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An 82-year-old’s perspective on the debate

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A heartfelt and clear-eyed look at the debate from a member of “the greatest generation” (click through to read the whole thing):
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[H]ere is what my heart is telling me. I am 82 years old (83 in December). It’s time to hand the reigns over to the next generation and hope that we did a good job raising them. To Senator McCain I say, with love in my heart, sit down and shut up. You’re beginning to look like … a cross between Barnie Fife and Floyd the Barber […]
There is too much at stake. You can’t agree with George Bush all of the time and then say you are about change. You can’t say the economy is strong in the morning and then say it’s a crisis that afternoon. You can’t be about deregulation for 25 years and then suddenly be against it. And for God’s sakes war can’t be the answer to everything. […]
It’s OK. We’ve been part of the greatest generation. We had our turn. Now we get to sit back and enjoy our pie while someone else worries about the calories. The new guy has the energy and the new ideas. Senator Obama, I hope you’re up for the challenge.
One more thing … before this old bird goes to bed. Ronald Reagan is dead. Let it go.
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Thank you, margaretandhelen!
Awfully good writing!

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Written by Monte

October 9, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Thanks. It comes and goes a little more than I wish! And yes, Margaret and Helen are outstanding. Folksy, of course, but, transparently, really beautiful writing.


    October 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm

  2. Goodness, Monte, you have the patience of a saint.

    Margaret and Helen are a hoot!


    October 15, 2008 at 9:33 pm

  3. Yes, Paul, I hope everybody sees it, because it shows an important reality: no issues, no specifics, only smear. Almost 100% of Sen. McCain’s own ads are simply Obama slams by now – he’s given up on attracting people to his positions.

    It’s a video – for those of you who haven’t looked yet – that uses Nazi-style posters and a Nazi-fatherland-type hymn to portray Obama as the new fascist/socialist führer. You really should watch it.

    Since 1968, when the South turned to Republican candidates after LBJ supported civil rights, Republican strategists have carefully orchestrated this theme: suggest the Democrat is “not one of us,” “doesn’t see the world like we see it,” “will raise your taxes,” is not a loyal patriot, has socialist tendencies, doesn’t know how to defend America, and, most of all, is the friend of the Scary Black Man.

    By raising these fears, they have succeeded time and again in duping working-poor Americans into voting for the party that protects the rich. Thus, the economy tanks, the war marches on, the jobs move to China, the deficit grows, the middle class sinks … and the rich get richer. The working poor, ever worse-off, get twiddled again next election and come back begging for four more years.

    When candidates like Obama force the discussion back to issues, Republican bigwigs respond by turning up the smear machine, and changing the subject back to feel-good put-downs, like your video. Which work pretty well. Unless it’s hard to ignore the fact that things are falling apart for the middle class, as they are now.

    So thanks for the example. I wish every American would see it and decide if the 40-year-old RNC approach of smear and mistrust is what they really want for their country. I think it’s time for it to be seen for what it is.


    October 10, 2008 at 12:18 pm

  4. Oh pleassse….
    Maybe you should look at this:


    October 10, 2008 at 6:55 am

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