While the stock markets miraculously ended flat to last week in a spine-chilling roller-coaster ride--down 1000 points in 2 1/2 days, up 1000 points in 2 1/2 days--it's still abundantly clear that the economy is in a state of absolute crisis. Financial experts are calling the banking and mortage disaster the most grave situation since the Great Depression. Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, knows "it's the economy stupid" in terms of where voters' priorities are right now. And he also knows that, as an economic neophyte, if it stays this way, he will lose in November. So, in a pathetic act of desperation, McCain and his mindless Stepford-Wife of a vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, ratcheted up the war-mongering rhetoric Friday.
To make a long story short, there's a "Rally to Stop Iran Now" to be held next Monday at the United Nations which was originally scheduled to be attended by Sen. Hillary Clinton and Palin. When Clinton found out Plain was on the bill, she backed out, not wanting to be a part of anything partisan (Palin is running for office, not Hillary). Not wanting to have its event be turned into a campaign circus, the organizers themselves uninvited Palin. Cut to Friday, when Palin's irresponsible and reprehensible attempt at fear-mongering did nothing but remind voters of all the lies and deception about Iraq perpetrated by President Bush, McCain and the rest of the sabre rattling Republican mob.
"John McCain and I are committed to drawing attention to the danger posed by Iran's nuclear program and we will not waver in our commitment," Palin said on the campaign trail. "I will continue to call for sustained action to prevent Iranian President Ahmadinejad from getting these weapons that he wants for a second holocaust."
Last week she warned in the now infamously embarrassing interview with ABC New's Charles Gibson of the need to ensure "that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them."
"Second Holocaust?" WMD in the "hands of terrorists?" Sound familiar? Can you say, "Mushroom Clouds?" Threats of "nukular build-up" by a rogue Middle East nation whose name starts with the letters Ira? The only thing missing here is the damned "Q." I mean, seriously, are these reckless bastards for real? Have they ever read The Boy Who Cried Wolf? Why on Earth would they expect anyone to give them so much as an ounce of national security credibility after engaging America in the worst military blunder in our nation's history...one built on manufactured evidence and fear-mongering incendiary rhetoric of the sort Palin was peddling Friday. There ought to be a law against incessantly bullshitting the American public about non-existent WMD threats...especially weeks before a major election.
Of her cancelled appearance at the protest, a smug and disingenuous Palin said: "Unfortunately though, some Democrat partisans put politics first and now no elected official will be able to appear at that "Stop Iran" rally. Iran's pursuit of these weapons should concern all Americans; this should not be a matter for partisan politics." Yes, Grandma Sarah, it is so partisan of those protest organizers not to allow any politicians there. God, can this woman get any more embarrassing?
And a sanctimonious McCain issued the following statement criticizing the Obama campaign for not attending the protest: "We stand shoulder to shoulder with Republicans, Democrats and independents alike to oppose Ahmadinejad's goal of a nuclear armed Iran. Senator Obama's campaign had the opportunity to join us. Senator Obama chose politics rather than the national interest."
Sorry, Grandpa Johnny, Obama's not gonna get caught up in your pathetic, feeble bait-and-switch game to distract voters' attention away from their #1 issue right now, especially when he knows you have no fucking clue what the hell you're talking about when it comes to the economy. Advantage Obama.
On a side-note, over on Republican radio, that slimy weasel Sean Hannity, McPalin's faithful spin-monkey, accused Democrats of "cheerleading this crisis" on Wall Street this week just as they are "emboldening our enemies in Iraq." It needs to be said: Sean Hannity is a despicable human being who ought to be ashamed of himself. If anyone puts party before country, politics before national interest, fiction before facts, it is he.
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