Sunday, October 12, 2008
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.
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