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BAMAPHIN 22
09-11-2008, 02:06 PM
"We grow good people all across America, with honesty, sincerity and dignity." No, Sarah Palin didn't say that. She said, "We grow good people in our small towns" and listed the above virtues.


Her speechwriter's strategy is clear -- to revive the "us" versus "them" storyline for the conservative base. "Us" is good rural, small-town folk and "them" is the dissipated urban elites, mostly domiciled on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.


You'd never know from the recent Republican convention that America was about to remember the terrorist attack on New York, when 411 city firefighters, police and medical personnel died trying to save people they had never met.

Instead it was like old times on the George W. Bush polarization trail, where he would play one group of Americans off another. It was region against region, rural against urban.


Shortly after his first inauguration, Bush embarked on a "Home to the Heartland" tour. He'd visit small towns and tell their residents that they were better Americans than other Americans. "The strength of this country is in the heartland," he'd say, posing like a pioneer on the Crawford, Texas, ranch that he had bought 24 months earlier.


Thank heavens for schoolchildren. Bush visited the Griegos Elementary School, in Albuquerque, N.M., and asked the second-graders whether they knew where he was from.


"Washington, D.C.!" the children responded with accuracy but not in the spirit of the "Home to the Heartland" tour.


"I grew up in Texas," insisted Bush, a Connecticut-born graduate of Yale, Harvard and before that, Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.



We now have the Republican vice presidential candidate ripping up all that bipartisan, let's-work-together talk that John McCain had been weaving for months. Small-town people, Palin said, "are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America, who grow our food, run our factories and fight our wars."


They do, and except for the food, so do city folk.


Thus, one was only mildly surprised to learn that former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who campaigned for Bush in 2004, has just endorsed Democrat Barack Obama. Ben Smith of Politico asked Koch why, and the answer was Palin. "She's scary," he said.


http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/gop_back_on_the_polarization_t.html

FinFatale
09-11-2008, 02:21 PM
You'd never know from the recent Republican convention that America was about to remember the terrorist attack on New York, when 411 city firefighters, police and medical personnel died trying to save people they had never met.

Instead it was like old times on the George W. Bush polarization trail, where he would play one group of Americans off another. It was region against region, rural against urban.


Shortly after his first inauguration, Bush embarked on a "Home to the Heartland" tour. He'd visit small towns and tell their residents that they were better Americans than other Americans. "The strength of this country is in the heartland," he'd say, posing like a pioneer on the Crawford, Texas, ranch that he had bought 24 months earlier.





http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/gop_back_on_the_polarization_t.html


It's just more word picking........both sides do it.........and both will continue to do it..........I am very anxious for the debates......it shall be interesting......I'd sure like to see more independants and liberatarians register and vote their own party and one day....maybe not this election we would have another choice........this two party monopoly is getting dangerous if you ask me.........