Sunday, April 26, 2009

Is "Obama's a Socialist" the GOP's main message?

It's been interesting listening to very smart, previously very normal Republican politicians the last few months. To hear them talk, President Barack Obama is taking us from a right-center country into a anti-utopian socialist nightmare, separated from Communist Russia only by our superior weather.

It will be pretty impressive if the president pulls that off. It will also be a pretty big disappointment if the ideals of this country manage to last more than 200 years, then wither in the face of a single presidency.

But this message of fear seems to be playing well. Blake Aued from The Athens Banner-Herald attended the 10th District GOP Convention last weekend, and what he wrote stuck with me:
I just got back from the 10th District GOP Convention at the Georgia Center, where, on the most beautiful day of the year, hundreds of Republicans chose to stay indoors, listen to speechifying and argue about parliamentary procedure.

Call it Fear and Loathing in Athens. The convention had all the paranoia of a Hunter S. Thompson book, minus the drugs and drinking. President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are coming for your guns, your money and your freedom.

Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, had few friends at the 2007 convention, but he returned this year as a conquering hero. His message – socialism yadda yadda Marxist yadda yadda yadda – has now become the message of the mainstream.

1 comment:

Nick said...

Classic Republican bumper sticker politics. They can't define problems and give solutions that don't fit on the back of a car. I give any of them a dollar if they could correctly define socialism.

But ,hey anything to help Joe's wallet. The gun shows are quite profitable with BO in office.