For over a year I’ve been reading, watching and listening to the escalation of violent rhetoric coming from the GOP camp. And despite lack of agreement from the true conservative base, violence ‘is’ the new face of the Republican Party.

Does no one else find it ironic that Sarah Palin, who found her footing in national politics by chastising [then] Senator Barack Obama for “palling around with terrorist” William Ayers, is now in the business of actually creating an entire political party based upon terrorist ideals?

Prior to John McCain’s run for presidency in 2008, before he hired Sarah Palin to stump for him in the old good cop bad cop tradition of having your running mate make the outlandish accusations towards your opponent so you could step in later as the level-headed bastion of common sense and decency to show what a great president you’d make – before this campaign which had so little faith in its issues and policies it needed to rely almost exclusively on creating false allegations about their opponent [such as] not being an American citizen – before November 2008 no responsible politician publically called a sitting president ‘un-American’.  No news agency allowed a politician to refer to a sitting president and his White House Administration as a ‘regime’ without harsh commentary.

What John McCain and the Republicans have brought to the table since losing the 2008 election is a degree of disrespect for the office of President of the United States unprecedented in U.S. history. President Bush was called a lot of things when he waged a war in the Middle East against the wishes of a healthy percentage of American citizens, but I’m pretty sure anti-American wasn’t among them. Not even President Nixon was accused of trying to strip Americans of their basic freedoms, and he was impeached for paranoid behaviour.

(And I might add that no matter how strongly you disagreed with your current president’s policies, prior to the November 2008 election, no president was ever stripped of his title the way today’s Republicans strip President Obama of his presidential title by deliberately and continually referring to him as simply ‘Obama’. )

In fact, before Sarah Palin and John McCain accused [then] Senator Barack Obama of ‘palling around with terrorists’ I don’t recall a single presidential candidate whose U.S. birthright or loyalty to America was ever in question.

Sarah Palin and John McCain are personally responsible for creating a spirit of terroristic fear amongst common citizens of the United States that had previously only been touted by a few paranoid psychotics. They’ve caused ordinary, hard-working, tax-paying Americans to fear for their well-being not for any action taken by the current White House administration, but solely because their side lost one presidential election and immediately began campaigning for the next.

Because after all, running for office isn’t about making a difference any more – it’s about winning and generating huge cash flows. To paraphrase a bumper sticker from the 70’s :

The one with the most PACs – wins!

To comment on this post, please scroll up to the title Who’s Palin’ Around with Terrorists Now? and click on the word comments just beneath. Thanks, Ozmud

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