I Think I See The Problem Here
So by now I’m sure we’ve all seen the disturbing new polling numbers in the race for President; we’ve all felt the uplift in enthusiasm coming from those on the far right, with some conservative pundits already gloating that this thing is a done deal. Suffice to say that most Progressives and Liberals are feeling the heat. Maybe you’re shifting a little uneasily in your chair as you read these words? Obviously, there’s no denying that the race today has a much different complexion than it did even two weeks back. But here’s the thing – it’s not over. Not even close.
Without any doubt, the next twenty-three days will bring unprecedented advertising spending not seen in the likes of any political campaign anywhere in the world, ever, as both sides will scramble to maximize any perceived chink in the opposing armor. Momentum will dictate in any given news cycle which side is on offense, and which side is on D. At the moment however, it’s clear that a strong showing by challenger Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate yielded a bump in polling numbers that has yet to diminish. As a consequence, the candidate seems to have caught a stride and air of confidence that to date he had been lacking. For those of us on the opposite sidelines, is this a reason to worry? Well, yes and no.
What Progressives and Liberals have in our favor – call it the ace up the sleeve – is something that simply cannot be contested by anyone that’s paying attention. We have The Truth.
We have years of well documented flip-flops of position by said presidential candidate, waffling on everything from tax cuts, housing, education funding, health care, abortion, military spending – you name it, Romney has claimed both sides. His running mate Paul Ryan, not to be outdone, has earned a reputation for obliterating integrity in its entirety, pitching falsehood as fact an astounding twenty-seven well-dissected times in his RNC speech alone. They have no real ideas, and no real platform, no real substance and even less conviction, save for their unwavering commitment of furthering the wealth of the 1% on the backs of you and me.
Add to that the flat-out bizarre and unhinged views of the complete side-show of carnival freaks that are the leaders of their party, who loudly and unabashedly bark about such things as birth certificates and legitimate rape, about how slavery was a gift to the blacks and how the death penalty is a viable option for rebellious children (WTF??), and on the face of it, this thing shouldn’t even be close. So, what’s the problem?
Well consider that, for all that they DON’T have, what they DO have is a “news” channel dedicated only for one certain cause, which is to desecrate and discredit the incumbent POTUS and all his many accomplishments while simultaneously painting Romney as the Great White Hope (keyword “white”). Fox News has made an art of whipping up fear to the pallid cattle-masses of under-educated viewers who swallow it whole and then go to bed worrying the Obama secret police will kick down their doors and take their guns, or that “the gays” will be able to marry, or that some Muslim kid will show up in their local school and wear a strap-on bomb to the prom. I could go on, but you get the picture.
Remember, the entire Romney/Ryan campaign is built on nothing but lies and deception. It’s based on the concrete premise that if you spout the lies loud enough, if you repeat them often enough, they become fact. It’s a fucking shell game.
So, those on the right have all their ducks in a row. They are just cruising on autopilot, ticking the days until the polls close. As misguided as they are, as twisted as their beliefs may be, give them this: they are forthright and they are active. No, the problem here is not them. IT’S YOU.
That’s right; I said it. The problem is you. I’ve already pointed out that we have the facts on our side. You follow our page, and you’re getting all the real info. But I’m willing to bet that when your co-worker regurgitates some reprehensible nonsense about a Kenyan born Obama at the water cooler, you force a timid smile and slink back to your cubicle. I’m willing to bet that when some dainty trophy wife barfs up some drivel about gay marriage destroying the sanctity of marriage at the weekly bridge game when meanwhile you know she been divorced twice, you bite your tongue and excuse yourself to the ladies room. I’m willing to bet that when your golfing buddy proclaims loudly that “Obama gutted work requirements for welfare recipients,” you swallow it and head to the next tee-box, even though you know better.
So that’s where we’re at, people. You know what’s at stake. We are at risk of losing all of the gains of the last four years, because YOU are too afraid to speak up. You know in your heart that you want an America that promises a better future for all, you know in your heart you’re proud of what our POTUS has accomplished in such a short time; you know in your heart a second term would offer that much more promise, that much more progress, that much more hope for so many. So, if I may be so bold as to paraphrase the words of Samuel L. Jackson, STEP THE FUCK UP! Rattle some goddamned cages. SHOUT if you have to! Slam some fucking doors! THIS SHIT IS FOR REAL PEOPLE, AND THIS GAME IS FOR KEEPS! Don’t be willing to watch it disintegrate before your eyes, just because you don’t want to get your hands dirty! THE STAKES ARE WAY TOO FUCKING HIGH!
There is absolutely no doubt that this will be a close election. The margin may be razor-sharp. Sure, Obama/Biden may have your vote. But what about your elderly neighbor who was never quite sure, so isn’t going to vote, or your single mom hairdresser who’s confused on one thing or the other so she’s going to vote for Romney because her father is? Should it end in a worst-case scenario, a Romney/Ryan White House that will roll this country back 50 years, will you be able to look yourself in the mirror and know that you had done all you could do to educate those around you?
Only you can answer that.
- James | Page Owner | www.facebook.com/TheEverlastingGOPStoppers