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Republicans Summon Ugly Ghosts : Banishing the Forces of Darkness (in the) McCain Campaign

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: John McCain, Sarah Palin, George Bush, Republicans, Neocons, PNAC, hate speech, failed banks, mortgage crisis, illegla wars, Cmapaign 2008 )

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In his opinion piece for McClatchy, Joe Galloway pulls no punches in calling out the despicable behavior by the McCain-Palin campaign and provides some advice about what it is going to take for our country to recover from 8 years of Bush disasters.

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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 1:54 pm
Here's a prediction for you, for them: McCain and Palin will go down to defeat by 15 to 20 points, and they'll take a heap of Republicans down with them.


They and their forces of darkness falsely claim that he's a Muslim at the same time they attack him for belonging to a Christian church whose black minister aimed angry sermons at white America.

They have presided for the last eight years over a stunning redistribution of wealth: They've turned Robin Hood upside down, taking from the poor and the middle class and giving to the very rich.

Yet they tar their opponent for daring to suggest that it's time to turn the tables and redirect some of that wealth to those who are jobless, homeless and hopeless, and to the millions of other hard-working Americans who are likely to join those growing ranks in the months and years to come.

They call him a socialist for embracing a principle that's rooted deeply in the teachings of the Christianity that they wear on their sleeves but cannot find room for in their hearts.

Galloway provides a prediction for the election:

Here's a prediction for you, for them: McCain and Palin will go down to defeat by 15 to 20 points, and they'll take a heap of Republicans down with them.

Of course, all will not be easy in the coming years:

Hard work, sacrifice and suffering lie ahead. It could take a decade or more to repair all the damage that Bush, Dick Cheney and all their henchmen in prison, out of prison and on their way to prison have done to our economy, our military, our standing in the world, our Constitution and to civil discourse, common decency and competent governance.

In the meantime, we Americans would do well to try to remember all those things that our grandmothers told us about how to get by in hard times.

How to get by on a lot less.

How to grow a vegetable garden.

Galloway finishes by saying that we just might be at a historical turning point:

Someday we may be able to tell our grandchildren about the Election of '08 when we, the people, turned away from anger, hate and greed and once again embraced the better angels of our nature.

It's up to each of us to make sure that Galloway is right. What have you done to help embrace the better angels of our nature?

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 2:43 pm
Remember this: "And for God's sake, stop labeling yourself and others as "liberals" or "conservatives." Those labels are meaningless. There's only the super-rich and the rest of us. There's only predators and prey."

Meltdown : Economist James Galbraith shows how (neo)conservatives engineered financial free-fall

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 5:34 pm
The Ugly American John McCain, who claims to put "Country First," should re-read The Ugly American. Sarah Palin can watch the movie.

Cina C. (1)
Monday October 27, 2008, 8:08 am
AND all Obama wants to do is "Spread the wealth" and, in my opinion, he is doing a fine job of that right now --Spreading the publics money (donations) to cover personal trips for himself. GREAT JOB. With that in mind what do you think he will do with our hard earned dollars IF he is elected president?

Jan S (0)
Monday October 27, 2008, 8:33 am
If Obama wins - it will be because of illegal Acorn actions - registering and voting numerous times? How democratic is that??? Oh yes, that's the Democratic way!!! Obama is not even an African American- he's 50% African.
That's not the same. He's the wrong person this time- he wants to make the wrong changes to America because he's not 100% American. Get real, people. We need change but not to only have "change" left in our pockets after tazes. Congress has ruined this country in the past 2 years- a Congress filled with Democrats. Open your eyes, people. Watch Fox News.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday October 27, 2008, 8:46 am
Cina, each and every time RepubliCON$ have been in office the American people have been robbed ... do you remember $ilverado, the biggest bank robbery in history? Well, now we are witnessing The Bu$h cabal looting the U$ Trea$ury ...

so you prefer

Conservative Socialism: Spreading Debt Around

Conservatives support privatizing gains on the way up and socializing losses on the way down. Conservative socialists do not spread the wealth; they keep our profits for themselves but spread their debts back to us.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday October 27, 2008, 8:46 am

MadKane wonders, "Is GOP Idiocy Real, Or Is It Memorex?

