Obama, the only way to defeat THEM would be to directly tie THEM to their crimes: Lying to the electorate. Stealing election votes. Flouting the Geneva Convention. Leaving New Orleans to drown. Putting the personal Dominionist interests of their own pockets and their "God-given" State above the public. Letting Osama Bin Laden roam freely, while sinking their national treasure into a war that cannot be won. Allowing doctors to plunder, while millionaire octogenarians get their 20th triple bypass surgeries, while children roam around with sty in their eyes, etc, etc, ad nauseum.
I don’t think American Democrats know how to campaign against this kind of fascist* Republican rhetoric. (Oh, the Bolsheviks would!) American Democrats really don’t yet understand what they’re up against. I think perhaps they can’t bring themselves to actually believe that an American political party could have undergone such a metamorphosis and have already become a fascist* one, but the Republicans, with how they have jerked around their political opponents, certainly HAVE.
The Republican campaign rhetoric has become so far detached from meaning and so far removed from reality that they are, at this point, staging the first Dada presidential campaign in history. Example: McCain presenting himself as the "candidate for change" when he has voted with the incumbent president Bush 95% of the time. Another one: McCain talking like he wants to "throw the bums out" but the only "bums" he’s talking about are the "liberal establishment" of Washington. Um, WHAT liberal establishment?! The narrow Democratic majority? It’s like they’re chanting, "Lincoln’s mother’s dog! Vote for me!" The really fascinating thing about this is that the polls say it’s working. Obama’s been exclaiming, "Words mean something! You can’t just make stuff up." But apparently you can, if you repeat it often, and loudly enough.
I’d like to think I give the debauched, consumerist-addicted American public too much credit by saying all this, as if they have remembered all of the incumbent administration’s actions. But I could be wrong — a few weeks back, Bill Maher was on Larry King Live, and he claimed that the American people are too stupid to be governed. On November 5th, if McCain and Palin are marching on their way to the White House, then this claim will have been proven once and for all. And it will be a sad, sad day for America.
*The word fascist is a tricky word. George Orwell once wrote: "It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley’s broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else."