Just Do It
by Deacon Blues
There’s no reason to pussyfoot around about what’s happening politically right now in this country, so let’s cut to the chase. The GOP has no ideas or solutions, and was deathly afraid to defend their record and rhetoric and fend off a populist Democratic message. So in true Rovian fashion, when in a weak spot, attack.
In the GOP’s case, this means scare the elderly white people.
Whether it be scaring the elderly white people with the brown kids assaulting our border from the south (the first scare), or scaring them with the Islamic terrorists from ISIS (the second scare), or now scaring the elderly white people with Ebola from the Africans, the playbook is the same, and quite predictable. Use a race-based fear campaign to agitate the GOP base and avoid defending your racism, sexism, and selling out of Main Street to Wall Street elites. And then count on your Supreme Court-sanctioned voter suppression efforts to enable the same scared elderly white minority to destroy this democracy for another campaign cycle.
What’s more depressing is that the Democrats and this White House don’t have the balls to call this out for what it is. Well, the Democrats have several weeks left to take off the gloves and take the GOP to the woodshed, which is what Elizabeth Warren is doing in selected races around the country now. But I'd go a step farther than Warren and confront the GOP directly on their solutions-free fear campaign, and the "whiteness" of their strategy. Ask voters "Whatever happened to those thousands of Central American kids who were storming our border and causing a national security crisis? Whatever happened to those hundreds of ISIS fighters who were coming across our border to attack us? Whatever happened to those thousands of Africans streaming into our country to infect us from sea to shining sea? Notice anything about all of those bogeymen? Well, we’re all still here, there’s no epidemic, and the Republicans still have no solutions, only scare tactics. Too bad they can't be scared into voting for higher wages, better jobs, and equal rights under the law."
Call it out and shine a light on the fear-mongering, the racism, and the lack of solutions.