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday October 27, 2008, 9:55 am
McCarthyism Redux: The McCain Campaign's Calumny Express

Viewed in isolation, any one of several recent incidents might be dismissed as an aberration. Together, they form a disquieting, unmistakable pattern.

Arielle S (313)
Monday October 27, 2008, 11:38 am
McCain wants to spread the wealth - only just to rich people. If you are wealthy, I can see why you would vote for McCain - he'll just keep giving out those tax cuts and trying to get rid of the middle class. Bush is doing a fine job of that now, why not keep the same flow going, eh?
Of course, if you'd like to share in the same wealth that is now controlled by 1% of the people, then you might consider Obama.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday October 27, 2008, 11:41 am
Arielle, the RepubliCON$ have bee "tricking" the American people since Nixon and Reagan ... the "trickle down" eocnomic$ doe$n't work ... especially for POOR PEOPLE ... but it works very well to "trickle up" for the RepubliCON$ ... currently stripping the U$ Trea$ury of every dollar they can steal.

Daniel Barker (35)
Monday October 27, 2008, 5:15 pm
We have thirteen names on the ballot. The Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Ecology Party - there are alternatives.

We know we are living in a police state. Would Obama be any better? He already is using the secret service to go after people who disagree with his party.

No more government spending.

Robert C (0)
Monday October 27, 2008, 8:35 pm
Anyone who votes for McCain/Palin is at least an accessory to the fact if not an aider and abettor when it comes time to determine accountability for the many crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the last eight years. They are also parties to the efforts, sometimes successful, to strip our Constitution of its democratic principles. God will pass judgment on their sins.

Patricia Shellen (0)
Tuesday October 28, 2008, 4:10 am
You are so right Daniel--The secret service is going after people who disagree with "his party." Most of us in "his party"--actually "OUR party--are in strong disagreement with the two aryan supremists the secret service "went after." We would prefer they not decapitate 14 African-American school children; we would prefer they not shoot 88 African-American citizens; we would prefer they not commit a suicide attack to kill our candidate Obama. Of course, I realize Palin would not call these fine upstanding gun-bearing Americans "terrorists"--just young boys out carrying out the purging of un-American targets. By golly, they are just acting on the feelings that she and McCain have been inciting. That is totally pro-American, ya betcha. Have you signed up in the McCain/Palin cleansing, purging army yet? You betcha we cheer on the secret service, although you were a little wrong--Obama nor members of the "Hope" movement sent them. Thank God, they uncovered this themselves.

Patricia Shellen (0)
Tuesday October 28, 2008, 4:18 am
Hey Cina C: You know,as you said, how dare Obama use donations from the campaign to cover travel to visit his dying grandmother. Gee, I heard a McCain/Palin strategist declare he cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fly from Sacramento to Hawaii(I think this guy gets high without an airplane). Sure, he should have flown commercial: The campaign would have covered his cost to fly there. Of course, the 10 or 20 secret service men who are required by law to travel with him would have been at taxpayer expense. Closing down the terminals at both locations would have cost a few thousand Americans their vacation and business trips. Good thinking Cina--sounds like you have a great future in the McCain/Palin economics "think" tank or maybe as a McCain/Palin strategist.

