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Question asked: "Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope?" - Barack Obama, 2004 keynote address at the Democratic Convention
Question answered: "I guess if you think that being rich means that you've got to make $5 million and if you don't know how many houses you have, then it's not surprising that you might think the economy was fundamentally strong, but if you're like me and you've got one house, or if you were like the millions of people who are struggling right now to keep up with their mortgage so they don't lose their home, you might have a different perspective." - Barack Obama, August 2008
Sounds like the Big O, the NEW kind of politician (lol), has chosen the politics of cynicism to me, especially when you consider that McCain was KIDDING about rich being defined as an income of $5 million per year. McCain uttered those words at Rick Warren's Saddleback forum, and the very next words out of his mouth were "but no, seriously". Obama knows McCain was joking, but he doesn't care. The politics of cynicism suits Obama just fine when polls show the presidential race is a statistical dead heat. The thing about McCain not knowing how many homes he owns is another piece of twaddle. The reason McCain doesn't know is because Cindy McCain owns several investment properties, and the McCain's finances are kept separate, which is part of a pre-nuptial agreement. McCain has a condo in D.C, and apartment in Phoenix, and a really laid out mansion in Sedona. McCain has gone from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. McCain's life is one hell of a story. It isn't something to be condemned by anyone.
At this point I might ask Barack "I am my brother's keeper" Obama why he lets his African half-brother live in a hut on $1 per month while Barry The Socialist thrives here in the mean old USA ? BO lectures us on why we should let the government take more of our money, while he is literally not his brother's keeper. What would Jesus do, Barry ?
But Obama's attacks are just part of the Democrats larger playbook, which is based upon dividing people and pitting them against each other. The Democrats tell you who you're supposed to hate, and then they stoke the fires. When they talk about McCain being out of touch because he thinks $5 million per year is rich (even though McCain doesn't think that), they are telling you the rich are the enemy. When you see the Democratic attack ad that says McCain wants to lower Exxon's taxes, the Dems are telling you to hate corporate America, who the Dems see as the enemy. Dems hate anyone who has lots of money who isn't them (yet they had no problem whatsoever running mega-rich guys like Al Gore and John Kerry for president. See how that works ?). The truth is, McCain wants to lower American corporate tax rates for all business, because American tax rates are the second highest in the world at 35%, which puts American businesses at a competitive disadvantage, and contributes to our slow economy. McCain's proposal will HELP AMERICA. It will create jobs, but all the Dems want you to see is HATE EXXON. HATE CORPORATIONS. It's class warfare, and it's unamerican. This is supposed to be the land of the free. We aren't supposed to demonize success and use the government as an instrument to penalize it into submission. The USSR already tried that other way. It doesn't work, because it's an inferior model to our way. It's not even a close call, except for the perpetually confused.
I heard Nancy Pelosi say yesterday that the Republican protest over not getting a vote on offshore oil drilling was "the dance of the handmaidens of big oil." San Fran Nan is so blinded by the light of her own hate that she can't even admit the obvious, that drilling for domestic oil is not only a good idea, it's also a necessary idea for national security purposes. During the same interview on Meet The Press, Pelosi claimed offshore oil drilling (increasing the oil supply) wouldn't lower the price of oil, and then in the next breath said we should release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (increasing the oil supply) to lower the price of oil. Listening to these idiots is like some weird comedy routine. There should be an accompanying laugh track. Also on the same program, Pelosi falsely claimed the Catholic Church has never made a determination on when life begins. Like hell they haven't. That's why the church is against abortion. Nan was parroting Obama's "it's above my pay grade" evasion on abortion, only dumber. Aren't the Dems the ones who claim to be pro-science ? Cue that laugh track again, please.
I really don't know how I'm going to survive the next four days of the Democratic Convention. You are going to hear all the standard targets of Dem hate being demonized (the rich, business, capitalism, free markets, the military, Republicans, and most of all...B-U-S-H). You are going to hear more lies and distortions than you even heard in your whole life. It's going to be BS on steroids. I almost went crazy yesterday listening to the Dems tell lie after lie on television. By thursday, the Dems will do their darnedest to convince you that John McCain and George W. Bush are the exact same person, because the Dems aren't really running against McCain, they are running against Bush. I'm not a Bush fan either, especially regarding his non-conservative fiscal policies, but if you listen to liberals, Bush is worse than Hitler. It's a good thing for liberals that isn't really true, or they'd all be on trains headed for the concentration camps. You aren't supposed to pay any attention to the actual differences between McCain and Bush, and there are many, which Dems would have gladly pointed out to you until the moment McCain became the Republican nominee. At that moment, he became a Bush clone. They don't want you to know that unlike Bush, McCain wants to decrease federal spending. Unlike Bush, McCain wants to balance the budget. Unlike Bush, McCain wants to lower the corporate tax rate. Unlike Bush, McCain wants to redo unemployment insurance. Unlike Bush, McCain wants to offer a huge refundable tax deduction for health care expenses. The Dems don't want you to hear ANY of that. They want you to repeat the following words like a mindless robot - MCCAIN IS A THIRD TERM OF FAILED BUSH POLICIES. And what they Dems REALLY don't want you to think about is what the actual effect of Obama's tax and spend big government policies will be. On that score, you, as a mindless robot, are only supposed to remember one word - CHANGE. That's all you need to know, Obamatons. See, it's simple. Say it along with me, MCCAIN IS A THIRD BUSH TERM. CHANGE. MCCAIN IS A THIRD BUSH TERM. CHANGE. MCCAIN IS A THIRD BUSH TERM. CHANGE. MCCAIN IS A THIRD BUSH T.....
Bonus Dem hate tip: Don't forget, Republicans are racists and fascists too. Unite For Change.
And don't miss the Dem convention afterparty on friday at William Ayers' house. It's BYOB (bring your own bomb). It'll be a blast. Literally. Down with the bourgeousie.