Who’s Your Daddy?
The GOP is dumping barrels full of cash into Congressional races around the country with the intent of carpet-bombing the electorate between now and Election Day with negative ads filled with distortions, fabrications and outright lies. That is what they do, we shouldn’t be surprised, and although I don’t think their efforts will win them any votes at this point, I do think there is a very real danger (and the point of the ads) that they could be successful in turning off voters from politics altogether and convince them to just stay home. However disgusted we may be with the whole lot of them in DC, we must remember that doing nothing (meaning not voting or voting for a Republican) this November will surely be the death knell of our democracy. We cannot take another two years of a do-nothing Congress that happily rolls over, allowing the Executive Branch to amass powers not granted by our Constitution.
For all of you conservatives and moderates out there that are prone to believing the GOP smear merchants, let me assure you that those of us on the left are confident that the Democrats will not be radical once in control of Congress (much to our chagrin). They have given no indication that they will impeach this President. In fact, they have gone out of their way to state clearly that they will not (however appropriate that remedy may be). They also won’t be able to change this President’s course in Iraq, only public pressure has even the slightest chance at doing that, but they will be able to hold this administration accountable for the mistakes they make, for the money they waste (steal) and they may even begin to challenge the extra-constitutional usurpations of power that this President is prone to. It’s what the Republican led Congress should have been doing all along, but what they are so clearly incapable of.
You don’t have to think that Democrats are the answer to vote for them this November, you just have to love this country enough to want to save it. Absolute power has corrupted the GOP absolutely! The only answer is to strip them of as much power as possible and restore some semblance of checks and balances to our government. The pendulum has swung as far to the right as we can allow it to go and still call this country a democratic republic. We have reached the point where just on the other side of this election, if the GOP manages to hold onto power, is fascism. That is not an overstatement, just look at the groundwork they’ve laid over the last six years! The infrastructure is there, just read the Patriot Act (although most of our representatives didn’t) and the new Torture Bill signed by the President. All they need now is a reason to use it.
We must stop begging for authoritarian rule out of a disproportionate (irrational) fear of terrorism. There was a time when part of our national psyche was the idea of the rugged individual, what has happened to that? The GOP, for many years, attracted that type of personality, the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” crowd, the “keep the government’s prying eyes out of my personal business” folks. Where have you gone? The Republican Party and its manipulative, marketing managers have turned you into a bunch of yes men, willing to take your authoritarian leader’s word for everything and they have trained you to never even question what you are being asked to give up, never mind why you are being asked to do so.
I may not believe in the myth of America, but if you still do, by all means, get off your ass and show some spine! Prove to the world that you don’t need a tough, strong daddy to tell you what to do and what to believe in. Over the years I have heard many conservatives ask the question, “How did the German people fall for the authoritarian crap that Hitler spewed?” Rest assured that we are asking the same question of you right now. Please, I beg of you, prove us wrong.
(And before anyone freaks out, I am not comparing Bush to Hitler. That would be unfair and inflammatory. But I am comparing the tactics employed by both to gain and hold onto power. Bush is peddling fear, using divisive rhetoric, consolidating his power, as well as changing our government and how it functions in fundamental ways that run contrary to our history and our constitution. Bush has told us that he would prefer to be a dictator, simply because it's easier that way. All I'm saying is that we should look at that impulse and believe our own eyes when we see the signs of legalizing dictatorial rule after the fact.)