The Lion And The Debate: The Smart Approach

Once again The Lion refused to watch a Presidential debate.

Not from apathy. Not from disinterest. Not because he had a hot date (he can’t remember what a hot date is like anyway).

It’s because the debates are wasted on The Lion.

Had he watched the last debate, The Lion would simply have yelled at the television (or radio – you do remember radio, right?) every time the Republican opened his mouth. Thus The Lion would have missed half the show, doing nothing but raising his blood pressure to unimaginable heights.

The Lion knows better than to let the Rethuglican candidate mess with The Lion’s mind like that.

The day after the debate The Lion spent watching snippets and bits on the various news and commentary programs, delighted to see that it went pretty much as expected and that The Lion was wise not to watch the whole thing at once.

Ninety minutes of watching John McHate smirk, grimace, and roll his eyes would tell any intelligent being all he needed to know about the Republican and his campaign, even if nothing else was known about them.

But when you put all the parts of the McCain campaign together, over the last several months, it becomes glaringly obvious that McCain has no interest in actually doing anything to improve the country on any level. McCain has one interest – getting his ugly ass into the White House, into the Oval Office, so he can play war with the lives of American soldiers and Muslim civilians, and thus confirm his ignorant arrogance about the Vietnam War.

He is all tactics and no strategy in pursuit of his goal. Ethical concerns, moral concerns, none of those matter. He continues to paint Senator Obama as a terrorist, despite the facts and despite McCain’s ties to a terrorist organization. He continues to paint Obama as inexperienced and not ready to lead, despite the fact that Obama has organized and run a hugely successful national presidential campaign to top off his twenty years experience in public and private accomplishments in the political arena. McCain’s campaign has been an exercise in incompetence and deceit and is failing badly, providing a convincing demonstration that the Senator from Arizona isn’t fit to lead so much as a bingo match.  And McCain continues to lie when he says that his campaign isn’t fomenting hatred and racism against Obama. Yeah, you betcha, Johnny boy. Wink wink…

As for all those people who haven’t made up their minds yet, The Lion can only conclude that they lack courage, conviction, and intelligence, and are merely waiting for some huckster in a suit and wearing a little flag pin or a religious collar to tell them how to vote. After watching and listening to two years of endless campaigning, you have no excuse. Everything’s out there on the table, in plain sight. You’re screwing with the future of the world and you’ve got all the evidence. The only thing left is black or white. If you’re going to vote your bigotry, and you succeed, then the heavens will come down on you and yours – quite literally.

This election isn’t about the usual petty concerns. It’s about the failure of the American, and world, economy. It’s about the climate change that will indeed bring the heavens down on our heads. It’s about the destruction of nations in the blind pursuit of revenge by Republicans, who then make sure they and their friends profit from the death and destruction they wreak abroad and at home. It’s about honor and integrity, it’s about telling the truth, it’s about the dignity of being honest and facing real problems.

McCain offers lies, deceit, incompetence, race-baiting, and racial hatred, and offers more of the policies of George Bush and the Republicans that have brought the world to the abyss. He’s been erratic in his actions and proposals, and has demonstrated ignorance of the key issues of war, security, and the economy. The people around him are ideologues who have damaged the country profoundly (Phil Gramm comes to mind…) That’s all he’s got. That’s all he’s offered.

Obama has run a dignified, intelligent, and honest campaign. He’s run an effective campaign. He’s been open and accessible. He’s demonstrated a solid understanding of the issues and has brought into his campaign people who are experienced, knowledgeable, and competent. You may think he’s too liberal or too progressive, or not liberal or progressive enough. You may, as The Lion has, disagree virulently with some of his positions. But the quality of his character is evident to anyone not blinded by bigotry, ignorance, or hatred.

This election is not just a turning point for America, for American politics, for American history. It is a key event in the history of civilization. This election may determine whether civilization survives, indeed, whether life on earth survives.

John McCain, his erratic incompetence and his hordes of grasping corporate lobbyists, George Bush and his Neocon ideologues, and Sarah Palin and her legions of hate and ignorance, should have no place in the choices that lie ahead, in the actions the country and the world need to take. McCain, Palin, and their ilk must be soundly repudiated in this election.

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19 Responses

  1. Bravisimo. Much of what I have been saying on my site. But you say it more forcefully and more coherently.

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  2. Possibly because I’m not distracted by (((Wife))), (((Kids))), (((Job))), and am running low on (((Vermouth))). But thank you, and don’t underestimate your own forcefulness and coherence. After all, you do read Grumpy Lion, so you must be pretty good.

    🙂

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  3. Great post from the dark side

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  4. () –

    Besides, when you grow up to become an adult like me, you won’t give a flying goddam what people think about what you say, which is enormously freeing when you write.

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  5. heather –

    Dark side? But the lights are on and the windows are open…

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  6. You said you were going into the dark……

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  7. I did. Got scared. Came back. Turned on the light and opened the window. (What, you expected sanity? Remember who you’re dealing with!) 🙂

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  8. I have a hard time believing that there are really an undecided voters. Even if they haven’t been paying much attention, the election stuff has permeated the airwaves for so long that some of it has to have penetrated their thick skulls. Your contention that they “are merely waiting for some huckster in a suit and wearing a little flag pin or a religious collar to tell them how to vote” is probably closer to the truth than I want to know.

