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Monday, September 08, 2008

The Message that Joe Six Pack is Getting

This new McCain/Palin campaign lie-mercial is, unfortunately, the message that the average America Joe and Jane are receiving. As you watch it, you will very likely be counting all of the lies presented in it and shaking your head at their nerve. Unlike you and I, my fellow progressives, most of America doesn't feed on a steady daily diet of Kos, HuffPo, Air America or anything of the sort.

Rather, they watch tv for entertainment. Shows where commercials like this one may be the only input they receive about a candidate. Or possibly they might even watch a "news show" - not that they would likely glean anything relevant from those these days either; "the press" stopped doing actual reporting of the news, asking tough questions, and taking risks a long time ago:

Americans just aren't attuned to the bullshit that is politics today like we are. The 2008 race, like most any other, is to them part of commercial breaks during American Idol or the Packers game. It's snarky, lie-filled viral emails; it's hate-driven snippets from rightwing talk radio; it's a glance at the cover of the book, without any idea of what's on page one let alone page nine-hundred-sixteen.

Remember that when you can't understand why the polls don't show Barack 30 points ahead like we know he should be. Remember that when you pound your fist on the coffee table after watching one of these lie-mercials. Remember that these are the same circumstances, the same tactics, the same diversions, the same smoke and mirrors, that were used in 2004 and 2008. And then, my true America-loving, full of piss and vinegar, mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore, constitution defending, progressive patriotic pals. . .remember all of the above when. . .

. . . you're talking to a neighbor over the fence, having a discussion with a co-worker in the breakroom, sharing a beer after work, chatting with the checkout girl, or getting a haircut. And remember that most of these people whom you're interacting with may not have much real information and may have even formed an opinion based on showmanship and lacking in facts. That is your opportunity to share what you know, and back yourself up by giving out web links to articles by reputable sites which expose the lies and misinformation that most people base their decisions upon. Some suggestions for you:


Fact Check

Open Secrets

Vote Smart

There are numerous other sources which present factual reporting on politics and issues. The ones I've listed above are the most non-partisan ones that I visit. You may be aware of others; I'm all ears if you wish to share more. But, most importantly, share with those among us who need the facts the most - your friends and neighbors. . .

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Blogger Stan Matuska said...

John - getting a message "We're sorry, this video is no longer available." from the YouTube link.

title="comment permalink">September 08, 2008 10:58 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Stan, I keep getting the message, "We're sorry the truth is no longer getting through the thick skulls of the average American voter."

John, I have talked to people. Many on the Right already know everything I tell them. They don't care. They just don't care. Their family votes Republican and so do they. There is no rhyme or reason to it. In fact many have already received the talking points. "Tax the rich and they'll just jack up consumer prices to make up for the extra taxes." "McCain was a P.O.W., he deserves to be president." "Sarah Palin is a good God-fearing woman who has fought big oil up in Alaska." These people are the morons I'm talking about.

title="comment permalink">September 08, 2008 11:34 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

I should say "some of the morons ..."

title="comment permalink">September 08, 2008 11:34 PM  
Blogger Kev1 said...

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title="comment permalink">September 09, 2008 12:23 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Stan - seems to be working fine here.

Robert - I get ya. I'm not talking about the stubborn MOrons, though.

Kevin - Next time I'll use the Colts.

title="comment permalink">September 09, 2008 6:40 AM  

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