Thursday, October 23, 2008
There really isn't much left. Daily we are literally being buried under accusations of Obama's plans to make the US "socialist." The people who have been leading our nation for the last 4 to 8 years are casually throwing out phrases like Anti- American and Pro-America. For God's sake people, let it go. These silly attacks are getting you nowhere. Everyone in America recognizes it as typical campaign propaganda.
First, it is pretty tough to make the socialism label stick to Obama when Bush is nationalizing banks. Actually, it is down right hypocritical. This current push by the McCain campaign is basically saying that there is nothing wrong with the government helping out an investment bank but there is no way they should help an individual pay his or her medical bills. There is also the little matter of the Youtube video of McCain in 2000 discussing how Americans who have more should be willing to give more to spread the wealth around (funny how all these Republicans seem to fail to comprehend how videos never go away).
It also, in my opinion, pushes his campaign closer and closer to the elitist tag he tried to pin on Obama. The McCain campaign is completely missing the fact that most Americans are struggling. More importantly, part of the reason they are struggling is because of the greed and incompetence of people who were supposed to be looking out for their best interest. So yes, a lot of people would probably appreciate a bit of assistance from the government right now especially when it comes to their medical needs.
Anyone who knows someone who works for the government also knows that they get the best medical benefits in the country. A lot of people will strongly consider a government backed medical plan (I know I would). However, I think that helps in a number of other ways. It will pretty much instantly either drive down the cost of private plans, improve benefits of private plans or both. Assuming the government backed plan is affordable (and I can't see why it wouldn't be) that will be pretty stiff competition for the insurance companies. Anything to force those guys to stop denying coverage to people because of loopholes is well worth it.
Let me clear here, I do not have any issues with capitalism. Yet, when profits are being placed over the health of the people then are serious problems. Obama's stance that health care is a right is one of the biggest reasons I am voting for him.
Second, the mere suggestion that another person in office is Anti-American or one part of the country is Pro-America is...you guessed it...Un-American! America is supposed to be the land of the free, where everyone is allowed to have different points of view and express themselves. Only in a country like America could a guy like Obama rise to the highest office in the land.
These callous statements are waking up dormant sentiments in people across the country. People are screaming terrorist and kill him at campaign rallies. Obama effigies are being hung. Obama supporters are being attacked. This is already getting out of hand.
I think someone should sit the McCain campaign in front of TV and show him clips of the racist episodes of our country's past. Does he really want anything remotely similar to that being associated with his name a decade or so from now? Is this how he wants to remembered?
The Republican party is a complete mess right now. Never have they been more disjointed. It is time to take a step back and regroup. Get back to their core principles (which aren't all bad by the way) and load up for another run at this thing in 4 years. All they are accomplishing at this point is waking up demons they can not control.