It’s Not Paranoia If They Really Are Out To Get You
What’s wrong with the media? They still are failing to follow up on the growing unrest that the McCain/Palin campaign is stirring up among rural white voters by demonizing Barack Obama.
I would rather be wrong about this whole thing. We as Democrats have so much to be confident about as the lead Barack Obama has in the polls holds strong. McCain, despite what many Republicans claim is a closing race, looks to have a 45% ceiling that he cannot get above. There’s also the growing numbers of Republicans from the moderate and fiscal-conservative wings of the party that are fleeing for the exit as the Hate Talk Express scares them for their political futures. Yet, there are many, notably Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan, who use their television platforms to lend legitimacy to the divide-and-conquer, win-at-any-cost strategy being run by John McCain and Sarah Palin.
This morning on Morning Joe, which I am beginning to call Morning Whine, there was a clip of an interview of Joe Biden by Florida’s WFTV Channel 9 anchorwoman Barbara West. She asked
Senator Biden if Barack Obama was pushing a Marxist agenda with his tax plan. Biden was expectedly taken aback by the phraseology of the question and responded, “Are you kidding me?” Ms. West assured him that she, indeed, was not kidding. Biden explained the tax plan of Barack Obama. Joe Scarborough, with the air-headed Mika Brzezinski singing backup, accused Biden of being testy. Whining Joe didn’t see anything wrong with the casual throwing around of the word “Marxist” by the woman.
Well, Joe, let’s put the shoe on the other foot for just a second. What if one of those evil left-wing media types you are always ranting about asked this question? “Senator McCain, aren’t you promoting a fascist agenda when you allow your supporters to demonize Senator Obama as a Communist, Marxist, and socialist while sending your running mate out to say Obama ‘pals around with terrorists’?” Come on, Joe, you would go ballistic, just like you did when a hero of the civil rights movement, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), compared McCain and Palin’s tactics to those of Governor George Wallace. That’s right, you did. It seems, Joe, that as election day gets closer and closer, your whine gets more and more shrill and that what I find most refreshing about you, your ability to see both sides most of the time, has disappeared from your act.
As I said before, I would rather be wrong about my fears and not descend into a paranoid, fearful place where I stay curled up in a fetal position until election day. But, my alert was issued yesterday, in the wake of a much more fun essay on shoes, because of some troubling information posted by my friend over at Willpen’s World. If you still haven’t gone there to see the video clip of every-day folks going into a McCain/Palin event shouting derisive and inflammatory names at Barack Obama, I suggest you do. In case that is more time than you have to spend today, I will attempt to summarize what I found so troubling yesterday. It was a video clip of people walking in an orderly fashion along a fence into a McCain/Palin event. They were shouting at the camera, which I guess they could readily see, that Obama was a “Communist,” “socialist,” “terrorist,” and “Muslim.” It wasn’t just a few of the attendees shouting at the camera, it was an overwhelming number of them that took a low-blow shot at Senator Obama as they passed. It was chilling.
As I have reported before, I am an avid historian of pre-World War II Germany and what brought that country into the control of the Nazis. I’m sorry to report that it was exactly this kind of demagoguery that propelled Hitler to power. Adding to my fears that we may be closer to such a thing than I ever imagined was a re-posting of an article from the Huffington Post which outlines a number of vicious attacks against Obama supporters across the nation. The mainstream media has given no attention to these stories at all. But they did rush to put out a false report – spurred by a McCain campaign communications director – of a McCain worker being viciously attacked by a big black man who carved a “backward B” in her cheek to chastise her for supporting McCain. The whole thing was a fabrication by the campaign worker who has a history of mental problems. Yeah, that liberal media really was unfair to the McCain campaign when reporting that.
I also went to a site, rjjrdq’s America, run by a guy who almost immediately responded to my “alert” posting yesterday – indicating that he hadn’t had time to visit Willpen and get the stories I was pointing to. I was, however, glad that I visited his site because he addressed the dangers posed to the security of the election by Diebold voting machines. Ohio chose Diebold machines for their electorate before the 2004 George W. Bush re-election campaign. Oh, and by the way, Diebold was a major contributor to the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign. Seems they can easily be hacked, thus enabling those of such a mind to steal an election without leaving any trail whatsoever.
I was aware of this back before the re-election of George W. Bush and have always felt that, with the help of Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell of Ohio, who purchased the Diebold machines, the Ohio Republican Party stole the election in Ohio for Bush last time. The studies conducted by Princeton University clearly show that such a thing is possible. This is a problem that both Democrats and Republicans should be deeply concerned about. In almost every state in the nation – I don’t know of an exception – some party-affiliated person is in charge of elections: some Democrat, some Republican. This is not a partisan issue. This is about maintaining democracy.
The re-emergence of the voting machine controversy drug my mood to an even darker corner of the room, and I would rather not go there. Concerns about voting machine irregularities and the lack of a paper trail to ensure a proper tally of votes has led to a lawsuit in federal court; however, it is still tied up there and will offer no relief for concerns this year. In fact, relying on their buddies on the Supreme Court of the United States to intervene, that august body has now ruled on an unrelated case that in fact hamstrings efforts by the plaintiffs to push forward with their suit.
Mrs. Jack often accuses me of being a “Luddite.” Now, if you are a Luddite you probably don’t know it, but if you are a tech-savvy computer geek you know us on sight. Call me a Luddite if you like. I would like to see us return to paper ballots and the old ballot box. I know that it slows down the count and keeps us up later on election night, but at least a recount can be conducted in case of questions. When we are seeing anything-goes campaigns and win-at-any-cost campaigns, and take-the-election-to-the-Supreme-Court elections, we need to be sure that the will of the people is being followed. That is the essence of democracy and should not be swept away for the sake of instant gratification on election night.
November 4th is only eight days away, and we are going to have to rely on the honesty of partisan election officials to patriotically do their jobs and uphold the tenets of democracy. I have decided that I will not dwell on these issues until I can’t sleep at night, but I have also decided that I will be watching closely on election night and the days following to see if democracy still exists in America. If Barack Obama goes into election night with the kinds of leads he is holding right now and John McCain pulls off a “miraculous” victory, I will never believe it. Such a thing will plunge this nation into an extension of the divisiveness that is currently tearing us apart. Let’s hope there is a clear winner with a clear indication that things were above board.
That’s it for today. Keep fighting the good fight! Just eight more days of holding my breath and counting.