Saturday, October 11, 2008

Populism: A Key to America's Downfall

It used to be that being smart, educated, well-read, tolerant, and open-minded were considered virtues in America. I'm reminded of the movie "Quiz Show" in which Ralph Fiennes' character was looked up to because he was so well-informed.

Now, even though almost everyone wants their kids to be college educated, the political rhetoric--at least from the Right--denigrates such intellectuals as "elites".

David Brooks writes in the New York Times, "What had been a disdain for liberal intellectuals slipped into a disdain for the educated class as a whole."

This "class warfare" as practiced by McCain and Palin on the campaign trail is shameful and dangerous. The gatherings at their political events are taking on the flavor (and the mind) of the mob. There are even unanswered shouts of "Kill him!" when Obama is discussed. McCain was even booed by his own audience when he grudgingly said something decent about his opponent.

I'm concerned that some ignorant gun-totin' yahoo will think he can impress Sarah Palin in the same way John Hinckley tried to impress Jodie Foster. It doesn't take much to rouse the rabble; throw in sexual attraction, and you have a recipe for assassination.

Look, potential dirtbag: if you kill Obama, Sarah Palin still won't fuck you. Don't be a pawn. Get some therapy and medication, sell your guns, and give the money to the poor/your family/same thing.

It's time for the adults to once again take the reins. The rest of you: grow up, read a book (other than the Bible), have some humility, take some responsibility, and be peaceful.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Topsy-Turvy

According to an AP article I saw on Breitbart, Cindy McCain had the gall to cast Barack Obama's run for the Presidency "the dirtiest campaign in American history."

This is an example of the tendency to attribute to others one's own bad behavior. An NPR story reported that the Wisconsin Advertising Project analyzed last week's TV campaign ads from both candidates. About a third of Obama's ads were termed negative, while nearly all of McCain's ads took the low road.

The difference between the negative ads was striking. Obama's made a case for his policies, and stated a preference not to continue the failed policies of the last eight years. McCain's featured a fretful woman with a trembling, fearful voice.

Sarah Palin even had the nerve to state that we don't really know anything about Obama. This from the woman who fell off the turnip truck a few weeks ago.

The rhetoric from McCain and his supporters is pretty vicious, and I don't relish the thought of it intensifying, but I'm afraid that's what the next few weeks will look like.