August 4, 2008

A dark soul and foul thoughts

How they 'stoop to conquer!'

Dishonesty or twisting-the-truth (eg: pretending to be a rancher!) during an election campaign we have come to expect... like this one, which:

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell called "completely wrong, factually wrong!, The New York Times said it was "a false account of what occurred", and The Washington Post said the ad offered "no evidence" to support McCain's claims.

....but the McCain campaign has started some silly name-calling and ridiculous "childish" ads lately.

You might have seen the "Britney Spears ad" by the McCain campaign demeaning Obama, in a desperate attempt to belittle Obama's popularity, not just here in the US but also internationally. (Another rousing speech - this time in Germany! Also, look who is sounding like Britney more than Obama ever did!)

Also this ridiculous 'change you can make in photoshop' one - a puerile attempt at humor, the kind that McCain's supporters probably would come up with for internet emails forwarded around to like-minded fellows....not something you'd expect from the official campaign.

...but this one takes the cake: An unbelievable ad from McCain trying to equate Obama to the Anti-Christ.

A peek into the darkness this ad is trying to portray Obama in through what this blogger writes:

But the ad isn't targeted to you or me. It is designed to galvanize a very specific group: Evangelical Christians of the End Times, Rapture-Ready variety. It is designed, more to the point, to scare the shit out of these people by insinuating that Barack Obama is the Antichrist.

This is a particularly nefarious and crafty argument to make because it is the one context in which all the candidate's strengths — his smarts, his articulateness, his contagious smile and way with people — can become evidence against him. All these traits are associated in the Bible with the charismatic, popular, well-spoken man who is supposed to become the leader of the world and bring about the Tribulation.

And this post by another blogger clarifies further:

The people who created the ad know that most of the public won't pick up on any of this. But as someone who grew up in the 1970s listening to a rock opera called It's Getting Late for the Great Planet Earth! (not reissued on CD, alas) I have no doubt the message will be received loud and clear by the audience it's aimed at, which otherwise might not feel that enthusiastic about McCain himself as a candidate.

Also, you have GOT TO see this design for coffee cups, stickers, and t-shirts that is offering its followers this campaign season. Red State America (or rather the ignorance and false sense of righteousness it harbors) can be a f-ing scary place!!

He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day:
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself his own dungeon.
- John Milton

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