Patricia Shellen (0)
Tuesday October 28, 2008, 4:39 am
Janet S: I am sorry-I have been watching Palin interviews in an attempt to dumb-down a little so I can communicate with her worshippers, but I am afraid you outPalined Palin with "Obama is not even an African American--he's 50% African; not 100% American." Now in attempting to interpret this, I wonder if you are commenting on that dosmissed malicious Berg suit that claimed Obama was born in Kenya? I realize that in emulating your goddess, you probably don't read any magazines or paper, but please have someone read the recent Time Magazine to you--the article on Stanley Ann Obama, Obama's very white, very American mother, who, if I am clear on biology, was carrying Obama in her womb and had to be where he was for those first 9 months. SHE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A PASSPORT UNTIL OBAMA WAS SEVERAL YEARS OLD SO HOW IN THE HELL DID HIS LITTLE BODY GET TO KENYA TO BE BORN?? (And contrary to what Fox News told you, Obama's Birth certificate is posted on the internet.) As to Congress having ruined the country in the past 2 years, I take issue with whether this country is ruined. After 8 years of total Republican control, it is certainly damaged; but maybe I have a little more faith in America and Americans than you do. 2006 did nothing for Democrats or Americans since the "majority" in Congress did nothing but allow us to have the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader. The Republicans still stopped every attempt the Democrats made to stop this downward slide and if, by some miracle, the Democrats got enough frightened Republicans to side with them, Bush vetoed the law. That's why we are not just working for Obama, but also for a solid majority in the Congress. As for your suggestion to "Watch Fox News" I do--to remind myself how frightening the alternative is. I assume that you, like a large portion of Fox News watchers still assume we found WMD in Iraq and like them, you believe in the trickle down "economics." The only thing that has been trickling down for the past 8 years is poverty, dispair and, oh yes, that which trickles down--pure shit! Go back to fox news and report your great revelations to Hot Air Blog where you can be a hero among fools instead of an idiot among the informed.

Patricia Shellen (0)
Tuesday October 28, 2008, 4:58 am
Janet S: PS: I forgot ACORN, which I am sure you also picked up from FOX. ACORN has not broken one law! Their only mistake was in not recognizing how desparate people are for money right now--to the point of filing false registration forms for a few dollars. Those individuals were driven to break a law--filing incorrect or fraudulent registration forms. ACORN has actually turned the law-breakers in, but, in keeping with the law, turned the registration forms over to the registrars (with suspected fraudulent ones grouped together with the name of the worker attached). ACORN did their job, followed the law and cannot be charged with ANYTHING--UNLIKE the dude in California hired directly by the Republican Party to register voters, who DID file fraudulent registrations himself (and is under arrest).
But, I will bet Fox News forgot to tell you about that. Like they forgot to do followup on the poor little white volunteer for McCain who claimed to have been robbed, beaten and sexually molested by a big black man because he noticed she had a McCain sticker on the car (or, in another story, she had a McCain button). She did such a bad job on makeup, it was instantly clear she set it up. The one who, when she was arrested the next day miraculously had no black eyes or bruises. CNN saw it was a fake and didn't run it, but of course the DRUDGE Report and Fox News got right on it. They just sort of forgot to headline it later when it was proven false. But she was a good little volunteer--she had heard McCain/Palin's sermons--start a racial war, give the white supremists a reason to attack any large black man they could find. And for attempting to get American citizens injured or killed, or influence a federal election, she gets a misdemeanor. (Which, I am sure, Fox News will be extolling as extreme punishment by the "socialists" out there. There is a world out here full of struggling people that Fox News either doesn't know about or doesn't care about (or, more probably, BOTH).

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 28, 2008, 11:05 am
Playing With Fire

by Digby

I understand why neither the authorities or the media want to make too big of a deal about assassination plots against Obama
by knuckleheads. Elevating such things to a Big Story might just make some people think it's worth doing. But sadly, knuckleheads are often the perpetrators of such crimes and the fact that we have had two plots (that we know of) thwarted already makes me very nervous.

I grew up in a time when American political leaders were assassinated with alarming frequency. It almost happened as recently as 1981, although the perpetrator was a nutcase rather than a racist or someone with a political agenda. It's not a relic of some distant time in our history. And this election is running on some of those very same fault lines in American life, adding to the victimology of the right wing and feeding into some very ugly corners of the American lizard brain.

If anything happens, I will hold Republicans responsible for failing to call out the disgusting behavior of their rabid base and very explicitly and frequently reminding their neanderthal followers that political differences are not a cause for violence. Lying about Obama "palling around with terrorists" was damned close to endorsing an assassination attempt. It's no wonder that knuckleheads are out there scheming.

Reader Jake from North Carolina sent this in to me last night:

We (Asheville) are hosting Ms. Palin in the arena this evening in a big, last-minute and hastily planned rally.

