Monday, October 20, 2008

Good Riddance to That 'Righteous' Hate Crowd

The tenor at their rallies isn't the only ugliness that is going on in the right wing. It's increasingly obvious that the lies haven't worked, the election looks about to actually going to put a qualified, public spirited, president in the White House. The GoPervs couldn't be more frightened.

Mother Jones does a rundown of some of the wilder assertions being run up that flagpole to convince the weakminded they are under attack. It's amazing, but there are still about 20% of the population who still swallow the swill.

Here are a few:

Mohamed Atta's Driver License. An outfit called the National Republican Trust Political Action Committee has sent out an email to potential conservative donors calling Obama "dangerous" and boasting that it has hit on the killer issue that "will nail him." That issue: Obama supports allowing undocumented aliens to obtain driver's licenses. This means, the group says, that the next Mohamed Atta could obtain a valid driver's license--and somehow make use of it in a plot to kill thousands of Americans. "We are days away from our new TV ad exposing Obama's support for driver's licenses for illegals," the email says. Message: Obama doesn't understand the dangers facing the country and will help terrorists conspiring to destroy the United States.
Obama Is a Secret Muslim Plotting With an Evil Billionaire. Human Events, a leading conservative magazine, sent out a promotional email the other day for an anti-Obama book co-written by Floyd Brown, a conservative activist infamous for having cooked up the Willie Horton ad during the 1988 presidential election. The email notes that there are "many Islamofascists who are sworn to the destruction of America" who are "actively campaigning for Obama" and that Muslims would demand and receive "special rights" from a President Obama. The email asks, "Being a Black Muslim doesn't disqualify [Obama] from running for President, so why won't he be honest about it?" In other words, yep, he's a covert Muslim. But beyond circulating this canard, the email claims that George Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire financier who has supported Democratic and liberal causes, is "planning to sack the US economy, make himself billions richer, and put Obama in the White House marching to his mad tune." Message: A black Muslim in league with an evil Jewish billionaire--you do the math.

Obama Is Fronting for Islamic Jihadists. Writing in The Washington Times this week, former Reagan Pentagon official Frank Gaffney, charges that Obama's campaign has received "between $30 million and $100 million" from the Mideast, Africa and other places [where] Islamists are active." He asserts it "seems likely" that "these funds come not only from Wahhabis, Muslim Brotherhood types and jihadists of other stripes but from non-U.S. citizens." (His evidence? Don't be so picky.)

Of course, anyone with an iota of sense would be embarrassed even to listen to this drivel, but evidently there is still a remnant of willing recipients of these myths that make sensational reading. We hear them occasionally on CSpan, although still the hosts are making the point to deny the worst of the obviously untrue.

In the article, writer David Corn had still some hope for McAyn. He had heard he was being advised to call Obama a Socialist, and thought the candidate was above that. This weekend proved him wrong.

The rock has been turned over by those poll numbers, and the creepy crawlies are all coming out to do whatever damage they can. Thank you all for being the kind of reader that doesn't need, or want, that ugliness. For rational sorts, bringing back the standards of decency will be so beautiful that we don't even need to step on the slimey things being thrown out.

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Blogger tech98 said...

the election looks about to actually going to put a qualified, public spirited, president in the White House.

Not to mention intelligent and articulate. Imagine a US President who doesn't embarrass this country on the world stage.

Repig base -- Obama is running to be the chief executive of the US government. He's not running to be your buddy, to flatter your cultural conceits in food or sports or music, or talk and act dumb to make you feel better about being pig-ignorant trash, too stupid to string together a coherent sentence.
The presidency is an incredibly demanding and complex job that should be filled by someone of phenomenal intelligence, communication skills and steadiness of character.

This isn't American Idol; you don't indulge your self-esteem by picking the guy you "want to have a beer with" because you imagine he's most like you, no more than you would pick a heart surgeon to operate on you by that criteria.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Nice post - it is sad to see so many misinformed people out there. If the dirty tactics of the new Republican party weren't an issue this election wouldn't be as close as it is.

Perhaps in high school it might be cool to pretend you're not smart, but shouldn't we restore integrity and higher standards back into the office of the US Presidency? We've seen the effects of a President people can relate to or want to go out drinking with -- unfortunately, as a result, this country will be facing a massive hangover for some time to come.

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