Wednesday, October 22, 2008

well, my friends, i know my history lessons

there is at least one phrase from the mccain stump that rings true: "they say those who don't learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them." unfortunately not all representatives of his campaign seem to have gotten the memo.

there has been a lot of pro-america versus anti-america talk coming at us these days from our favorite angry mob inciter gov. palin and a slew of other repubs raising the question of who are the "real" americans. too broad? nancy pfotenhauer distilled it further, dismissing the part of virginia that was not the real virginia (and no she didn't mean west virginia). as john stewart aptly put it "what the pfuck?" this talk will no doubt be of enormous assistance when it comes to working across party lines to get us out of the mess this country is in. nothing screams bipartisanship like accusing one half of being anti-american. these offhand remarks by leaders int eh mccain campaign are fluff though really; minnesota rep. michele bachman broke it down to chris matthews, after ranting on about obama's clearly anti-american views.

"What I would say -- what I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an expose like that."

where have i heard about something like this before? oh yeah! from this guy:

i'm a link!

not enough history for you? do you know who else was accused of being a socialist by his critics and opposition? franklin delano roosevelt. i know who i would rather be aligned with.


St. John Gogarty said...

Desperate fools say desperate, foolish things. I can't believe the disparity between the Obama side's ability to substantively discuss the issues of the day and the McCain side's total refusal to adequately comprehend them. This, of course, is a direct reflection of the candidates themselves and their respective approach to problems. Obama embraces the challenge posed by them; McCain does a two-step combo of denying they exist and then offering whining bullshit nonsense "solutions" that transparently favor the wealthy, the powerful, the mentally decrepit, the insane, the Christians, the reactionaries, the military, the families with too many kids, the sub-intellectuals, the simple folk, the real Americans, the fanatics, the turds, the selfish...

artyfeminist said...

Can I just ask when did socialism become such a bad thing? (Going off on small tangent here...) Seriously only when I moved OUT of the US to a place that had social benefits out the wazoo did I realise that hmmm this could be benefical to society and golly gee willickers do I like receiving a child allowance and state maternity benefits and I am one day looking forward to that state pension (hopefully with fuel allowance). Why does socialism always have to equal communism? When did it become a dirty word that was thrown around. Some American I met recently told me that she didn't like Obama because he was too socialist. I was like honey why don't you come talk to me in ten years when you have lost a job, signed on to the dole, had a kid and struggle to pay a mortgage while living in one of the most expensive cities in Europe... then we can talk.