Election stakes couldn't be higher

Here we go again. Just like they did when President Obama was running for the White House, the Republican/ tea party candidates are throwing the kitchen sink again at Democratic candidates. This November they are after winning a majority in Congress . In November 2012 they are going for the White House.

The GOP is not for an honest debate on the issues: they believe there's a better chance of winning if the debate gets down and dirty. Republicans strategists believe they can win if:

  • the focus is on personal attacks and slander instead of principal and policies;
  • they can confuse enough working-and-middle-class voters with bigotry, homophobia, racism, religious intolerance and anti-communism;
  • they can convince people to vote against their own interests;
  • people believe that Obama is against white people and only favors black people;
  • they convince Americans that all Muslims are terrorists;
  • voters believe same sex marriage will destroy the institution of marriage;
  • the electorate concludes doctors who perform legal abortions are baby killers;
  • workers are led to feel immigrants are the cause of high unemployment;
  • people believe that the stimulus did not create any jobs;
  • voters draw the conclusion that because the unemployed are receiving compensation, they will lack the initiative to look for a job.

The GOP is betting on that if they get enough people to push the panic button on deficit spending they will succeed. Indeed, with some of these "tea baggers" any help from the federal government to working people is "socialism" and therefore should be feared and rejected.

They are called "deficit hawks" but in the past they have run up the largest deficits ever. Even their solution to deficits is more deficits.

Somehow their concept of deficits doesn't include war spending ($900 billion annually), tax subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes, research and development money along with thousands of government hand outs to big business. The extreme right is fine with that kind of "socialism".

In this election year we are dealing with a revival of McCarthyism. People should be reminded what that did to our democratic rights.

Red baiting is a defense of the racist status quo. It is designed to wreck the labor movement, stifle dissent and frighten people into not looking at advanced solutions to society's problems. It is McCarthyism that should be rejected. Red baiting is a defense of corporate dictatorship, racism, intolerance and exploitation - it is an obstacle to a future of economic and social justice for all.

The right wing fears socialism because they know it will put people before profits and lead to a more just and democratic society for the vast majority.

Socialism is a natural progression from capitalism and cannot be brought about through conspiracy but can be realized democratically; through the majority will of the American people.

Significantly, in the face of all this red baiting hysteria, recent polls show that the ranks of those in our country who prefer socialism are actually growing.

Notwithstanding this, GOP tactics in the election debate has done a lot of damage to the unity and health of our culture as a nation.

There is a terrible blow-back from the use of overt and covert racism, bigotry, and red baiting.

Hate crimes are on the rise all over the country. For example, the scapegoating of immigrants has encouraged confused and facist-minded people to carry out hundreds of physical attacks against them all across the country. Gay people are being harassed and bullied resulting in suicide in some cases. Gay bashing has become a national past time in some communities across the country.

Criminalizing doctors for performing legal abortions has resulted in murder. Police and civilian racist attacks and murders are up all across the country. New York City spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year settling police brutality cases. A lot of this grows out of trashing President Obama.

The inflammatory rhetoric coming mainly from the right has done incalculable damage to the unity we all experienced back in November 2008 and January 2009 in DC. Our national spirit has diminished as a result of the rhetoric from the right.

It is tragic that the people who are organizing, pushing and financing these right-wing movements and candidates claim the mantel of patriots when in reality it is they who have betrayed all that is honorable and in the real national interest. What is worse they know that is what they are doing and simply don't care.

To those who don't see any thing worth fighting for in this election but claim to be committed to a better and more democratic society, I urge you to rethink your conclusions.

I say, as Sam Webb put it, "don't take a powder". Sitting out this election is like sitting out World War II. The stakes are almost as high. The consequences are almost as great!


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  • The things they, the right, claim were done by Obama and the left, are what they on the right did.

    Posted by Max Rader, 11/01/2010 4:37pm (5 years ago)

  • Good article Jarvis! The right wing extremists love to play the "our country is not a democracy" card as well. If you opened a history book you might see that the political philosophers that influenced the authors of our constitution were VERY MUCH for democracy. All men were created equal...My question for those right wingers who love to pull out the constitution as their propoganda when they feel like it is: Where in the constitution does it establish the U.S. as a capitalist country that puts corporate profits above the lives of the people? I must have missed that part....

    Here's a nice constitutional quote right wingers often forget:
    "nor shall any State deprive ANY PERSON of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to ANY PERSON within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

    14th Ammendment...read it and worry about repealing racist laws such as AZ's assault on Mexican immigrants, and stop blowing smoke about health care that protects our right to life!

    Right wingers, PLEASE stop picking and choosing when to use the constitution as a basis for your argument!

    Posted by Vinnie A, 10/29/2010 11:48am (5 years ago)

  • First, I want to correct your ignorance. Our country is NOT a democracy, it's a constitutional republic. There's a difference if you know what that is. Second, I never have known a country that developed into communism that before, mass murdered thousands, if not millions of its own citizens. So if communism is such a great thing, what's up with the murdering AND having to have dictator to run the country claiming that the people are too ignorant to run it themselves?

    Posted by Darrell G., 10/27/2010 7:23pm (5 years ago)

  • Is John Case advocating voting for Cuomo?

    Posted by wtillow, 10/26/2010 11:17am (5 years ago)

  • I can't tell if Kenny is even going to vote, from his comment, or for who.

    Posted by John Case, 10/26/2010 6:57am (5 years ago)

  • One of the consequences of a non-class-based electoral policy which (1) makes the main enemy only the Republicans – mechanically equated to the ultra right – and which (2) gives the Democrats a free pass is evidenced in today’s NY Times.

    The Democrats are one of the two parties of monopoly capital. This has historically been the CPUSA position. It is the correct position. This is not to deny some differences exist between the two major parties on domestic policy, as Jarvis Tyner points out. Almost no differences exist on foreign policy.

    If pressure is taken off the Democrats by center and left forces, which is what the CPUSA had been advocating lately, then the Democrats move rightward.

    Need proof? Read today’s NY Times (October 25, 2010. Page A 19)

    “By Taking the Offensive Cuomo Says, He Will Be Different” by Nicholas Confessore

    “Andrew M. Cuomo will mount a presidential-style permanent political campaign to counter the well-financed labor unions he believes have bullied previous governors and lawmakers into making bad decisions. He will seek to transform the state’s weak business lobby into a more formidable ally, believing that corporate leaders in New York have virtually surrendered the field to big labor.”

    In other words, working people in New York State are going to catch hell under Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

    What I keep wondering is how bad will things have to get before the counterproductive nature of the present electoral policy is recognized and changed.

    Posted by Thomas Kenny, New York NY, 10/25/2010 1:19pm (5 years ago)

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