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  9. @ Chappy – I know it seems incredible to us, but out of 120 million voters, you can safely assume that a couple million either have not made up their minds or frequently change their “decision”. In a close election, those votes could sway the election. I don’t think it’s going to be close enough for them to hurt us this time, but I could be wrong. And McCain has promised that the last days will be rougher than those already past. Imagine. In a speech today, Biden predicted as much and warned voters not to listen to the messages from the McCain campaign that they were soon to hear.

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  10. Directly to my point, READ THIS

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  11. I got home late, turned it on and it was just when McCain started talking about how, because he’s pro forced abortion, he’s better, people who believe that are better, and everything will be better once everyone believes like that. I would have ended up like you described, yelling at the screen, so I changed the channel.

    I can’t take this nonsense. The man is nuts. There’s empty rhetoric, and then there’s his shit. Believing that most problems will just go away if we have a culture that would buy into the pro forced abortion mindset? He’s going to eliminate greed and corruption? He’s going to fight evil? Seriously, wtf?! Say what you want about Obama not being CLEAR ENOUGH about how he’s going to pay for certain plans or how he’s going to accomplish certain goals, but fight evil and eliminate greed and corruption? Huh?

    I so hope enough of the people in the “battleground” states are intellectually above an 8 year old level, or else we’re fucked.

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  12. chappie –

    In the back of the November Harper’s, on the Findings page, there’s this: “Researchers found that 70 percent of voters who claim to be undecided have already made up their minds, estimated that genes are responsible for 53 percent of an eligible voter’s likelihood of voting and for 46 percent of a voter’s ‘partisan intensity,’ and determined that conservatives startle more easily than liberals.”

    I like that last item about conservatives. It’s like I thought – they’re scared to death of reality.

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  13. evo –

    Good piece at Mother Jones. Thanks.

    As for it not being close enough to hurt us this time – never underestimate the stupidity or bigotry of the American electorate. I suspect we won’t have certainty until January 20, 2009 at the swearing in ceremony if Obama wins the election.

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  14. philly –

    I’m a little confused (yeah, I know, I know). What do you mean by ‘pro forced abortion’? McCain’s against abortion, so I’m having trouble getting your meaning here.

    Except the part where you say the man is nuts. Though I think he’s well past nuts and deep into cashews.

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  15. Wow – what a reversal for the Lion. I first read an earlier post where you say “He lied….Senator Obama is dead to me.

    I will not vote for him, but will waste my vote on a third party candidate.”

    So I fast forward to your latest post and find this:” the quality of his character is evident to anyone not blinded by bigotry, ignorance, or hatred.”

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  16. Yes, it’s a reversal. I’m still pissed that Obama made that vote, but considering where McCain is showing us he’s going to go by demonstrating his erraticism, his failure to comprehend the issues and situations, and his blatant gutter racism and sheer ugliness, I’m not willing to waste my vote on a third party candidate anymore. I do think Obama can lead the country out of the swamp the Republicans have thrown us into. It’s certain that McCain can not, and would simple lead us deeper into the muck.

    And I do think Obama’s character is far better than McCain’s. He’s steadier, he’s intellectually curious and involved, he’s decent and honest, and he’s not engaging in the gutter politics the Republicans are so mired in. He’s not perfect, and I disagree on things, but he’s the superior candidate in the race.

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  17. That’s rather watery, Ric. You needn’t apologize for your instincts, which, were you to ask me, are more trustworthy than your revised position.

    His vote demonstrated that he is only going to further the practices of Washington as usual–that he’ll whore himself out to big money exactly as his predecessor did, albeit more eloquently.

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  18. “McCain offers lies, deceit, incompetence, race-baiting, and racial hatred, and offers more of the policies of George Bush and the Republicans that have brought the world to the abyss. He’s been erratic in his actions and proposals, and has demonstrated ignorance of the key issues of war, security, and the economy. The people around him are ideologues who have damaged the country profoundly (Phil Gramm comes to mind…) That’s all he’s got. That’s all he’s offered.

    Obama has run a dignified, intelligent, and honest campaign. He’s run an effective campaign. He’s been open and accessible. He’s demonstrated a solid understanding of the issues and has brought into his campaign people who are experienced, knowledgeable, and competent. You may think he’s too liberal or too progressive, or not liberal or progressive enough. You may, as The Lion has, disagree virulently with some of his positions. But the quality of his character is evident to anyone not blinded by bigotry, ignorance, or hatred.

    This election is not just a turning point for America, for American politics, for American history. It is a key event in the history of civilization. This election may determine whether civilization survives, indeed, whether life on earth survives”

    Hey I just found this. You wrote it. Hilarious. Your just not that smart. Just think of all those horrible Republican fear mongers…Those bastards.

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  19. sk –

    Somehow I doubt it. I have a feeling this guy may finally be the real article. But we’ll see.

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