I’ve been listening to campaign speeches recently and learned that Obama is friendly with terrorists, that we don’t really know who he is and that he is affiliated with a group that is trying to undermine our democracy though voter fraud. You can’t help but admire McCain’s high mindedness when he said that Obama is a decent family man despite these shortcomings.
With Colin Powell endorsing Obama, you have to wonder whether he is in on this too. Come to think of it, this is an area in which the State Department is supposed to be active and Condoleeza Rice has been strangely quiet about this terrorist issue.
The last time that I recall that we had terrorism creeping into the system was 1988, the year Jesse Jackson jumped into the primaries and caused a lot of confusion. As I recall he was taken very seriously until he lost the California primary, although I guess Bill Clinton does not remember it that way. (Jackson’s associations helped us sort that one out too.) Anyway George H.W. Bush was able to defeat Dukakis at least in part by creating an association between Dukakis with the domestic terrorist Willie Horton.
There of course have been other campaigns before McCain in which we have been alerted to domestic terrorist threats. Goldwater, when he seemed to be losing, circulated literature in the South that called attention to the terror some were feeling in connection with the civil rights movement. Mostly though until Obama’s nefarious past came to light, the allusions have been mostly the oblique use of code words.
This age-worn tactic does not seem to be keeping people away from Obama speeches. Here are some amazing pictures of recent Obama rallies.