Posts Tagged ‘kerry

07
Oct
08

Go Negative, McCain! And Then Go Home!

With only 28 days left in the election, I’m hearing a lot of people saying they can’t wait until this is all over. Granted, these people are all anti-Obama. But, all politics all the time can be hard on people who are not political junkies. Unlike me.

I’m reveling in this constant political news stream. Even all the mud-slinging can’t rain on my parade. I suppose this is because the person I do not want to win will have to pull a rainbow with a pot of gold out of his ass to take home first place. After constant analysis of the men before us, I have to admit that I’m more ANTI-MCCAIN than PRO-OBAMA and really wish the left wouldn’t romanticize Obama because he’s going to have such a cesspool of crap leftover from Bush to be an extremely transcendent president – at least in his first term. Obama does have less experience than other viable Democratic candidates, his FISA vote pissed me off, he’s against gay marriage, he supports faith-based initiatives and has other “issues” which have garnered my disappointment. But as we say every four years about our respective candidates, “He’s a helluva lot better than the other guy.”

Also, this is the first time it looks like I’ll be on the winning side of a presidential election. I’ll admit it – I voted Dole in ’96, would have voted Bush in 2000 (was out of the country and didn’t get my shit together for an absentee ballot), and voted Kerry in ’04. After growing up in Texas, I was originally a Republican, but naturally moved to the left as I grew more informed – first as a social liberal/fiscal conservative, then even more to the left as I realized the lack of financial regulation results in the United Corporatocracy of America.

I’m not a straight-ticket voter by any means and support the multi-party system more than the Democratic Party, which is why I still may vote Nader in the general election as Texas is almost guaranteed to fall into McCain’s pocket despite the switch of Hispanic voters to the Democratic side. If Texas were a toss-up, I would by all means vote for Obama. Either way, I support a McCain loss above all.

Which is why I love his negative attacks. And Palin’s for that matter.

If they want to load their stump speeches with tales of domestic unrest during the turbulent 60’s – ahem, FORDEE years ago – while the U.S. is embroiled in two wars and the major financial crisis of our times, that is peachy with me. It only ensures a greater loss for them come November. There are legitimate economic policy disputes between McCain and Obama. McCain has every opportunity to present to voters a forward-looking, encouraging picture of where he wants to take the country.

Instead, he calls Obama a liar and dishonestly claims Obama wants to avoid answering questions about his record.

It’s not working. And it won’t work.

The ridiculous charade of McCain’s campaign has found their credibility on a downward slope that has paid little attention to the poll numbers. Instead of a plausible campaign on policies, McCain has given us infamous cannon fodder of stunts: the ads linking Obama to Paris and Britney, naming Palin his running mate, one dishonest ad after another – including an ad that claimed Obama wanted to teach comprehensive sex education to kindergartners, repeating the lie that the surge was responsible for the decrease in violence in Iraq, once again trying to win an election on his POW experience, the fake suspension of his campaign and attempt to take credit for a bailout legislation that failed to materialize according to McCain’s timetable, and – most recently – linking Obama to William Ayers’ activities decades ago. His campaign isn’t legitimate, it’s a joke.

The problem for McCain? The internet has provided voters quick and easy access to fact-based information, allowing people to call bullshit much earlier on lies for the sake of political expediency. Stunts are far more transparent than they were just four years ago. Would the Swiftboaters have succeeded under the current umbrella of the proliferation of information? I don’t want to give American voters too much credit, but I don’t think so.

McCain never gave his policies a chance to shine. He never gave his stance on the issues an opportunity to appeal to voters. He went Hillary on Obama way too early and the stubborn refusal of his campaign to see the error in this tactic is their death knell. Regardless of my disagreement with their policy proposals, they don’t deserve to win it. They tried generalities about his experience and his “maverick” record, but they forgot the specifics about what they are promising the American people. Basic chants about “cleaning up Washington” and “rooting out ineffeciencies” (though Palin forgot the “in” in “inefficiency” a bit too many times in interviews) and “Obama’s the most liberal Senator” don’t work. People want to know what you are GOING TO DO. Future tense, McFly.

From a politically scientific level, it’s been suicide again and again. From a leftie level, it’s been glorious.

Every time another speech by Palin or McCain is carried live on television and they are talking Ayers and calling Obama a liar, I giggle – then press the mute button. Each day they waste with these failed distractions is just another nail in the coffin of their campaign.

