Saturday, September 23, 2006

Dead or Alive?

I want to believe he's dead.

The best case scenario for Democrats right now is if Osama Bin Laden has in fact passed away from natural causes.

If Bin Laden died last month, then Democrats can rightly point out to the American people that despite all the posturing from the GOP about eliminating Public Enemy Number One; Osama was neither brought to justice to stand trial nor killed by American military action.

I admit freely that I dread an October Surprise to end all October Surprises. I'm a bit paranoid that Bin Laden will be "killed" by our forces shortly before the election in a move of Rovian grand theatre.

It unnerves me to contemplate how the current administration has used cheap theatrics culled from bad Hollywood films and sitcoms to keep themselves in positions of power. It is as if the waste products of our own decadence has been used against us.

Ultimately, what we on the left must do in setting forth our position is three fold.

1. We must understand that Americans love theatrics and dramatics. This is why Karl Rove has worked such magic. People want to believe in good versus evil. People want to believe in last-minute miracles.

2. We must utilize this fact to our advantage without sinking to their same level. We must not resort to propaganda tactics to get our points across. We know that people love truth but hate hypocrisy.

3. We must stand unified. Set aside petty differences for now. We must stand firm. If we do not, we may never get the chance again.


Fran / Blue Gal said...

I don't know. I think we need to focus on the GOP's plans to gut Social Security after the election, and drill again and again on the lies and corruption of the GOP. That is all.

Comrade Kevin said...

I agree with you, Blue Gal.

But I do believe that we've got to find a charismatic leader or leaders who will stand toe to toe with Karl Rove and directly challenge him.

The gap between entertainment and politics has narrowed considerably. I don't recommend running a failed B movie actor but I do recommend giving people a reason to be excited in the Democratic Party again. Politics is thought of as boring by a majority of the American people. It shouldn't be that way.

John Kerry Democrats reinforce that view.