The Politics of Fear

October 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm (Politics of Fear) (, , , , , , , )

As if Americans didn’t have enough to be afraid of these days, we also have John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s campaign. Taking a page from Joe McCarthy and Josef Goebbels, these two candidates have resorted to the lowest forms of character assassination, guilt-by-association and repeated lies in order to frighten voters away from their opponents. First, Barack Obama was the devoted follower of a racist, anti-American ‘fire & brimstone’ pastor who made some inappropriate and inflammatory remarks about the country. Then Obama was a close personal friend of a convicted felon in Chicago. After that came the news that his closest personal friend was an “unrepentant domestic terrorist”, ergo Obama probably had terrorist sympathies. After all, he wasn’t born in America and he was probably a closet Muslim trying to infiltrate our government and destroy us from within. None of that appeared to stick to the wall, so now we’re hearing that Barack Obama is a raging socialist who wants to “redistribute the wealth” and punish rich and poor people alike with heavy taxation while putting the government deeper in debt with his huge spending programs. The only thing that the McCain/Palin ticket has yet to resort to is telling us not to vote for Barack Obama because he’s a black man. But you can probably read that theme between the lines of McCain’s ongoing campaign to paint Obama as a mysterious and suspect figure who refuses to tell the truth about himself. All of these tactics are the tools of a tyrant and John McCain knows it. Palin, who seems totally unaware of the world around her, doesn’t appear to care that her strident, shrill statements at rallies are polarizing the country at a time when it should be coming together. She has no concern that her repeated slurs might be fueling dangerous levels of hatred among the fringe dwellers in her party. After all, getting elected is more important than unifying the nation during a time of crisis. They can worry about working with a predominantly democratic Congress after the election, right? The duplicitous, hypocritical and grotesquely irresponsible tone of the McCain/Palin campaign is indicative of its two candidates’ lack of judgment and indifference to the country’s precarious situation. Most disturbing of all is that thousands of voters are attending these rallies, screaming epithets about Obama, and cheering the continual deluge of lies from the stage. When people are afraid, there are those who will try to take advantage of that fear for their own purposes. That is what is happening right now in the McCain/Palin campaign. In his desperate pursuit of the Presidency, John McCain has forsaken his honor and his self-respect. His running mate, who believes that mankind walked alongside living dinosaurs, has given up nothing because she had nothing to begin with except a pretty smile and the ability to read from a teleprompter. On or before November 4th, voters need to reject these divisive tactics and prove to the extremists in both political parties that they will never work again.

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