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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

www.NationalView.org's Note From a Madman

October 7, 2008

 

The Choices

Anything Goes or Losing with Dignity are the only two options left in this political campaign. John McCain lives by the former and Barack Obama needs to remember that. As I listen to all of the talking heads and callers to America Left (XM Satellite's Liberal Talk Show Channel) I hear many say that McCain is playing dirty.

He is, but isn't it to be expected?

And while at the same time they complain about McCain's distortions and lies they tell those of us tuned in that Obama must stay above the fray. They want Obama to play by the rules that they - the hosts and callers with enough time to wait for airtime (how much time have you got?) - set in their own minds.

It doesn't work that way and we have two - yes, two - election cycles to prove it.

Doesn't anyone remember what George W. Bush, with the help of Karl Rove, did to Al Gore in 2000? Doesn't anyone remember the swift-boating of John Kerry in 2004? And, most of all, doesn't anyone on either side of the aisle remember what Bush's agents did to McCain himself during the South Carolina primary in 2000?

Here's a reminder - hate, division, distortions and out-and-out lies work. If McCain didn't know that in 2000 (after he and Bush agreed to "no dirty tricks) he has certainly learned it today.

But McCain has a problem, and this time the problem doesn't rest with rumors about his (second) wife Cindy's drug convictions (exaggerated by Bush in 2000, but real nonetheless) or a "black child" which was "pushed" by Bush agents through "push calls" to South Carolina's White GOP Primary voters. (Some of you might remember the calls which went something like this: "Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain if you knew he had a child with a black prostitute?") This time McCain is being forced to answer real questions about his involvement as a charter member of the Keating Five.

Somehow the GOP and McCain campaign are crying "foul" when the mere mention of McCain's former friend, Charles Keating - the man who bilked thousands out of millions and cost the nation millions more - with his con game out of McCain's Arizona called the Lincoln Savings and Loan. McCain was one of the first and foremost politicians financially supported by Keating and, either as a direct result of that support or by mere coincidence (yeah, that's it - coincidence!), McCain and the other four Senators made sure that the laws allowing Keating and other Savings and Loans to practice their shady deals went away.

And Keating, the millionaire who still says he did nothing wrong, used to pal around with senator McCain as well whether it be on elaborate vacations or just a nice meal, they were close. Although McCain admitted to some "mistakes", he has never really answered the tough questions about his relationship with Keating. Those who support him believe that he shouldn't but are the first to bark out misinformation and rumor as "Fact" when it comes to Senator Obama.

And that isn't all:

McCain's running mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is doing her best to emulate her idol, President George W. Bush. She refuses to answer questions regarding the Trooper-Gate scandal claiming, like Bush, a sort of executive-type of privilege that appears nowhere in her state's, or the US Constitution. Additionally, her husband, Todd, refuses to answer questions by way of his very own subpoena. Todd Palin is a private citizen. Just what "privilege" is he citing? Maybe it's the "Right to remain silent."

Today, to add even more checks to the McCain campaign, it came out that McCain had his own terrorist problems even as he and his campaign are trying to tie Obama to a sixties radical they say is in cahoots with Obama. Check out this Associated Press headline from this morning:

"McCain link to private group in Iran-Contra case,"
-The AP

"McCain himself was closely connected to a private group that supplied aid to rebels trying to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua during the Iran-Contra affair.
"The U.S. Council for World Freedom was part of an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America,"
-The AP

And there's more: according to retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub, the group's founder, McCain is still a member. according to McCain, the "Maverick" said that he left the group in 1986, just before beginning his senatorial campaign. Singlaub and Joyce Downey, the groups day-to-day operations manager disagree:

"That's a surprise to me. This is the first time I've ever heard that,"
-Singlaub

"I don't ever remember hearing about his resigning,"
-Downey

But I guess that this bit of news should be off-limits too. After all, belonging to a group linked to nazi collaborators isn't really a group that "a Maverick" could really be linked with...

Could it?

McCain has much to answer for and the only way to stay out of the A&A chair is to attack, attack, attack. It is a lesson learned from Rove and not lost on the Arizona Senator. But Obama must keep up his attacks as well.

We've had many a Democratic candidate for the White House lose because they wished to stay above that fray. it didn't work for Michael Dukakis; it didn't work for Jimmy Carter (1980); and it won't work for Barack Obama.

The good news is that Senator Obama knows that and he won't be blitzed or "Swift-boated" by the likes of McCain and his McCain-aics or Palin-istas.

If the attack mechanism works for either side, however, it works better for the GOP. The Republicans are always trying to keep poll attendance down. It's their contention to make each and every possible opponent vote a challengeable vote. They target minority-dominate neighborhoods; check rolls of recently bankrupted individuals and make other barriers to get in the way of a fair and honest vote. If making some leaning Left stay home because Obama has to answer the false charges Kerry, for one, didn't answer in 2004, then that, too, will work in McCain's favor. Those on the Right have no conscience problem when it comes to electioneering, it appears.

But Obama must keep up this fight.

And on January 20, 2009, he must take the oath of office as the 44th President of The United states.

-Noah Greenberg


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