To be sure,
there was a plethora of disgusting GOP shenanigans going on at the Republican National Convention this
week. You had Sarah Palin‘s outright lies regarding her “rejection” of the
Bridge to Nowhere and any number of gross distortions of Barack Obama’s record. But this little blip on the radar has taken the GOP beyond the
The McCain campaign is somehow claiming that after eight years of GOP control of
the government, their candidate is the “change agent." Yet there seems to be a
disconnect between their bluster and their actual plans for the country. In order to sell this bogus narrative, Team McCain is
pulling the most disgusting, bloodiest page from the Bush/Rove playbook. Yep, they’re are using the horrific events of 9/11 in order to scare
people into voting for them. From the ominous narration claiming that the
terrorists are following commands from God to kill Americans to collapsing
buildings and little kids putting up memorials to their dead parent(s), this “tribute”
video uses the most graphic and heartwrenching footage the RNC could get
their grubby hands on. “The date was September 11th. . . 9/11,” the
voiceover drones. Thanks for clearing that up, guys.
The Repugs are
trying to suggest that they are the only ones who remember that day, and have the exclusive right to memorializing the victims.
I wish I could say that I’ve never seen
anything like this. I wish I could say, “Oh my God, someone is exploiting the
dead to win an election!” and actually be shocked. But Bush did this in 2004. And McCain The
Maverick seems to have realized that the only way he can get to the Oval Office
is by employing the same tired, disgusting tactics that kept Bush in the Big Seat. By playing on our fears, he’s appealing to our base emotions, our anger,
our prejudices and our hatred. McCain is telling Americans that we should
remain afraid all the time because the bogeyman is still out there.
hoping that by co-opting his opponent’s mantra of change, voters will somehow
forget that the Republicans have had eight years to make the United States safer, and that all they’ve done is spend our money on open-ended wars while
lining their pockets. He’s banking that our collective short-term memory lets us forget Bush’s failure to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden at Tora Bora. That he’s still out there in a cave plotting lets the GOP continue to exploit our unease. And finally, McCain is hoping that by shoving the disturbing footage from 9/11 down America’s throat yet again, he can surf the same wave of fear that scored Bush his second
but I’ve seen this movie before and I’m all too aware of how it ends. Can someone explain to me how any of it possibly consitutes “change?"