Deliver us

A PICTURE in this morning’s Times caught my eye. This is it.

Where do you start?

These people are trying to win the election for their candidate (Palin) by suggesting that Barack Obama should somehow be associated with Osama bin Laden… because their names sound a bit similar!

If that weren’t moronic and offensive enough, check out these intellectual musings (as reported in The Times) from the redneck tendency of the Republican Party:

“Obama and Biden will take this country far too far to the left. They’ll take away the freedoms I’ve spent 40 years defending,” said Dwayne Schnakenberg, 40, a Navy veteran.

Okay, I put that in just to expose the stupidity of someone who belives he’s been fighting for his country since the moment he was born. But there are others. Here’s my personal favourite:

“What turned me off was the way he wouldn’t put his hand over his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance or wear a flag pin. I don’t know how you can call yourself an American if you don’t do that,” Heather Zimerman, 39, a substitute teacher, said.

Uh-huh. Okay. Next!

“I don’t know what he was doing in Indonesia all those years — hanging around with Muslim terrorists?” Madeleine Willis, 60, a retired factory worker, asked.

And, depressingly, there’s more…

Mr Taylor complained about the trip to Europe that Mr Obama took in July: “I don’t think the president of the US should go around saying, ‘I’m a citizen of the world’.”

The report adds that “One beefy man wore a T-shirt proclaiming: ‘The difference between Obama and Osama is just a little B.S.'”

I’m not an anti-American. I genuinely love America and I think it’s been a great force for good in the world throughout its history. And I have a lot of respect for the US political process. Too many Brits sneer at the spectacle of primaries and conventions.

But this kind of mugwump, redneck ignorance is truly disturbing.

I almost expected one of the Republicans quoted to pick up his banjo and say: “You’ve got a purty mouth, boy…”

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7 responses to “Deliver us

  1. Johnny Norfolk

    Oh at first glance I thought it was some of our 2 million unemployed protesting. But of course you are more interested in the U.S. and whats going on there.

  2. You’re not a very happy man, are you, Johnny?

  3. Angryvoter

    Some of those comments truly are daft…

    Mind, it seems to me like a more intelligent play on words than drawing a direct comparison to Osama.

    If you check out a lot of Obama’s positions, he’s moved from the left of American Politics and driven straight into the centre, originally favouring a complete withdrawal the moment he took office to one that will take place in either 6, 9 or 18 months as a staged withdrawal dependent on what day of the week it was.

    There’s also been some differing positions with the surge, originally he was against it and said on camera that it’d make the situation worse.
    It didn’t.

    As it stands, I think Obama is too left wing [by American standards] and too idealistically minded to be completely Presidential Material. There is also the matter of his running mate, Biden, being strong in just about every area of policy. He’s a foreign politics heavyweight and has strong homeland credentials also, which to me makes me think that we will wind up with 4 to eight years of bickering between the two of them, getting nothing done.

  4. Doctorvee has another one on his site, where a woman says she wouldn’t vote for him because he’s an Arab, and McCain doesn’t correct her, he just says “No. He’s a family man”

    http://doctorvee.co.uk/2008/10/11/insight-into-republican-america/

    It’s things like this that make me understand why some people believe there should be an aptitude test before being allowed to vote.

  5. Those signs are as worryingly unamusing as all those Bliar tee-shirts that the self-righteous were wont to wear back in the day…

  6. Johnny Norfolk

    No I have to say I am far more concerned about things in Britain than the U.S.A.. This is going to be the worst we have known it since the war. If only Labour would put a head on their shoulders and understand we need to earn wealth not just keep spending it.

    Why did you let the Banks do this, why did you change the banking rules. These are the questions I an interested in.

  7. Martin Cullip

    It will work Tom as they know the backward nature of the US voter. You can hardly complain seeing as Labour has been targeting the uneducated with threats of their imminent doom from smoking (or being anywhere near one), alcohol, and fatty foods for the past few years.

    Scare people enough (whether based in truth or not, mostly not) and they will do your bidding. 45 minutes ring any bells?

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