Holy Mary, Mother of God, I think this campaign has “jumped the shark,” and the thing is that it isn’t even close to being finished yet. The odds are better than good that there will be many, many more sharks jumped by both the Democrats and the Republicans before we even get dressed on Election Day, let alone set foot in the actual voting booth. What I am referring to are the comments by Vice President Joe Biden giving a speech in Danville Alabama today, and I think most of us know that VP Biden is known for saying some pretty outrageous things.
Before I get into what it was Biden said that I believe is pretty damn over the top, let’s look at the demographics and history of Danville Alabama. First and foremost it is the city from which one of America’s all-time greatest athletes hails from, none other than Jesse Owens, and that is certainly something that any town should be proud of. Second the city of Danville has a median income of around $40,000 dollars, which I guess isn’t too shabby for a town of about 6,000 residents; so it isn’t exactly a shanty town.
Now, let’s get to what Mr. Biden said there. In referencing the Republican Party’s shiny and new VP candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, and his budget proposal – that calls for fewer corporate regulations, with Biden saying that the Romney/Ryan duo want to “Unchain Wall Street!” But that isn’t where he gets outrageous, he then, according to this article, dramatically lowers his voice and tells the audience, “They’re going to put you all back in chains.” You will also notice in that article that it says Danville Alabama is roughly 48% African American* according to the 2011 census. Umm, yeah, that is nothing other than a scare tactic and a pretty reprehensible one too.
When you continue on in that article you will see the Democratic spin doctors saying that the VP only meant it metaphorically, then going on about how Romney and Ryan’s economic plan will yield further/more/another financial Armageddon. Okay, fine, I am smart enough to know that Biden doesn’t actually believe that the GOP and their “dynamic” uno (I don’t think anyone could accuse Mitt Romney of being a dynamo) is out to enslave us all. I also believe that those in attendance, particularly those who are of African American heritage, don’t honestly believe that Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the rest of the GOP are proponents of slavery (at least I hope they don’t). That being said, it is hard to ignore the intent of his words, metaphor or not; which is to scare the BeeGeesus out of people. Yes, it is a metaphor, but it is also propaganda; and like pretty much all propaganda, it is a lie.
Both the Democrats and the Republicans have mastered the art of divide and conquer. They use inflammatory and outrageous rhetoric (more commonly known as lies) to fragment all of us into little incensed groups pointing fingers at one another, blaming one another, and then they promise the world to each of the incensed groups that they created. Doing this keeps us all off of focusing on the bigger and deeper issues, making us all only focused on the rhetorical flames that these parties lit themselves. It is nothing more than a colossal game of “Three Card Monty,” using deceit and manipulation to con us out of our votes, and ultimately our money. I believe the Democrats are better at this than the Republicans, not because I think the Republicans are more honest, but because both parties have succeeded so well at conning the majority of us out of our money, that more and more of us are falling into the “eat the rich” demographic; which another of the Democrats divide and conquer strategies, to vilify those who have more money than we do. The Republicans are losing basically because while they talk a good game about fiscal conservatism, and smaller government, their track record belies the talk. However they (the Republicans) do have the religious right on their side, which they use to divide us into either God fearing patriots, or anti-Christian commie atheists. So, yay for Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and all of us actually heeding that wise man’s words - yes I am being facetious, because few of us actually live by that dream.
*Just on a point of fact, I went to the US Census Bureau website to verify the NBC article’s demographic numbers of Danville Alabama, and the percentage of African Americans in Morgan County (where Danville is located) or Decatur Alabama (where Danville is an unincorporated suburb) and the percentage of African American’s isn’t even half of what NBC is quoting. Danville isn’t even selectable as its own city. Doing further research I went to www.city-data.com and found that Danville’s African American population doesn’t even come close to the 48% as that article puts forth. Despite this, I still believe there is a definite scare tactic message being directed to the African American community with what Joe Biden said, which again was, “They’re going to put you all back in chains.” Look at the italicized and bold words, those are not directed or intended towards the white community; metaphor be damned.
Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. (Niccolo Machiavelli)