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09/08/2008 10:24 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dear Republicans, the People Who Control Your Party Think You're Dumb

How badly do you have to be lied to by the GOP before you finally realize they don't give a shit about you? These people have made their careers off the fact that you can be convinced that the party of wealth and privilege is manned by regular folks who are on your side. Really? How many corporate CEOs live in your neighborhood? Still, some multi-millionaire frat boy or war vet rolls up his sleeves and sucks down a beer at the county fair and you gobble up his down home sincerity like a happy meal. These people are about money and power - everything you're not. And their elections are about holding on to power so they can make more money and they will run whatever angry son-of-a bitch, along with whatever pleasant-looking incompetent they can dig up, as long as they can flog the middle class fear of the day, whether it's higher taxes, ethnic people streaming over the border, or gay couples moving next door.

Their elections are misdirections. Fear and bigotry wrapped in the flag. And, all too often, you buy the bullshit. And, more often than not, we all live to regret it. You don't think so? How'd the last 8 years of the compassionate conservative work out for you? A faltering economy, higher unemployment, a staggering national debt, a mortgage crisis, Enron, Katrina, the Justice department scandal, the Abramoff scandal, the Valerie Plame scandal, a trillion-dollar trumped up war, thousands of Americans dead, many thousands wounded, millions of Iraqis dead and/or displaced and their country in ruin. Any of this sound like the prosperity you were promised?

And yet, despite 8 years of abuse, your response is: "Thank you, sir, may I have another!?" Are you really so blind that you can't see that McCain, the shake-up-the-government maverick is engulfed by lobbyists and has now successfully sucked up to the fanatical right by picking this half-baked Alaskan, this female Quayle as his very own agent of intolerance. (She wants abstinence only education in all our schools? Shit, she couldn't even make it work in her own house.) And now she could be one malfunctioning defibrillator away from the most powerful job on Earth? Can you really look at this snarky, petty bureaucrat, and feel that she is the most capable Vice Presidential running mate he could find? Man or woman? Are you really that comforted by the picture of her sitting behind that desk in the oval office w ith veto power in one hand and the launch codes in the other? In his first major decision as a candidate, this ambitious old warrior who constantly trumpets his desire to protect America has, in fact, jeopardized our national security by picking this incompetent to run with him, just to placate the right and win an election. This is the real appeasement. And it's beyond irresponsible. It's almost treason.

Hopefully, now that the partisan convention hysteria is over, his dangerous VP choice will show her true colors under the glare of the media spotlight the campaign will try to hide her from. They can tutor her from now until the end times on the names, locations, and leaders of various foreign countries and she will clumsily drop them into her speeches, the way she did at the convention. But all the crib notes and phony posturing will never replace an actual knowledge of world affairs and in a head-to-head debate she will stumble, at which point Joe Biden will not have to wipe the floor with her - she will wipe the floor with herself. That is, if they don't dump her beforehand.

Still, that they think this stunt could work reveals their cynicism and disdain for ran k and file Republicans, and for the American people. Behind closed doors, Karl Rove laughs at your gullibility. Your inability to separate fact from propaganda, which you are fed by an army of media goons hiding in the Trojan horse of journalism, with slogans disguised as thoughts. ("The surge has worked!" Just say it over and over and they'll believe it.) Like entertaining a puppy with a ball, they keep you preoccupied with oversimplifications of complex problems, catch phrases, and phony passion over fake issues to the point that you've become suspicious of intelligence. That you mistake compassion for weakness. Thoughtfulness for indecisiveness. Where electing a President isn't about judging a candidate's vision and intelligence. It's a Jesus litmus test with a side order of war record and flag pins.

This time, don't be as dumb as they think you are. Look at them for who they are. They're not plain folks from small towns with simple, honest values. They're rich, arrogant, soulless people whose only motivation is money and power, and who will lies their asses off to keep it. You got played 8 years ago. Don't get fooled again. Or, stick to your guns and vote for them. But get ready to kiss your job, your house, your schools, your pension, your health care, your Social Security, and your neighbor' s kid goodbye.