Sunday, November 14, 2004

Wow, I'm really not alone

Someone else who thinks the Republicans are like the Nazis. And he worked for the Reagan campaign. Doug Thompson writes in Capitol Hill Blue about his feelings on the re-election of Bush. It is titled "Dawn of the Brain-Dead" to give you some idea. Here's a taste:

Bush returned to office because an army of brain-dead cretins, their minds turned to mush by years of right-wing propaganda, marched to the polls and exercised what little grey matter remained to pull the lever, touch the screen or mark the ballot to elect anything Republican.
Wow, that's some anger he's got there. And he is a Republican, so you know this guy isn't a liberal hack. The scary thing is he is right. It's the relentless message machine on the go that ets people to identify with a party and then vote straight-ticket. It's not because your dad voted Democrat anymore. Take me, for instance. My mom never talked politics at the table and she still isn't registered to vote. If anything, I've gotten her thinking about politics. The political tide turn of the 60s, 70s and 80s along with the general laziness of the Baby Boomers meant you couldn't count on them to vote their parents way or vote at all. Also, it meant that the Republicans of the 60's were not the Republicans of the 70s. It was a much faster pole reversal in party platforms. Now the single greatest device for mobilizing people to get up on Election Day is to make them interested in politics in the first place, otherwise they won't go to the polls. Whether it is church groups that discuss how much they hate gays whiole handling snakes or Internet MeetUps for Deaniacs, it is about amking people care to vote. And then they vote based on party ID. It is the relentless messaging that makes them think 'Gee, Republicans ave moral values. I have moral values. I must be a Republican.' Messaging gets people to go out and recruit and messaging gets people to identify with their "brand" and pull the lever for Republicans. And that's Thompson's point. It isn't ideal vs. ideal. It's Coke vs. Pepsi. It's the ultimate in consumer-culture ad wars, which is a shame. I would much rather debate people on what exactly we need to do to fix health care in this country. Instead, I have to debate people who's argument against universal health care is that Democrats are gay-loving communists. And then I have to pointout how uneducated they are. And we don't get health care.


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