Cutting Through The Crap

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Deja Voodoo




In the McPalin campaign of the last couple of weeks we see the perfect microcosm of where we have been taken by the politics of hate, so polished and perfected by Karl Rove, Tom Delay, Newt Gingrich, and, now by John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Even as the economy so carefully built by Reaganomics (on sand) is crumbling, they continue to try to change the subject. The politics of distraction: exactly what got us here in the first place.

At McRallies of late, it's the very people who are shouting "terrorist," "traitor," "treason," "kill him," "bomb him," who surely are the ones most damaged by the policies of the party whose nominee they admire (well, not him so much: his veepette). I admit I don't know their names; but I think it's safe to assume they're not the CEOs and bankers who made off with the money. I'm betting those haters and railers are hurting badly; like mine, their savings have been washing away. No doubt many will be jobless before long. And yet, they spew their hatred as they are whipped to a frenzy by Palin's know-nothing-and-proud-of-it class warfare, by her insinuations that Barack Obama is a terrorist. Spewing, while being made to ignore what it is that got us where we are. It's all but incomprehensible. Are we really that stupid, us humans? That gullible?

What will it take for people like that to stop and say, "Hey, wait a minute! What just happened?" Will they ever wake up to the obvious, that they've been played for fools? Not even as their futures evaporate? Will they ever notice that they're the ones hurting while the ones that sold it to them are getting off easy; and that they themselves are the ones that enabled it by electing Reagan, Bush, and Bush? And Bush?

It's getting pretty undeniable that Reagan's "trickle-down economics," is indeed the "voodoo economics" that Bush the First called it. And that it was perpetrated only because people were convinced, repeatedly, to look the other way and vote on irrelevancies. And yet. AND YET. Here we are again. McCain and Palin are waving their arms, saying "Don't look over here, look over there. Don't look at the failed policies, get your hate on. Fear. Rage. Elect the same people again, because... because... you hate someone. Yeah, that's it." And, damn! Once again, in the biggest meltdown any of them has ever seen, they're falling for it, choosing hate. It's absolutely incredible.

13 comments:

Funder said...

They're not all falling for it. Not by a long shot.

The Lewis analogy to George Wallace is so apt it's scary. :(

Frank Drackman said...

Hey Sid, nice blog, not 10 seconds into it and I've seen a Klansman, Nazis, McCain making a Meanie Face, if you want, I've got a great pic of Governor Palin slapping a Black Chile' u can use. Thats the problem with y'all Lib-er-als, Y'all play Soccer and not Foot-Bawl, like we real Americans do. Come November 4th, Y'all be fakin injuries, tryin to run out the extra injury time, added to the clock, while McCain and the Pitbull be slammin it in from the 2 yd line...book it Dano, McCain with 285 EVs. And yes, your head Will actually explode.

Frank Drackman said...

Oh yeah Sid, I know you're up in the Pacific Northwest and probably haven't seen a Black Person since your Housekeeper ran off with the Poolboy, but "VooDoo" can be considered a little, um you know, Inappropriate, its a legitimate religion that many of our Carribean brothers and sisters practice. Stick to safet topics, like Governor Palins mongoloid son.

Sid Schwab said...

As soon as we know whose son he is, Frank, I might just.

"Voodoo economics" is not a pejorative term. It confers more legitimacy than it would otherwise deserve.

And at least none of my pictures are Photoshopped.

Frank Drackman said...

OK Sid, you caught me, damn boy, are you Psychic or Sumthin? I'M Trigs father, and befo yew try any of that Commie Black-Male, Mrs. Drackman knows about it, and its all legal and Copasetic. Todd's Salmon don't swim so well upstream if you get my drift. So go ahead, laugh, tell all your sissy friends, might want to hurry though, cause I already deposited that check from the Enquirer :)

Sid Schwab said...

Wow, that IS news, Frank. Here I was, wondering who is the mother.

Kevin L. said...

Now, Sid, this is getting a little Mel Brooksian for me "Now go do that voodoo that you do so well! . . . McCain is on the run and I'm lookin for sun!

Can hardly wait for the mail ballot to get here this week. I'm so sick of it all. . .

Sid Schwab said...

Kevin: me, too. Can't come soon enough. Maybe we ought to take a picture of us voting, recording it for posterity. I'm trying to suppress hope, just because sleaze and fear have always worked. But McCain has behaved so bizarrely of late that I'd guess it's gotten a lot of "undecideds" decidedly disturbed. Erratic aint' what we needs.

mark's tails said...

Desperate times call for desperate measures and thats what McCains seems to be pulling out of his Mavericky hat right about now. I'm sure you have seen
this op ed piece already
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gay CME guy said...

Sid:

I didn't realize you'd returned to the blogosphere! What a pleasant surprize to find you back in a new place. I'll have to get caught up.

Frank Drackman said...

Sid, me Doth think you prostesteth too mucheth..about the jeers at the campaign rallies. I used to Umpire little league baseball games. Occasionally, after a bad call, or even a good call, people would yell "You Suck!" "Kill the Umpire!!" "WE KNOW WHERE U LIVE!!" didn't mean I really sucked, that they were gonna kill me, or that they knew where I lived. Its just America, learn it, live it, love it.

Sid Schwab said...

Referees (and at least one losing World Cup player) in soccer have been killed in South and Central America. Bush has made us a banana republic. Not to mention a history of assassination (and lynching) even before Bush; I find it disturbing. Plus, these guys really believe Obama's a terrorist and a traitor. No one thinks a little league ump is much more than an idiot. I've seen a few that were.

Frank Drackman said...

First of all, the reason people get killed at soccer games, is they call it "Football" and then people get pissed when its just a bunch of Eurotrash sissies runnin around in shorts, hell I'd set stuff on fire too. Don't be puttin down Umpires, read the "Balk" rule sometimes, that shits hard. And anyway, wasn't George Wallace a Democrat??