"I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong." Is this a McCain/Palin campaign quote? No, it's a quote from Dr. Sam Loomis in the 1978 movie Halloween, but it might as well be a G.O.P. anti-Obama talking-point. In fact, it's pretty tame in comparison.
The day after Sen. Barack Obama gave his landmark acceptance speech at the DNC, Sen. McCain purchased air-time to run an ad to congratulate his opponent. With seemingly complete sincerity, John McCain looked into the camera and spoke straight to Obama, stating that it is truly a turning point in our history, and commending him for being the first African-American to accept a major party's nomination as President of the United States of America. I was moved. I thought, "Wow, this election will be about issues, the honor of both candidates, and mutual respect." So how did that work out? It rapidly deteriorated into vitriol and scare tactics; I still don't know what McCain stands for unless I read ProCon.org. I certainly haven't heard it from his lips since the conventions.
McCain's campaign has stuck with its line of attacks, even when it is clear that they are clearly NOT WORKING.
Obama pals around with terrorists! (Scared yet?)
His minister hates America. (Enemy!)
Obama will raise your taxes! (BOO!)
Obama is a Socialist/Marxist/will spread the wealth! (Run for your lives!)
Here's a recent entry to the monologue, courtesy Karl Rove: The fear of an Obama Presidency is behind the stock market decline. (C'mon.... please be scared. Pretty please?)
The extension of the rhetoric is guilt by association... my guilt for supporting Obama in his Presidential run. My local newspaper's right-wing blog implies that if I don't care who Obama pals around with, then I'm guilty for what will no doubt happen with him as President.
I've been frightened for the last eight years and I'm tired of it. Continual fear drains your psyche, and this country is collectively drained of energy and hope: two wars; a recession; the recent nationalization of our financial institutions - the bastions of capitalism; huge debt to China; no sign of a plan for energy independence.
What does Barack Obama have to offer? Aside from his stands on issues (which I have researched exhaustively, using non-partisan, non-main-stream-media sources), Obama's message has been a continual message of hope.
We need to place a priority on science and engineering to be more competitive in world markets, and build more stuff for other countries to buy from us. (Feels pretty good, huh?)
Green technology is the next wave of opportunity, and creates an atmosphere of healthy competition and capitalism. (Ohhh, that appeals to my capitalist inner-child.)
We need to provide our military with what they need to fight, and we should never put them in harm's way unnecessarily. (I LIKE THAT!)
"Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us -- the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of ‘anything goes.' Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America -- there's the United States of America." (Powerful.)
Barack Obama moved this country as he spoke those words four years ago at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. That's when he first got my attention, and I haven't lost track of him since that night. He has never, in all this time, lost the path he laid for himself and for this country.
Do we choose fear, or do we choose hope? It's a simple choice. Happy Halloween.