Tuesday, October 14, 2008

McCain's Economic Speech Uses The Word "Fight" 700 Billion Times

As he sinks further in the polls, John McCain's campaign combines desperation with a sixth grade level appeal to voters. Sarah Palin's speeches hover around the fourth grade.

John McCain is acting like an elementary school kid who repeats the same words over and over. McCain has uttered the word "Fight!" so many times that he acts like he's leading the cavalry, instead of running for President.

You almost expect him to come up with campaign proposals like a candidate for sixth grade President.

"My friends. I will fight for your right to have soda in the water fountains. And free gum every Wednesday. And every Friday, you can stay up as long as you like! For parents, I will fight for your right to carry aboard a plane a 4 oz. container of moisturizer instead of the measly 3 oz you can carry on now. And never again, my friends, will you have to pay for that second lemonade in a restaurant. No, my friends, a McCain administration will fight for your right to free refills."

McCain even sounded like the sixth grade bully when he vowed Monday to "whip Obama's you-know-what" in Wednesday's debate. For a guy who says he "knows how to win", McCain's low brow campaign shows that what he really knows, is how to lose.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A New Way To Count Votes

The woman who told McCain at a town hall meeting this week, that she can't trust Obama because he's an Arab, made me question the concept of "one man, one vote".

If every vote must count, why not make the vote of a willfully ignorant, racist person count less?

This is not a partisan or ideological idea. It is one that rewards Americans who aren't racist and prejudiced against certain religions.

The right to vote brings with it a responsibility to be as well-informed as possible. For the Academy Awards, you can only vote for a film you have seen.

So in a Presidential election, the vote of a reasonably well-informed American who believes in the principle that all men are created equal, should count twice as much as an ignorant racist. This would help convince Republicans to stop using code words to appeal to racist voters in the South and elsewhere. If racists only get half a vote, no party in its right-wing mind would bother pandering to them.

My plan will not penalize anyone for their political views, no matter how extreme or repugnant. And no one should be completely disenfranchised. But if you think Obama is Arab, or that Iraq was responsible for 9/11, you are certifiably insane, which should simply make your vote count for less.

How do we handle the logistics of enforcing this?
We can start by picking them out of the audience at McCain town hall events.