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What if your red-blooded, gun-toting, 'raisin' McCain' fan was actually America's biggest critic?  What if all that bravado disguised an enormous insecurity about where we stand?

For some time I have put forward arguments with the idea that the 'America is #1' crowd needs to acknowledge a grim reality.  Amongst the things I have mentioned:  20% of America is functionally illiterate, we are $9 trillion in debt with a broken economy, our education system is 28th in the world, our infrastructure requires $5 trillion in investment to bring it up to modern standards, our military is looking increasingly powerless...

How wrong I was, 80% of America knows we are on the wrong track. Furthermore, they know that our current track was laid down by an administration that John McCain largely agrees with.  

So why are Americans supporting electing McCain for train driver?  Simply put, Americans like being lulled by the motion of the train, even if it is out of control.

The GOP base is composed of people who acknowledge 'I don't have the answer but I don't really want to try understand the problem'.  As with all tyranny, the powerless seek the seemingly powerful and submit their judgment to the mighty who promise an easy and untroubled existence.

The GOP base is composed of people who aren't clinging to guns or religion, but rather are holding tight to the legs of strong, authoritarian figures.  George Bush utters "Bring 'em on" and the GOP feels the thrill down his leg.  John McCain evokes the aura of being an unbreakable POW, and America forgets his failures past and present.

The myth of a powerful GOP as a reflection of a powerful America is perpetuated by media counterparts such as Limbaugh, Hannity, and O'Reilly.  Every negative and vicious attack by the GOP only serves to show just how Alpha Male the Republicans are - and every Democratic protest of 'be fair' becomes 'whining'.  

The GOP is unapologetic because everyone knows the King of the Jungle roars when others are asking for a vote or speaking of human rights.  

The GOP base knows America is unpopular overseas, but they still think the world will shiver at the roar of a lion.  That the lion's teeth are becoming worn, and rivals are roaring in the distance, is suppressed by selective hearing.  In the face of this reality, the election of an aging warrior like McCain would be ironic indeed.

It is no surprise that the GOP speaks to 'family values' and 'American traditions' as these myths highlight fealty to government and righteous authority.  To those who question whether the GOP governs in a manner which is righteous, the prompt answer is that it is unpatriotic to question.

In the face of threatening complexity, the GOP message is unmistakeably clear and simple:  There are people who have the answers, but they won't waste your time with the trivial details.  While they won't ever be able to completely outline the 'answers', they will reassure you with the mythology of an America that is omnipotent, fair, and on God's side.  The last of these is the most important, after all, with God on your side how can a country fail?

Radical Islam?  Kill them.  How?  Strong military.  Weak economy?  Cut taxes.  Financial chaos?  Deregulate and cut 'bureaucracy'.  

Fortunately for the GOP, the contradictions are never exposed.  For instance, how do you increase funding for the military while cutting taxes?  How does less regulatory oversight mean banks will follow the rules?

America can't handle the truth, and in the face of this the GOP offers "bigger truths" so that "the little facts don't really matter".  

Unfortunately, those little facts constitute something called reality -  and reality bites when it's ignored for too long.

Originally posted to BOknows on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:29 PM PDT.


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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    To DailyKos I'm a troll, Naderite, right wing conservative. Fortunately, I like dissent...just shake, stir and serve it cold or warm.

    by BOknows on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:30:51 PM PDT

  •  Disagree with the title... (5+ / 0-)

    I don't know that America is "voting GOP."  Sorry...don't need to pick nits but this is the age of the "meme."

    "We're all working for the Pharaoh" - Richard Thompson

    by mayan on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:31:41 PM PDT

  •  America is not voting GOP. (2+ / 0-)
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    get the red out, voracious

    Bush got a minority share of the votes in 2000 and the sliver of a majority in 2004.

    Nice 'fuck you' to half of the country on your part.

  •  You nailed it (4+ / 0-)
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    Marie, corvo, justCal, Mislead

    I agree with the post above that the title could be better, but you absolutely nailed why some people do support Republicans!  The Republican rhetoric makes them feel superior and strong and they see talking about problems that need to be solved as weak, and see it as putting down America.  Folks like this look at our foreign policy like a football game, and if you dis my team you are in for it!  They are cowboys and only weak people question cowboys.

    I see this phenominon in my husband!  His cheering on the Republicans sounds just like when we watch a football game.  Unfortunately, the world we live in is even rougher than the Southeastern Conference, and having a good offence just isn't the whole deal.

    Fox news: Even better than meth!

    by get the red out on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:39:29 PM PDT

    •  not completely (3+ / 0-)

      There are some Repukes who know that BHO is much smarter than McSame (they TOLD me so) but simply don't value intelligence.

      They see McCain and Palin as puppets who will do their will.

      When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

      by onanyes on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:40:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think that it's more simple (0+ / 0-)

      Most "average" people (by "average" I mean working to upper middle-class people with children and so forth) who do vote Republican do so because they think that the Democratic Party offers them nothing but higher taxes for social programs that don't benefit them. They think that the Democratic Party cares a great deal about racial minorities in the inner city, especially Blacks, but offers them nothing but more taxes. I bet that that is the major reason why.

  •  Why do you think the GOP calls (1+ / 0-)
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    their supporters the base? To the GOP, tehy are less a foundation, than they are the "lumpen proletariat" the inferior, the servile, the incurious and willfully uninvolved.

