Republicans attending the second night of their convention were treated to a series of speeches by individuals such as Fred Thompson, Joe Lieberman, and George Bush who made clear their party stood for America, unlike the traitors who inhabited the Democratic party. President Bush made clear that Senator McCain would stand up against un-American “left wingers” who wanted to tear down the nation. Fred Thompson ranted on and on about liberals who were destroying the nation and the importance of taking back the country from those anti-Americans.
During the election of 2004, Republicans tore to pieces and smeared the reputation of John Kerry who actually fought in the Vietnam war, but last night they boasted about the patriotism of John McCain who essentially spent the war under horrendous conditions as a prisoner. One can only assume to Republicans, Vietnam War heroes in 2004 were traitors but in 2008, they are heroes. John McCain tactics to win the election are quite clear, he will wrap himself in the flag of America and dare anyone to say a negative word about him under penalty of being accused of insulting the flag.
The Republican party is not going to change its stripes. It will resort to any smear, denigrate the patriotism of any opponent and grab ownership of the word “patriot.” It is also apparent John McCain is running against the Bush administration even though he supported the president on 90% of the issues. A foreign observer could only be struck by a campaign conducted by the party in power to attack itself in order to claim it really isn’t the party in power but represents the opposition!
Future historians will have a field day writing books about John McCain who attacked his opponent for lacking foreign policy experience and then selecting as his running mate a governor who has absolutely no foreign policy experience. Of course, lost in expressions concerning “foreign policy experience” is whether that experience was based on being correct about events in the world.