I'm not going to subject myself to misery of watching all the DNC finale tonight because getting worked up and pounding "THEY'RE LYING, THOSE FASCISTS!!!!" in myriad variations doesn't make me happy as much as sad that it's even necessary to call out their distortions and deceit.
Driving home, the radio news read some snippets of an advance copy of the "Gospel According to Obamessiah" address he will deliver to his subjects in a couple of hours and it's clear that this part is meant to be the money quote:
We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans — Democrats and Republicans – have built, and we are to restore that legacy.For starters, anyone who is truly patriotic - man or party - doesn't need to scream like a schoolgirl with a skinned knee about how patriotic they are. There must be an armory full of smoking guns out there that they're scared will be turned up before the rubes elect him.
Next, notice that he invokes the names of JFK and FDR - men, make that MEN, who stood up for their country and didn't whimper around reflexively trying to put their country down at the same level as the aggressors until they get word it's polling poorly and have to backtrack. Peter Wehner notes the inaptness of the desired analogy:
The Democratic Party is, in name only, the party of FDR and JFK. But in its philosophy it is, particularly on national security matters, a dramatically different party. JFK, after all, ran on the supposed “missile gap” with the Soviet Union. He spoke about the rights of man coming not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. And it was President Kennedy who famously said “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”I wrote last night about how JFK would be called a "neocon warmonger" by today's fascistic Democratic Party - they'd probably prefer if the USA was renamed the "Peoples Republic of Soviet Socialist Amerikan States - and the fact that they are hypocritically evoking past party members who weren't soft and squishy in the face of aggression proves that they know that they have to bamboozle the voters into believing they're the same because to do otherwise would lead to defeat.
It is revealing that Senator Obama would have to reach back almost five decades to invoke a Democrat on national security issues. But whether he likes it or not, and whether he admits it or not, the modern-day Democratic Party is, on national security issues, the party of McGovern and Carter, Mondale and Dukakis, Clinton and Kerry, Reid and Pelosi. Given that litany of names, perhaps it is understandable why Obama would invoke JFK and FDR.