RNC Issues a Not-Too-Subtle Call To Arms

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A “Tribute to 9-11” played before a national audience at the RNC Convention. It sounded and felt, to this writer, like a call to arms for the war to end all wars, an apocapolypse against “islamic jihadists” who “seek to destroy our way of life.” I could not help but think this is how Germans were persuaded to attack their neighbors and commit all kinds of atrocities, all in the name of protecting the “Homeland” and doing God’s will in eradicating the world of the Jewish race.

Below is a video of the “Tribute” and Keith Olbermann’s comment:

The Republican Platform is clear:

  • War.
  • Theocracy.
  • Police State.
  • Intolerance.
  • Fear.

In a juxtaposition of contradictions worthy of a Shakespearian play, this election is a choice between black and white. But in true Shakespearian twists, Black offers hope; White offers fear. Black walks in the path of Light, while White operates on the Dark Side. And, if fear weren’t enough, White throws in a seductive charmer, a “Miss Congeniality” to add a certain sex appeal to the ticket. Their call is to the lowest common denominator of the masses: fear and lust. They offer an illusion of hope (for riches) and security from imagined terrorists at every corner.

And what does the Black candidate offer?

  • Reasoned approaches.
  • Diplomacy.
  • Wisdom.
  • Respect for our differences.
  • Trust.

This is not an easy sell to the masses. The masses are more easily swayed by emotion than by reason.

The next 60 days will make a mark on the history of this world like none other.


18 thoughts on “RNC Issues a Not-Too-Subtle Call To Arms

  1. Thank you, Keith! Thank you, thank you, thank you. As a New Yorker, I hope you do an extra-long Special Comment (say, 52 minutes?) on their use of the images from that horrific day. Not to mention using decades-old footage of events unrelated to the attacks of 9/11, at least if one were “paying tribute” to the victims of 9/11. This struck me as more of a hodge-podge “jihad” against anyone who used terrorism. I’m surprised they didn’t use video of the disco in Berlin that was bombed, in which several American service members were killed and injured. Then-president Reagan (now deceased) actually awarded Purple Hearts to the surviving victims of the blast, calling them “victims in the war on Terrorists.” It was, I believe, the first time the term was used, and nobody paid much attention to his war on terrorists. Probably because he started funding them himself. But I digress.

    Thanks for the post, Iolair.

  2. The Republican Party cannot be allowed to run this country again. They have already done too much damage, and have proven time and again that the reason government doesn’t work is because Republicans are in it, trying to screw everything up, just to make the point that “government doesn’t work.” That may sound like just my biased opinion, but the facts will prove me right. Ask John W. Dean.

  3. And let’s not lose sight of the fact that it begins with “It started in Iran…”. They are trying to backtrack all terrorism in the world to the time radical Iranian students took over our embassy and held 52 people hostage. never mind the fact that terrorism has been around since the first civilizations (there were always disgruntled people who sought to destroy the tools of oppressive governments).

    But they want everyone to think that 9/11 happened because of Iran. So there will be support for a “pre-emptive strike” against them. Those bastards!

  4. Wow, I just watched Olberman and I felt very sorry for him. He was genuinely and deeply upset.

  5. Thanks for posting this.

    I remember where I was when John Kennedy was assassinated and that assassination had a profound effect on our nation. I also remember where I was when 4 students, just walking to classes, where killed by our own Government at Kent State in Ohio. That had a profound effect on our nation, too.

    This video is disgraceful. It does show that McCain is all about war and that is all he is about. It should be made viral.

  6. “And let’s not lose sight of the fact that it begins with “It started in Iran…”. … But they want everyone to think that 9/11 happened because of Iran. So there will be support for a “pre-emptive strike” against them.”

    Excellent point, Wayne. The RNC has laid the groundwork for attacking Iran in another preemptive war.

    Iran is responsible for 9-11. Iran has always been responsible for 9-11…

  7. I’m downloading the video.

    Do they actually pay tribute to the victims of 9/11? Or just bathe in the blood of the day?

