Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

I've been alarmed by what I've been hearing these past few months from people who are repelled and astonished by the unimaginable philistinism of the Republicans, not only of the candidates, but of the party's ignorant lurch to the right...and if ever there was misnomer about what is 'right' and 'wrong', it's the assignation of the the word 'right' to identify the Republicans' agenda. If anything, maybe they are the ones that should actually be called 'left' because they, essentially, have left this planet. (See Pod People)

But what is troubling is how folks are taking Obama's recent higher poll numbers and extrapolating them as per comments on blogs about how this election is a "slam dunk", sniggering remarks about how crazy the "Repugs" are and how "we've got this in the bag". If this portends a trend toward lethargy, passivity and taking the polls for granted, it would spell disaster for Obama's re-election. If you thought this Republican primary season felt like a hundred years in the making, you ain't seen nothin' yet. There are 6 1/2 loooooong, bloodsucking, trench warfare months ahead where anything, anything, could, and will, happen.

Be afraid, people, be very afraid. If you're sick to death of this campaign already, if you've talked to yourself and said that you did it all the first time 'round, if you're moving to Canada no matter what, if you're drowning the political din in gallons of booze, Wake Up! We need all boots on the ground to win this war. The Koch Brothers, et al have been stockpiling ammunition to make WW I and II seem like a walk in the park. Get ready for unrelenting lies, character assassination, voter suppression, search and destroy tactics by the Republican Rottweilers of anything that is in their path.

And, speaking of war, have you noticed that this country is addicted to war? There's a fucking war on EVERYTHING. Seriously. This nation can only think of suiting up to prepare for battle on every issue, the good guys on one side, the bad guys on the other. No wonder we all can't just get along. Why, here are just a few wars that are raging, as we speak, right here in the good ole US of A: War on Women, War on Drugs, War on Terror, War on Fat, War on Iran, War on Christmas, War on Poverty, War on Kids, War on Spam, War on Class, War on Voting, War on Science, War on Guns, War on Androids, War on Intellectualism, War on War. What? Where's the War on Bullshit? We can't even talk without positioning issues as a 'war' or threatening the proverbial 'nuclear option'. Would were it that easy. Drop a bomb and the problem is more poverty, voter suppression gone, iPhones and Androids co-exist, SPAM obliterated, fat get the idea.

Ah, but there is a war that's different (said she smugly). Pundits have now declared Game ON since Little Ricky's miracle campaign didn't cross the finish line. The Hollow Man, Mitt(ens) Romney, is almost the last man standing. The Michelin Man, Newt Gingrich, and the Old Man, Dr. Ron Paul refuse to capitulate and who can blame them. If I were a Republican, and hell would freezer over twice before that would ever happen, but if I were, I wouldn't want Mitt as my candidate either, but they are stuck with him. Well, congratulations are in order, Mitt, really. I mean, Mitt's been running for 20 something years now and he's finally made it by bludgeoning his competitors to a whimpering pulp with bricks of dollar bills. The only thing left for him to do is cement their feet and he'll march triumphantly onto the Republican convention stage where the audience will be resentfully whelmed.

Ok, I'm getting to it. The message is that we must have 100% participation in this campaign. Phone banking, registering people to vote, canvassing, GOTV, all important but nothing will be more important than making sure everyone gets out to vote on November 7. Voter suppression be damned. Do everything you can to help President Obama get that second term; and, hopefully, the fantasy of the progressive second term will come true. Here's where you can sign up to volunteer and you will be contacted by another lovely volunteer who will guide you to November:

See you on the campaign trail!