Thursday, October 16, 2008

So McCain has run a dishonest, cynical, desperate, racist campaign, accusing Obama of all kinds of things which everyone knows are blatantly false, like "palling around with terrorists", as well as the usual policy distortions which we have come to expect from Republican politicians. In his most important action as candidate for the Presidency, McCain made deeply cynical decision, choosing a clearly unqualified candidate who is guilty of abusing her executive powers as governor in order to pursue a prsonal vendetta against a state employee. Palin is reminiscient of the worst excesses of the Bush-Cheney-Rove-Rumsfeld-DeLay years.

McCain supports the Bush administration policies that have been shown to be utterly disasterous, including their stances on diplomacy, taxes, fiscal matters, economic deregulation, environmental issues, energy policy, etc.

Now McCain has embarked on a campaign to flood the battleground states with robo-calls --- recorded telephone messages which he can easily blame on a third party if he is asked to defend them. Sean Quinn reports:
Over in Indiana, PA and Northern Cambria, PA, volunteers fielded complaints of a massive wave of ugly robocalls both paid for by John McCain's campaign and those paid for by third parties. The third party call was interactive, and purported to be from Barack Obama himself. The call starts out reasonably, and then "Obama" asks what the listener thinks is the most important issue. Whatever the response, "Obama" then launches into a profane and crazed tirade using "n***er" and other shock language.
And yet with three weeks to go, 43.3% of likely voters are currently planning to vote to put into office this unwise, morally bankrupt, clearly corrupt, and unreliable candidate.

What does this say about our society? What does it say about what the "conservative movement", ostensibly something which was supposed to promote individual responsibility, small government, and conservative religion, but which has instead promoted intolerance, narrow-mindedness, political corruption, and increased economic inequality?

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