As the Democratic National Convention winds down, the GOP propaganda machine is coming to life. The upcoming week will probably see a world record for the number of lies and half-truths emanating from the Karl Rove-inspired Republican efforts to demonize Barack Obama.
It's already happening to some extent, with commercials and online videos that chop and parse Obama's words into something completely misleading. A good example is the recent ad that has Barack supposedly saying that Iran was a "tiny" nation and not a significant threat. Those are words that speak directly to the unspecific fears of middle America that the GOP lie merchants are trying to inflame.
Well, the context of those words was conveniently and deliberately omitted. Obama was discussing the comparative total mutually-assured destructive threat to the U.S. of the Cold War Soviet Union to Iran's fledging nuclear program. Of course, the GOP liars and warhawks wouldn't want you to know the truth.
The truth is, and this bears repeating at every opportunity, is that Barack Obama believes in diplomacy as a vital step in keeping our nation secure. He believes that war is the LAST resort, to be used only if all else fails.
John McCain and George Bush believe war is the ONLY resort. They bomb first, and worry about the mess they make later. Meanwhile, they create more terrorists with every bomb they drop.
So the GOP lies about Obama. And they'll continue to lie, all the way until November. They'll turn lying into an evil art form.
What we can do is become aware of the truth to counter the incessant lies of the GOP. Spread the word to correct their obvious lies. The Republican propaganda machine is rumbling to life as I write this, and they'll stop at nothing to ensure their way of death, destruction, and record profits for the military-industrial complex continues forever. And we'll all suffer for it.