    "My case is alter'd, I must work for my living." Moll Cut-Purse, The Roaring Girl - 1612, England's First Actress

    by theRoaringGirl on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:43:13 PM PDT

  •  We are looking like a fucking 3rd World Country (1+ / 0-)
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    to everyone else right now. We already have a leader installed in an obviously fixed election, that leader then proved how corrupt and dishonest and irresponsible he is, he bullied our allies into a bullshit war then left them all hanging out to their own countries.  

    Now we have a candidate from the same party endorsed by Bush, who chose a crazy person for his running mate who wants to go to war with Russia, while the rest of the world shows up en masse to hear Obama speak.

    We are not looking like a Superpower anymore but more like a bunch of "Superidiots."

    "I cannot even imagine the mushroom cloud of horror and disbelief that will spread over the nation on November 5th should Palin and McCain win." - tjlabs

    by voracious on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 12:47:48 PM PDT

  •  Loyal FANS - staying with the losing team (0+ / 0-)

    Politics is no longer about IDEAS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS - it's been turned into a partisan battleground

    Voters act more like football fans - or WWF viewers.  They identify with the image sold by their 'team' and root for victory... they want their 'opponents' beaten......

    So.... what happens when your team has been a disaster?

    Those who bought into the anti-Gays, pro-guns and ALWAYS 'GOD' meme espooused by their 'team' are loathe to go over to the 'enemy' - they aren't going to give up supporting their beloved team - because the alternative is supporting the 'evil' PRO-Gay, anti-Gun and GodLESS team.....

    If it's a mere game - who cares, no damage done off the playing field... but this is REAL LIFE - the FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY...... THAT is what these 'fans' don't get.

  •  'inferiority' is more responsible for appeal of (0+ / 0-)

    'regular guy' candidates than for the appeal of strong leaders who know better. If they wanted strong leaders that know more than them, they'd vote for more educated, intellectual candidates. Talking about real accomplishments of a candidate, especially when those accomplishments are things most people don't have good first-hand knowledge of, aren't familiar with, reminds people of their own possible inadequacies. The whole culture of instant gratification, and the 'qualifications are elitist' mentality are two sides of the same coin. The world is supposed to be simple and I'm supposed to get good things without working hard because I'm an American, and America is the greatest country on Earth, and Americans are special. A candidate that claims to have "qualifications" other than shooting at things or being somebody you want to drink a beer with is thus either trying to pull one over on you, or else challenges the whole world view that you are special because you're an American, and that makes people feel insecure.

    But also, there's what I call the "minding the store" philosophy of governance that a lot of conservative voters operate under.

  •  McCain's ads are lies but very effective (0+ / 0-)

    Obamas ads to this point are comparatively ineffective.  Plough promised hardhitting ads but they were pathetic.

    I hate McCain & am getting scared by the numbers.  McCains ads are lies but very very effective .

    TEd strickland gave wording for an effective ad and  Rahm EManuel had to defend a terrible ad!
    Someone has to make whoever is doing the ads for Obama aware that an immediate change is needed to write ads on the economy with specifics as Ted Strickland gave; an ad on judges; an ad on health care; an ad on the forecloseure &financial crisis due to lack of oversite; an ad on 3 or 4 us scandals like the dept of the interior and 3 or 4 corpiorate scandals from Iraq , about Rove running the campaign. There is so many great ads .

    In my opinion kerry lost in Ohio because of the bad quality of his ads.  Whoever is doing the ads make it better or change!

  •  Deepok Chopra (0+ / 0-)

    wrote an article about the "shadow side" sent to me today in an e-mail.  Sorry I don't know how to include it.  He says Palin is the opposite of Obama.  People do not want to admit this is the way they really feel.  There seemed to be some truth to what he was saying.  My Mother, a true southern belle, believed deep inside the wingnut philosophy.  I left the south to protect my children from their culture.  It seems Sara Palin was raised in this world and is unaware of how offensive she is to people like me.  I only hope somehow the country will defeat the dark side in this Presidential election.  What an incredible change it will be!

  •  America is doing just fine (0+ / 0-)

    For some time I have put forward arguments with the idea that the 'America is #1' crowd needs to acknowledge a grim reality.  Amongst the things I have mentioned:  20% of America is functionally illiterate, we are $9 trillion in debt with a broken economy, our education system is 28th in the world, our infrastructure requires $5 trillion in investment to bring it up to modern standards, our military is looking increasingly powerless...

    I just wanted to put some facts around your implication that America is ready for  third world status.  Our GDP is 3x that of the nearest nation - Japan.  Our debt load is number 31 in the world as a % of GDP.
    1 Lebanon         209.00 2006 est.
    2 Japan           176.20 2006 est.
    3 Seychelles      166.10 2006 est.
    4 Jamaica         133.30 2006 est.
    5 Zimbabwe        108.40 2006 est.
    6 Italy           107.80 2006 est.
    7 Greece          104.60 2006 est.
    25 Germany          66.80 2006 est.
    26 Zambia           65.70 2006 est.
    27 Canada           65.40 2006 est.
    28 Cyprus           64.80 2006 est.
    29 France           64.70 2006 est.
    30 Turkey           64.70 2006 est.
    31 United States    64.70 2005 est.

    Our military is the best trained, best financed and most powerful military this world has ever seen so I don't think they are ready to be called Powerless
    We have the 2nd largest active force in the world and Iraq and Afghanistan represent only 6% or our total armed forces.  We have 11 carrier groups; the next in line are the Brits with 2 and the rest of the world that has a Carrier has 1 or 2.  Our military has over 5.5x the amount the next in line has available (China).  

    I realize you don't care for the direction of this country over the past 8 years but this is still an amazing country and your view of how bad things are is just not that accurate.

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