John McCain and Sarah Palin are running a campaign of lies, half truths and distortions and destroying America as a Republic. There’s even a website now to keep track of the lies. As of September 17, 2008 they are at 56 lies, up from 54 lies as of yesterday. Also, see here, here, here, here, here and here. Preliminary polling information shows that their campaign may succeed in putting them in the White House.
First, we must ask if it matters whether the truth is lost to polemics and sophistry. After all, some numbers of people have to be aware of what’s going on and do nothing about it. Others fuss and fume and sputter and write numerous blog posts in the hope that somehow their writings might make a difference.
Still another group rejoices in the fray, loving the fact that they, and not the truth, have the upper hand in deciding issues or elections.
All in all, the way things are going means the death of an America as we know it. Whether we proceed to a wealthy aristocracy of fascist corporatism or to a far less likely direct democracy where the masses decide the issues, the USA as a republic is going the way of the dinosaur.
Soon we may have to change the Pledge of Allegiance.
The word “republic” in the Pledge doesn’t truly reflect the political condition of America. Whether the Pledge will in the future be restored or say: “…and to the Democracy for which it stands…” or “…and to the fascist corporatist state for which it stands…” is literally what’s at stake in the November 2008 elections
If the latter, we can kiss “with liberty and justice for all” good bye (if we haven’t already).