  8. Pardon my french, but this is fuckin’ unbelievable!
    First off, this is not a “tribute” of 9/11, this is a mix of video to remind us of the horrors that day, and to not so subtly scare us into thinking that McSame is tough on terrorism.
    It’s 2004 all over again.
    McSame. McSame indeed!
    (By the way, this “tribute” looks more like a successful propaganda for Al-queda enrollment than a patriotic film for the USA)

    What truly disgusts me is the actual applause after the video. WTF? If anything, the audience should have remained in complete silence, remembering the victims. The ones who jumped, the ones who were crushed, the ones who were burned, the ones who are scarred mentally for life.

    I am outraged. We, the left, are outraged.
    Where is the rights outrage?
    If I had attended the Democratic convention in Denver, and they showed this video, I would have immediately walked out and denounced my party affiliation.
    But then again, I have a backbone!

  9. Wayne A. Schneider
    September 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm
    And let’s not lose sight of the fact that it begins with “It started in Iran…”.

    But they want everyone to think that 9/11 happened because of Iran. So there will be support for a “pre-emptive strike” against them. Those bastards!

    And they’re absolutely right. It did start in Iran.

    The seeds of 9/11 were planted in Iran when we overthrew their democratically-elected government in 1953 and installed a despotic Shah in order to control their oil reserves. This not only began sowing the widespread distrust of the United States in the greater Muslim world, but set in motion the radical forces that would overthrow the Shah in 1979.

    The rise of a strong Shia state then led the Saudi kingdom to counter by promoting a more radicalized Salafist brand of Sunni Islam, many devotees of which were then dispatched to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.

    These guys eventually coalesced into al-Qa’ida, and when the Soviet Union crumbled they set their sights on the only remaining hegemony, us.

    So it did start with Iran. The Republicans just left out a few minor details.

  10. That’s true toasterhead, they didn’t start hating us because we were minding our own business.

    Oh I remember, they hate us for our no longer existent freedoms. How lame.

  11. I can’t believe that the Republican Party, whose goal posts are now subterranean, managed to stoop even lower and politicize the worst attack on American soil for their own gain.

    My Response to That:
    When you have no platform, you use people’s fear of the unknown. When you have no morals, you attack other’s for having a conscience. When you have no ethics left, you attack community organizers and make it sound like a dirty word.

    Republicans have you no shame…..

  12. Keith wrote a comment on the Daily Kos:


    “You know, previously these folks have gotten me pretty annoyed.

    Now, however, I’m mad.

    Have to take Friday off because my work on the NFL broadcasts begins Sunday and we’re rehearsing Saturday, plus after Friday my fill-in is going to be too busy with some show of her own starting Monday. But reading your great points here not only leavens my mood a little bit after this unexpected confrontation with propaganda makes me think that I might revisit this next week.

    Not Monday. Obama’s on the show Monday, to say nothing of Rachel’s premiere.

    Anyway, quite seriously, thank you.

    “If you’re going through hell – keep going!” — Winston Churchill

  13. Thanks, muse, for the quote from Keith. When he does his Special Comment about it (and I think he will, because this was worse than the vast majority of his Worst persons combined), I hope he mentions how the video begins. There should be no doubt anymroe that the Republican Party is just itching to go to war with Iran. They are ready to condemn an entire race of people (Persians) for the actions of a few. And when the warhawks start trying to gin up the country to go to war, watch how many callously refer to them as “Arabs”. At that point, whatever commentator they are saying it to should just point blank ask them, “Who told you they were Arabs?” That should make them look stupid enough and hopefully negate any point they were trying to make.

  14. Did I ever tell you that the very first person in Keith’s book, “The Worst Persons in the World” was my Assemblyman from AD99 Willis Stephens (R). He was watching some local citizens’ comments in a special chat room and wanted to tell a friend that he “was sitting here watching these idiots pontificate.” (Something like that; I don’t have the book in front of me.) Thing is, he didn’t send that to his friend, he posted it in the chat room, for all the “pontificating idiots” to see. He is no longer our assemblyman, having been defeated in the primaries by a racist bigot named Greg Ball, who is so bad that the local Democratic Party is trying to help someone defeat Ball in the primaries next week. I wish them luck.

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