As Governor Palin has explicitly announced, "the gloves are off." They certainly are. Behind in the polls, McCain and Palin now plan a below-the-belt, bigoted, lie-filled attack on Barack Obama. There are no dignity, stature, or honesty left in the ammunition of the right-wing to be fired from now until election day.
"The most striking contradiction of our civilization is the fundamental reverence for truth which we profess and the thoroughgoing disregard for it which we practice." -Vilhjalmur Stefansson [And in America we further try to cloak it in doing what is best for the "common man" when those most vehemently defending Joe Sixpack have 7 or 8 homes, millions in assets, and are totally out of touch with the voter]
All the pretense of trust and understanding is further given bling by subtle and not-so-subtle references to Christian principles and fundamental beliefs. Ronald Reagan, who had a grand reputation before entering politics of womanizing and romancing all kinds of women, suddenly found religion could get him to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. [Anticipating doubters about Ronnie, please Google "Ronald Reagan adultery" and choose among many references]
It is amazing to me that the right-wingers, who through the years have fought every social justice and fairness legislation, love to raise patriotism to gain favor.
"...another Negro hung naked from a tree. In the background a Klansman held aloft a large American flag." -Jacob Javits
"One of the great attractions of patriotism -- it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous." -Aldous Huxley
As you watch McCain and Palin desperately launch this last-stand effort to lie and cheat, try to keep your civilized mind in gear and overcome the lowest nature they will try to reach inside you. The Republican candidates for president and vice president are going to try and touch your deep-rooted loyalty to America, to scare you into believing that war is the answer to protect you from evil, and that Obama is different than you and therefore cannot be trusted. Think, and think hard, who is McCain trying to follow in setting up his own presidency?: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the same old gang that lied and cheated their way into the White House in 2000 and 2004.
"Once lead this people into war and they will forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance." -Woodrow Wilson