It looks as though the Republicans will focus on 3 things while running for office this fall:

1) Blaming Obama for the economic crisis that they have created under Bush/Cheney — including the jobs which our corporations have been shipping overseas.

2) Cutting taxes for the super rich upper 2% which would largely cover our budget deficits, e.g. the WalMart estate alone would do the extension of unemployment benefits.

3) None too covertly playing the racist game of blaming the shortage of jobs on Latinos and African Americans — those who are actually suffering the most from our weak economy!

So far as their own solutions to these problems, one will hear little or nothing from Republicans. Theirs is the attack mode which Obama has faced constantly while trying to unify the nation in the face of real threats — economics, terrorists, and a couple of nations intimating nuclear attacks on us and ours — North Korea and Iran. A nation so divided is an easy target for hostile support from here, there and elsewhere.

I could document all of the above extensively. Unhappily the really cruel facts are rarely covered by the major sources of information for most busy Americans — TV and radio chains largely owned and operated by our super rich. The recent attack on Shirley Sherrod was manifestly racist and launched by a known to be right wing lying political hack — and jumped on by our media which should have sought facts rather than ratings as their goal. I appreciate CNN spending much time setting the record straight. But I suspect we shall see more of this sort of stuff. People tend to believe what they see on TV and racism is easy to promote.

And so it will go. Can the Democrats take on this c–p and get the message out to the general public how they are being had and the risks to them of Republican victories? Remember, the Supreme Court has authorized corporations to spend whatever they want on candidates and they are the ones with the big money and greedy profit motives.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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