the state

-of paying taxes (¡and loving it!) by jgrimsrud
Wednesday, 8 October 2008, 11:46
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

what he said:

I only wish she had been asked: “Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?” That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.

thomas l. freidman has a smoking op-ed in the new york times today.

and, today’s editorial frames the mccain-palin campaign’s bitter new face:

They have gone far beyond the usual fare of quotes taken out of context and distortions of an opponent’s record — into the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia.

perhaps we should explore this a bit more, since our fair battleground (¿or is it?) state is:

mccain country

¡mccain country!

the final throws of the mccain-palin campaign are naturally focused on winning the closest state contests.  so, the new tone must be designed to tug on the heartstrings of voters like us…or, as the case may be, to stoke our nastiest, socio-cultural fears.  (i.e., this is ¡still! Our Country, and “that one”

is gonna try his black damndest to change it.)

i think this ugly, base-pandering effort highlights one of the fundamentals of the presidential choice in 2008: that obama is a part of and a symbol for a new generation of u.s. americans, whose worldview that doesn’t fully embrace traditoinal positions on race, economics, etc.–and that mccain is a decorated member of an old guard (and a maverick, ¡just like the aclu!).

obama points out that we can’t affort to wage a war in iraq in the face of all our other challenges, economic, political, etc.  so how can we afford to keep waging worthless culture wars when there are so many issues that need communities’ unified attentions?

democrats will peg mccain’s crew as responsible for much of today’s mess, but i think it’s more significant that obama could signal, and nudge forward, a change in political climate that could (hopefully) bring our government more into sync with the challenges u.s. americans (and all the other peoples who have to live with them) face.

we’ll collect our thoughts, and be back w/ more…


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