So, go negative, McCain! Go negative all the way! Because that road leads to second place. And when you’re looking for bozos to blame, don’t just hurl your spittle towards all the former Bushies you hired, remember that you sold your soul and with it any chance you had to win. I’m looking forward to see you do well, but not good enough, in tonight’s debate. We’ll finally get to see that Town Hall you’ve been clamoring for. Enjoy it. Maybe Bush will meet you afterward by your jet with a cake.

11
Sep
08

The Use of Incendiary Language

There is a lot of discussion in the blogosphere about the language we use and opinions we make regarding¬†its benefits in attracting Independent and Undecided voters to our respective sides. I’d like to address this concern.

As a blogger who takes herself only slightly seriously, I have to address my growing use of incendiary language. Let me preface this by saying that my familial roots are in Southern Louisiana. We know how to have a good time and tell it like its (ahem, I mean “it is.”). I’m not especially diplomatic, meaning I don’t beat around the bush when I have something to say. This doesn’t mean I’m an ogre – I’m totally fun – but I don’t feel that need for the approval of others that inhibits we Americans in our thoughts and speech.

Basically, we fear offending people. This “Can’t we just get along?” and “Uniter” feelgood kumbayah stuff has infiltrated our culture almost to the point of paralyzing progress on a social and political scale – and this is having an effect on our democracy and our economy.

Democrats suffer from this condition in spades. Lefties tend to use temperate and inclusive language that is interpreted as mealy-mouthed and weak. Just turn on your television and watch Obama “fight” back against the attacks by McCain and Palin – many of which are ridiculous, false, even perverse and EASILY disputed. Yet Obama plods along on policy, which is great unless you’re trying to win a presidential election. Democrats across the country are shuddering with memories of Gore and Kerry as Obama “uhs” and “ahs” through the campaign trail.

Republicans on the other hand have introduced Sarah Palin, a completely lacking candidate picked with very little deliberation and consideration. This woman should be nowhere near the 3 a.m. phone call or the red button, but she’s got spunk and charisma and the voters are flocking to her like moths to that light that electrocutes and kills them.

Consider Rush Limbaugh – on the air 20 years, Ann Coulter – a regular on the bestseller lists, Bill O’Reilly – tricks people into forgetting about his own lack of credibility (he was the Inside Edition host) and enjoys healthy ratings. For the most part, these people are off their rocker. They could not be farther from their rocker. If their rocker was the pope, they are the chap-wearing transvestites at Brazil’s Carnival. Yet, seemingly against all logic and reason, these incendiary Right Wing commentators have a vast sea of fans and believers. Because of the language the use and the manner with which they use it.

Furthermore, too many times, we allow political correctness to guide are efforts to produce progress, causing us to fail. The Suffragettes didn’t care if they angered people with their opinion. Or, if they did care, they angered those sonsabitches anyway! The Civil Rights movement gained strength by being confrontational, shaking people out of their comfort zones. In today’s day and age, we give religion privilege to the detriment of our freedoms and the health of our democracy. It is time those of us who do not heed incredible tales of walking on water and the existence of Hell to voice our opinion and stand together against the domination of organized religion. To do that, we must make people uncomfortable with our honesty and refusal to keep politics and religion “out of the conversation.” We’re coming to a crossroads with people wanting to change our democracy into a theocracy – and I will not hold my tongue.

Now, I don’t think we should use incendiary language for the sake of gaining support. Much more reasonably-written blogs receive much more attention than this one. But four-letter words and calling a spade a spade come naturally to me. The lies hurled incessantly by Republicans need to be fought with strong words – especially by those of us who don’t have to fear losing their jobs for saying what they think (CareerBuilder just released a survey saying one in five bosses screen potential applicants through web searches about them).

If someone is being a jackass, I’m going to call them a jackass – but my words will not be empty. I will always have an informed opinion and be able to back up what I say. I invite intelligent debates, but will defend my views.

I’ve always appreciated the American culture of fake niceness so derided by Europeans. And in a restaurant or in a bookstore – you’ll get a different genuine friendliness we who live in Texas are famous for. But when it comes to public policy, the Cajun is coming out. We’ve allowed the Right Wing to dominate public opinion with lies and Christian Bullshit. I have bullshit repellent and I’m going to use it. And until the more moderate and liberal members of society stand up, take a stand, and have the courage to use words and tones that might be “uncomfortable” for them, we’re going to continue to cede the leadership and our rights to the Right Wing. And that ain’t no lie.

Take off the filter, bring on the honesty and start letting those four-letter words flow like your freedom of speech depends on it! Cause it does.




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