strategy” launched by Richard Nixon. Along with those who introduced them from the stage, they have peppered their rallies with “regular citizens” who somehow summon up the courage to become public speakers and “plea” with McCain to do something to expose and defeat the “evil” Obama.
Mrs. Jack, a pretty smart cookie who is reticent about jumping to her feet during political rallies to give speeches, pointed out her belief that these people are ringers. I must admit that I didn’t think about it in that way. I just thought they were partisan, racist crazies. But as she put forth her take on what we were seeing this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, I realized that she might just have something. These two guys – one white and one black – did seem extremely articulate, and were placed strategically in the crowd so that they would be in the camera shots without having to cut away from McCain. Very interesting!
While Joe Scarborough took issue with the criticism of pundits and Democratic spokespersons who dared to call McCain on this shameful aspect of his desperate campaign, I strongly disagree. Just like Morning Joe, I grew up in THE SOUTH, and know what the people are like down here. And I also have met a lot of rural Midwesterners who have moved down here in the 80’s, and they fit right in with the redneck racists who already live here. Why? I think it is because they blame black Americans for the loss of their jobs back home. They feel that through the affirmative action laws that came into being in the early days of the civil rights movement that they have been put at a disadvantage by their own government, and they are VERY angry about it. I understand their pain. I’m one of them. However, they are being illogical in that they don’t recognize how a bunch of Republican politicians have tapped into their pain and made promises that they haven’t delivered on during a six-year period when they could have. Simply, while they are mad at black America and Democrats who sympathized with the truly painful experience black people were going through, they don’t see that the Republicans they expect to champion their cause are merely paying lip service in election years to get their votes.
As John McCain and Sarah Palin mine the depths of hate and social division in our country, all the while touting their willingness to “work across the aisle” with Democrats, they continue to bring about an even deeper divide than the one we had to begin with. After all, what have the Republicans really done for the Religious Right? Every time I make the trip into Houston to go to the VA Hospital, I see the large signs of adult video stores alongside the highway. Despite the promise of moral concern on the part of Republicans, here in a Republican State and in Harris County, a Republican-controlled county, and under the very nose of a Republican President from this very state, nothing has been done to address the calls of the Religious Right in our area to shut these places down.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a lefty and believe that people have the right or option to either pull off the highway and go inside these businesses or not. The freedom-loving Religious Right doesn’t see it that way at all. They always say they don’t want the government on their backs, but they do want it in everyone’s bedroom and to subscribe to a certain religious ideal – theirs! But they, too, have been used by the cynical Republican politicians who year after year claim to care about their issues and do nothing. A couple of amusing side notes to all of this: Phil Graham – Senator McCain’s former economic advisor who called us all a bunch of whiners – is widely known to have owned a chain of adult video stores in our state, and Tom DeLay – the upholder of morality itself – made several trips to Taiwan where he met with and dined with and did who-knows-what-else with a known trafficker in the underage Asian sex trade. All the while these two pillars of the Right have been trashing Democrats as an immoral bunch of dilettantes. How hypocritical!
Speaking of Republicans who say one thing and then do another, I’m looking forward to the release of the report on Troopergate today to see what Ms. Sarah Palin has been doing in the Governor’s Mansion in Alaska. I will withhold further comment until it is released; however, I do find it interesting that the McCain campaign has released its own report on the matter early this morning. I guess they are hoping people will be confused as to which of the two reports is the REAL one.