John McCain has been running for president for ten years. Ten years! But it’s only now, three weeks before the election that McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin seem to have finally realized what’s been preying on the minds of most Americans, lately. The Economy.
People are worried and scared about the uncertain economic outlook, high energy prices and job losses…not a college professor on a board that Obama sat on. The McCain campaign probably thought, until now, that Americans were just whining, (as McCain’s top advisor, Phil Gramm, put it) and any talk of economic pain was all in people’s heads!
For months, republicans have been feeding their base a steady diet of anti-Obama sentiment. He’s a terrorist, he palls around with terrorists, he’s a Muslim…he’s an Arab! They rally supporters at gatherings by referring to Obama as “Barak Hussein Obama”.
Republicans also use their talk-show surrogates to spread gossip, rumor and innuendo—then sit back and sanctimoniously and disingenuously point out that the talk show host has himself denounced the rumors. HE wasn’t the one making the claims…it was his guest! Apparently the way to distance yourself and your party from spurious claims is to give your guest a platform to spew the very claims you so solemnly denounce!
Still, McCain and Palin took their hateful anti-Obama rhetoric across America, and used it to whip up their supporters. I watched McCain on T-V having to defend Obama. It was humiliating! He had to tell the same supporters he just whipped into an anti-Obama frenzy that: “Obama is not a bad man, after all. I just disagree with him”. Huh? Who is/was lying, here?
Having made their supporters hate and distrust Obama by rumor, innuendo and calculated attacks, McCain and Palin are now trying to raise anchor and just sail on, as though their vitriolic spewing never happened. They’re now re-repositioning themselves as America’s economic saviors.
After a near two-year campaign, you’d think that McCain would have refined and honed his message by now. But he’s still running with the moment, reacting and shooting from the hip.
Do you want a trigger-happy commander fingering the nation’s nuclear codes?
Mr. President, the Russians just fired a nuclear missile at Georgia. John McCain immediately launches a nuclear bomb at Moscow. A few seconds later, information comes in—it was just a test. There’s been no attack. Oops! Too late. Shoot from the hip McCain has already started a nuclear war! And vice president Palin is calling friends to tell them the mushroom cloud can be seen from her house!
It is too late now for McCain to tell Americans that his temperament has taken a sudden shift for the better. That he’s now cool, calm and level-headed, and has shed the trademark sarcasm and irascible demeanor we’ve seen time after time on the campaign trail. This is a man that even his good friends admit has a hell of a temper, which easily bursts out of control.
I sometime wonder if republicans are out of touch with the God they claim to believe in so much. They wrap themselves up in the bible—when it suits them. That’s called hypocrisy! The one that says my vice presidential nominee’s daughter can get pregnant at 17, and that’s OK. I will embrace her, love, defend and support her. But to every other non-Palin pregnant teen out there, the republican message is: you are sluts, with no family values, and you’re going straight to hell!
Seems to me, Satan had better think about expanding.
The Bible says: <strong>Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness</strong>.” Matthew 7:21-23.
(PS: I went to catholic school. And no, political influence is NOT a requirement for entering Heaven!)