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McBama: The Debate of the Donkephants

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The first televised debate between John McCain and Barack Obama was about as exciting as watching molasses run down the pine in mid-winter. It was loaded with sloppy sloganeering, pre-scripted wisecracks, and a seemingly endless number of awkward smiles from John McCain after having been called a liar, albeit in a manner that sounded more like a pillow fight than a smack across the face.

But while there were few (and let me stress few) real disagreements hashed out in the debate, what stuck out to me was just how much the two of them have in common. This is particularly true regarding the notion of American imperialism and the country’s divine right to play the part of Globo-Cop. The theatre of combat may change, at least in so far as emphasis is concerned, but the philosophical underpinnings of military interventionism is no less a reality in Obama than McCain.

Viewers were given the pleasure of taking an ideological trip on the War Hawk Express. Whether it concerned Russia’s so-called unprovoked and illegal aggression, the need to incorporate Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, the need to extend U.S. militarization, or the necessity of America playing the part of the sole global superpower, both of these men saw eye-to-eye. Imperialists through-and-through, neither wished to return to a humble foreign policy, or even a moderately arrogant foreign policy. The goal isn’t change in philosophy, but window dressing.

I presume that mastering the art of reading what isn’t there would be required to see those subtle differences they claim to be so very clear. This apparently leaves those of us who see things as they are in a constant sense of bewilderment, scratching our head in confusion as to why we simply cannot see what ought to be so evident. It may be much like those pictures requiring one to cross their eyes in order to see a hidden image. My fear, though, would be that the hidden image is even worse than the two donkephants rambling on about disagreements they simply don’t have.

New and Improved: Religious McCain!

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The Republican election hustlers are pulling out all the stops this time around. McCain has gone from being a Goldwater-style antagonist towards the religious right to being, according to Eric Moore, director of Americans for Faith, a man led by his “quiet faith” all throughout his life, and particularly when considering public policy. Is Moore talking about the same fellow that said Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell were to the right what Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton are to the left? Was he referring to the McCain that compared James Dobson to head-strong union bosses who put their interests above those who they work for? Does he wish to imply that this is the same senator who, just as the Straight Talk Express got rolling, changed his tune on intelligent design, secularism, and the separation of church and state?  Surely this can’t be the same McCain that blew off endorsements from Protestant heroes such as John Hagee and Rod Parsley! If so, then Moore has gone beyond giving McCain a political makeover; he has given history a thorough whitewashing.

NOTE: I would agree with the old McCain’s remarks concerning the likes of Dobson, Robertson, and the late Falwell. In fact, my criticism of their masochistic tendency to hook themselves out to the GOP every election year makes McCain’s remarks look as harsh as a Larry King movie review. My beef  here is with so-called “people of faith” leaving their conscience at the door every election year in order to propagate mythical creatures like the “God-fearing John McCain.” Lying to yourself is one thing, but lying to others is quite another. Vote this year, but do so with your head hung in shame.

118 Days Left

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“I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is — my point is, there’s a strong will for democracy.”

President George W. Bush, Interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Setp. 24, 2006.

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September 24, 2008 at 7:24 am

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Reflection Upon Broken Glass

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I’m not who I am, at least last time I checked. Looking through rose glasses would be better than the shattered mirror I’m gazing into. Walking away, only to forget what you look like… but you can only forget those things you once knew.

Names blur into faces, and faces meld into a mass of anonymous cameos. Nothing but shadowy figures, each going their own way, wishing only that you remember their name. Like smudged pastel on a weathered canvas, the names and faces have streaked across the horizon of my memory, leaving nothing but a haze.

What is a name? Sounds to go with a face.

Curled in the corner of a circular cell is doing me little good. The memories can’t escape the fog, and the names are stranded on the tip of my tongue. All these faces, all those places, lost within the abyss of an abysmal past. Fight though you want, Jeremiah, they are lost. Love made is love lost, and past lives now clutter the graveyard of things you shouldn’t let go but just can’t remember….

I originally wrote this on MySpace. I may be submitting similar material to the Garfield Lake Review.

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September 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm

PALEO RADIO: U.S. Caught Spying on Iraq

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US Indifference to Massacre

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September 21, 2008 at 9:09 am