Saturday, October 18, 2008

What's Going to Happen?

So. The debates are over. All the new tag lines, new people (Welcome to the party, Joe The Plumber) new allegations (ACORN) and new threats such as the recent wave of RoboCalls from the McCain camp indicating that Obama "worked closely with Bill Ayers whose organization bombed and killed Americans".

It's pretty sad really. The last 4 weeks of the campaign and it has sunk down into the gutter yet again. Despite all the promises from McCain and Obama to run a respectful campaign, both sides of the contest have thrown out much less than respectful adds. Obama accuses McCain of being erratic, losing his bearings and many other age based innuendo. One of Obama's supporters, John L Lewis, a congressman and former hero of the Civil Rights movement, loosely compared the crowds at the Palin and McCain rallies as echoing the past days of the early 1960's and the Civil Rights issues at play during that time. He even mentioned George Wallace. Bad form Congressman. You didn't need to do that.

McCain and Palin are almost laughable in their attacks on Obama. First, they've tried attaching him to terror. His name is weird right? He is not well known. "Who is Barack Obama?" After attempting to tie him to Osama Bin Laden, which hasn't worked for anyone with an IQ above Forrest Gump's, they brought up Bill Ayers. If you don't know who Bill Ayers is, look him up on Wikipedia. I'm tired of explaining this guy. Anyway, that hasn't really worked, so now McCain is attempting to convince everyone that Obama is going to take your money and "re-distribute the wealth".

Oh no! Redistribute the wealth! How awful! How terrifying! How ridiculous. The basis of this country and society is the fact that we are all Americans and support each other. How do we do this? Well, we tax income. That's how. Like roads? Like the Fire Department? Like the Police Department? Like Schools for our kids? Well, these are funded by gasp! Redistributing wealth. We tax, then fund. Why? It's the most efficient way of doing it.

So, that old saw doesn't work, especially coming from a party and a man who have supported the most profligate spending in history. It's a shallow argument that McCain is a reformer when he has supported every dollar of funding that has gone into Iraq. Please don't give me the bullshit that if you reduce funding for the war you put our soldiers in danger. Utter nonsense. A significant amount of money goes to private contractors in Iraq, whether they are security companies such as Blackwater, Dyncorp or Services companies like Kellogg Brown Root, a subsidiary of Dick Cheney's old stomping ground: Halliburton.

Well, this post is titled What's Going to Happen? Well, I think Barack is going to win. I won't guarantee it. I'm not Joe Namath. I do think the country is ready for trying something new. As I'm typing this my favorite curmudgeon on the right, Pat Buchanan is warning about the massive swing to the Liberal Left when Barack gets elected. Pat's great, even if he's completely out of his mind. I don't think we'll see the Marxist approach all the conservative citizens of Crazy Town say we will, but there you go. That's our country. Let's not find common ground, let's swing from one side to another. Sheesh.

Tell me what you think,

Dennis