Thursday, October 9, 2008

Straight Talk Exposed

John McCain is now spending all of his money on negative attack ads, pandering to the lowest common denominator of his right-wing base, the uneducated, uninformed voters that evidently don't get headlines and market reports where they live. Attacking Barack Obama by using his middle name and consistently asking "Who is the real Barack Obama," is nothing more than desperation and avoidance of the issues that with any luck will lose this election for John McCain. Cindy McCain even had the audacity to suggest that Obama doesn't support the troops and her son because he didn't vote for their funding, knowing full well that he did so only because the bill included no timeline for withdrawal, knowing full well that her own husband voted against funding the troops because the bill attached a timeline for withdrawal, something the American people desperately want.

Of course, Senator McCain probably doesn't like having his own words used against him, but remember this: "Sooner or later, people are going to figure out that if all you're running is negative attack ads, you don't have much of a vision for the future, or you're not ready to articulate it." Yep. You guessed it. John McCain said those exact words in an on-air interview. Well, I guess Senator McCain is out of ideas and has no vision for our future. Surely, if he did, he'd be ready to articulate it. It's getting a little late in the game, don't you think?

I'm sure that there really are a number of uninformed voters out there who are susceptible to the manipulative fear-mongering that the Republicans have relied on when they can't form a coherent sentence about the issues or the direction that this country needs to take. Just look at health care. Time and again, the Republicans have systematically prevented our country from ensuring that each and every American has access to adequate health care by erroneously throwing words like socialism around, raising unfounded fears that people will be forced to give up their doctors and will be left out in the cold.

This underhanded, deliberate attempt at deceit is low, it is wrong, and it is not going to work for the majority of us. We have access to a little thing we like to call the Internet, so we know when you're trying to cover the stinking pile you call a campaign with even more stink. If you want to live up to your "Straight Talk" motto, then be a man. Tell the American people that although eight years of George Bush's policies, which you supported, have landed us in the mess we're in now, you believe that four more years will surely be the cure. Go on. Say it. That would be some real straight talk.

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