From her first appearance at the RNC Convention to today, Sarah Palin has been bashing people who live in cities and lauding small town Americans as harder working, more authentic and more American.
Monday: The Spectre of Communism
This quote was passed along on an e-mail list I’m on.
“The Modem, a.k.a. modulator/demodulator, is a handy little device that lets computers talk over telephone lines. … ‘I go home, have a glass of wine, turn on my computer and see what’s on Dow Jones,’ says Apple vice president Wilfred Houde. ‘I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but I don’t read the paper anymore.’”
– Newsweek cover story, February 22, 1982, page 54
CNN’s Campbell Brown took Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole to task for her despicable smear ad linking her opponent to godlessness. She points out the distortions and the fact that the Democrat, Kay Hagan, is a god-fearing Presbyterian. But at no point does she say it is OK to be godless. She only treats it as a smear one must push back against.
During this election she’s been more outspoken in her commentary and has defended against sexism and racism. Recently, as Obama was called an “Arab,” she addressed the elephant in the room:
So what if Obama was Arab or Muslim? So what if John McCain was Arab or Muslim? Would it matter?
When did that become a disqualifier for higher office in our country? When did Arab and Muslim become dirty words? The equivalent of dishonorable or radical?
There are more than 1.2 million Arab-Americans and about 7 million Muslim-Americans, former Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, successful business people, normal average Americans from all walks of life.
These are the people being maligned here, and we can only imagine how this conversation plays in the Muslim world. We can’t tolerate this ignorance — not in the media, not on the campaign trail.
There are more people who are “godless” in this country than Muslim. I’m not trying to put this on the level of racism against Obama, but as Campbell says, “We can’t tolerate this ignorance — not in the media, not on the campaign trail.”
The election is almost over…
Inspired by that creepy feature in Us Weekly about how celebrities are like Joe Six Pack. Recently seen: “They LOVE burritos!”
Friday: Visit Pro-America!
Hendrik Hertzberg in The New Yorker:
The Republican argument of the moment seems to be that the difference between capitalism and socialism corresponds to the difference between a top marginal income-tax rate of 35 per cent and a top marginal income-tax rate of 39.6 per cent.
Nader has been so irrelevant in this election he hardly warrants another comic. But when I saw him last week, his supporters came off as so wacky I had to do some comic reporting. (See a previous one here.)
As I say in the comic, his speech was what you’d expect. There was plenty to agree with and I couldn’t help but wondering why this man wasted the last decade running for President instead of doing something meaningful like writing books or starting a PAC.
Nader wants the media to focus on the issues, but his remaining supporters seemed more concerned with bizarre conspiracy theories. Half of the audience questions focused on these concerns and what Nader would do about them “as President.”
I expected to see the so-called 9/11 Truthers there, but the chem trail question really threw me for a loop. I looked around to see if everyone was as mystified as I, but apparently not understanding how jets make condensation trails is more widespread than I thought.
Waiting for the bus outside the rally, a woman next to me brought it up. She said she never gets sick but thought the chem trails may have resulted in her cold. A massive government conspiracy is underway to give people sinus congestion! Then she started talking about how people with Downs Syndrome look like aliens and may be the result of genetic tampering by scientists or chemicals in our food.
See you in four more, Ralph!
“The Racist Succumbs”. The Racist? Let me tell you who the Racist is… [proceeds to tell me who the racist is for nearly 1,000 words of block text: La Raza, NAACP, Will Smith, liberals, etc.] …I have no idea if you are black or white. But, based on your openly anti-white racist hate-cartooning, I have to imagine that you are either an Affirmative-Action propelled, racist black or a white-guilt ridden, elitist judaic. Either way, you are clearly a hypocritical black-sycophant with a gut full of hate.
Eight years of Bush, two endless wars and the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression seems to have pushed some people to vote for a candidate they normally wouldn’t consider.
Wow. It would take Joe The Plumber four years of work to finance the clothes Sarah Palin bought in the last few weeks. She dropped some serious loot at Saks Fifth Avenue located in that Pro-America small town: New York City.
When the government has been whittled away to nothing but an ATM for corporations, the simple act of monitoring the people getting the money has itself been outsourced to a private firm. Eventually we’ll save on the bureaucracy and just dump all of our tax dollars onto an open field and let everyone have at it. No sense in having mommy government tell us how to spend it.