People have come from all over the southeast. Primarily, the crowd is local, but there seems to be a large contingent from South Carolina, just about an hour's drive from here. The crowd was estimated to be about 8,000, but I can tell by how long the line is (and comparing it to concerts that have had large turnouts), that there's easily 15,000 out there. The line has gone around the block completely and backed up around back to the front door again...

You should see this crowd. These people all look normal enough, until you really start studying them. Most are happy, but about every third one is angry and quite willing to scrap with the occasional protester that wonders by (The good news, about one of every 10 is an Obama supporter.) I've spoken to a few, they're very sure they're going to win. That Palin is going to be the next VP, and shortly, the Pres. Comments on our local paper's site show that people are taken with the notion that Palin is just like their neighbors wife.

I didn't delve into "why" they were so sure that things are going to swing their way. Maybe they believe that they've prayed about it fervently enough. Maybe the fact that so many are from the reddest of red states where red state media only serves up red meat to chew on has skewed their world view. One can only imagine. Maybe in their last meeting in the great conspiracy cornfield were they all meet to breed they discussed the proper techniques for stealing votes. Who knows?

It only takes one of those disappointed true believers who have been convinced that Obama is a Muslim socialist in league with terrorists to do something stupid. particularly since millions of them will be convinced that ACORN stole the election for him. If you think that all this doesn't tie into those white supremacist twits they caught today, think again:

The right wing continues to link the fight for black equality with socialism and communism. At the website of conservatismís flagship publication, National Review, conservatives like Andy McCarthy argue whether Obama is "more Maoist than Stalinist," and National Review writer Lisa Schiffren explicitly argued this summer that Obama must have communist links based on his interracial background. Schiffren mused, "for a white woman to marry a black man in 1958, or 60, there was almost inevitably a connection to explicit Communist politics."

This conclusion is one she shares with Robert Shelton, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s, who declared that "amalgamation is ultimately the goal of the Communist element." (To be fair, these conclusions make a bit of sense: could there be a more perfect vessel for a secret communist takeover of the United States than a biracial one-term senator from Chicago with an Arabic-sounding name? At a Starbucks somewhere, Chairman Mao is leeching WiFi for a quick instant message to William Ayers: "Itís happening exactly how we planned it.")

McCain, a child of privilege who spent the late 1960s in a Vietnamese prison camp, may simply be unaware of the feelings and historical context he has evoked through his campaignís rhetoric. When Sarah Palin accuses Obama of "palling around with terrorists" and suggests that Obama hates his own country enough to wish it violence, the McCain campaign fuels age-old paranoia built around the conflation of black rights and the radical left. As for McCain himself, his attempts to tamp down the vitriol of his crowds suggest that he is somewhat confused by their response. He wants voters to dislike Obama, but he seems unaware of just what he has unleashed. However, by implicitly invoking the idea that Obama represents a socialist takeover of the United States, McCain is inviting what can only be a rational response from those who would die for their country: violence. What else is a patriot to do when freedom is threatened? Especially when their fears have been validated by no less authoritative a source than the Republican nominee for president of the United States?

Here are Rush's comments on today's nonsense regarding Obama's comments in 2001 about the Supreme Court:

LIMBAUGH: I just think it's about the economy right now. You mentioned cap gains -- that may be a little sophisticated. But this Obama tape that's out there is not. It's not too sophisticated. It is easily understood. When you've got a guy out there saying that he doesn't believe in the U.S. Constitution, yet he's got to take an oath to defend it and protect it. I mean, did Hillary put this out? Where's this been? How come this has not come out until now? Now there's a lot of undecideds and that's where this tape and that's where the economic mantle on Obama can have some impact here in the final week.

Yeah right, saying Obama doesn't believe in the constitution is an
"economic" argument. It plays directly into some of the more arcane weirdness in the far right about blacks and communism and Muslims forcing Sharia law on your virgin daughters and all sorts of wingnut crazy that's only going to get worse if the Democrats win. He knows exactly what kind of fear and rage he's feeding.

These conservatives are playing with fire, just like those firebugs out there in California who persist in playing with matches on the dried up hillsides and causing catastrophes.

digby 10/27/2008 07:30:00 PM
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