Only the fools are not nervous about this election. Too much is at stake. By every measurement this country is worse off than it was eight years ago – and the decline continues. Every news cycle brings new anxiety – new fears for our future. And there remains uncertainty in the election outcome.
The Bush Presidency has been so abysmal that we find ourselves feeling sorry for him. George W. Bush actually believes he is one of the greatest Presidents. Everyone but Sean Hannible Lecter and his cousin Stinky Rush Limbaugh knows better. Does that mean we should vote against any Republican – not necessarily – just those who have voted with Bush most of the time.
Anyone in Congress who abdicated their responsibility to balance the powers of government should be cast aside. They should be sent home with their fat pensions and life time health care. There is no need to feel sorry for this bunch.
On the surface this seems simple enough. The solution seems obvious to this writer. But it is not this simple. The Dark Arts of Rovian Politics are again stirring their potions of hate and fear. What about the alternative? What if the alternative to the Republican ‘pals around with terrorists?’ What if he is a socialist? What if he looks like one of those ‘welfarites?’ What if he looks like he should be wearing a turban? Why does his wife parade around without her burqa? Did Obama really say he is going to put domes on the White House?
This is amusing sarcasm and we have had fun with words the past several weeks. But the reality is troubling. The future uncertain. The infrastructure of the United States is teetering on the brink of collapse.
- We have literally watched our interstate bridges fall – killing innocent Americans.
- We have literally watched our financial system collapse – threatening the welfare of all. Seniors are forced to continue working because their pensions have collapsed under the weight of corporate greed.
- We have literally seen our Military stretched to the limits of exhaustion. This weakness has emboldened Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, Pakistan, the Taliban, and Al Quaeda – the list goes on.
- We watch our long-time allies being careful about endorsing any of our foreign policy initiatives – we have lost their faith and trust.
- We have fallen behind all other industrialized nations in educating our children. China has just performed their first human space walk while NASA operates a thirty year old Shuttle program.
- We are unable to offer health care to twenty percent of our population. And those who have insurance have seen their deductibles and co-insurance skyrocket.
- We have watched the jobs that built America being shipped to Asia. Wal Mart’s low wage jobs thrive on the inhumane labor of foreign markets.
The election is just around the corner.
John McCain and his Barbie Doll are all about the foolish sarcasm and fear tactics of doom. They whip the flying monkeys of ignorance into frenzied crowds. They tell us this is new and different – promising to carry this reasoning into the White House.
Our anxiety is soaring.
Barack Obama and his Iron Man propose change – specifically addressing each of the issues highlighted in this post. The world watches and hopes. The people of the world who wish for harmony and unity support Obama. Those who desire continued divisiveness support McCain.
Obama has soared in the polls because he remains steady and calm – and he has concrete solutions. Democratic operatives seem partisan in their support of Obama.
McCain has faltered because he bounces around like a pin ball, scurring from one fear attack to another. McCain chose a pretty face with a nice wardrobe to put a nice face on his effort – risking the future of America. The Republican operatives grit their teeth with embarrassment while championing McCain/Palin.
So why are we anxious?
Because the outcome is not certain. We are less than two weeks from one of the most momentous decisions ever made by American voters. McCain, with no proposals of consequence different than George Bush, follows the Bush campaign mentality. McCain has cast himself in the Bush mold while saying that he is not Bush. “… Only the Guilty Run…”
Why are Americans afraid of Obama? He is a Muslim. He is a terrorist. He is a socialist. He is a communist. He favors black people. McCain poured himself into the Bush mold because it “has been” a proven tactic to win. Note the words in McCain styled finger quotes – “has been.” McCain is a ‘has been.’
Our anxiety soars because these campaign tactics work. And what does that tell us about the level of anxiety in the American electorate? These fear tactics work because Americans are afraid. Every news cycle reinforces the fear. The Dark Arts are alive and well in this election.
Do we vote based on Fear? Or do we vote based on Faith?