Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Bridge of lies

But wait -- what light through yonder window breaks?

My gloom at the impending election of another dynamic duo of dimwitted and larcenous liars has brightened a little bit. Michael Stickings at The Reaction tells us that the Sarah Palin "thanks but no thanks" trope the Republican ringmasters have been trooping about may have had a hole punched in it. The Mainstream Media has begun to sober up a bit and admit that it's a lie. Now before you put your hands over your ears and start babbling "liberaliberaliberal" I'm talking about Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Let's hope the collapse of that hot air balloon brings the campaign back down to ground level where we can begin to see and smell the lies. There are a lot of them.

Of course much of the momentum of the Bullshit express depends on the fable of the inherent soundness of our crumbling and increasingly corrupt financial institutions and the health of our economy.
" When the history is written on the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it will go down in the annals of corporate scandals as one of the greatest accounting scams committed in broad daylight"
says Jonathan Weil, writing for Bloomberg.com Perhaps, but then the scams that started the Iraq war will ultimately be far more costly. The scam called Supply Side Economics may prove disastrous once again. It remains to be seen whether or not our slide into penury and depression will continue; whether it can be brought back to health with competent management, but of course we're still trusting the people that sold us that scam; expecting more Supply Side economics and more fraudulent accounting to cure the illness it caused. The scam that is the McCain campaign offers nothing else but more of the same and more lies about the opponent's ideas.

The scam that is the McCain campaign: the pandering to small town, small-minded bigotry that is the Palin promise; in saner times and saner countries, such revelations of dishonesty and incompetence would topple a government. Unfortunately we're in 21st century America, still fighting against the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, still hunting witches and still believing in believing. Odds are that we will continue to elect anyone who appeals to class snobbery, religious bigotry and nationalism -- but maybe -- just maybe, there's a glimmer of hope.


Buffalo said...

You are on fire!

d.K. said...

I saw Howard Fineman on some show the other day, spending all his alloted commentary time trying to defend himself from some McCain rumor that accused him of spreading the false rumor that Palin would be dropped from the ticket. This resulted in no time being spent on legitimate and newsworthy info. I get the sense that the MSM will (sadly) cower in the face of such accusations (no matter how unfounded) by the Republican machine. I hope I'm wrong, but no one wants to become the next Dan Rather, and so I think they're likely to err on the side of caution -- which is exactly what we don't need with 58 days to go until the elections... There's is precedent, and I hope I'm wrong, but I'll be relying less on Charles Gibson and more on "alternative" sources of news most especially in the coming weeks.

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

Palin's views on abortion are so radical that the majority of women would reject them if they thought through the consequences:

Should a woman be forced to bear a rapist's child or a child of incest, even though she may become suicidal? According to Palin, "yes."

Would a woman want one of the violent rapists who inhabit our prisons to be in her family's genetic future? According to Palin, "yes."

Palin as President is a real, and scary, possibility.

Capt. Fogg said...

She's scary for a number of reasons including that this is possibly the most deceitful campaign in American history - and yes, deceitful with full complicity of the media.

Her major slogan is "thanks but no thanks" which describes something that never happened; something the papers and the networks know never happened.

Palin is all about securing federal earmarks for Alaska.

Of course I'm concerned about her religious affiliations - when that phone rings at 3 AM, will she be speaking in tongues?