Sure, if you want to throw phony labels around, Socialism, Terrorism, Communism based on innuendo and fear mongering...because that is a tool of fascism. The fascism of fear that McCarthy used in America in the 1950's for political gain...create fear and exploit it. It works, for a while.
Create fear based on projecting your desires on your opponent. The Republicans attempted to run our goverment using bullying tactics. They had a majority in Congress and wanted total control. With the spector of just the opposite occuring in the Tuesday Election, they are trying to raise the fear of One Party Police State over and over again.
But let's talk about fear and fear mongering. When you have no ideas except for the desire for total control, the best way to achieve the end is to scare the shit out of people by playing on their basest instincts.
The McCain campaign tried hard to establish a link between Bill Ayers and Barack Obama in the publics mind based on the loosest of associations. Yes Obama and Ayers both sat the board of the Woods Institute. When that didn't seem to be working, Sarah Palin began using the plural...instead of a terrorist, they became terrorists.
They needed another terrorist so they picked an associate of Barack Obama , a professor at Columbia University, Rashid Khalidi. He is a Pro Palestinian activist who founded the Center for Palestinian Research and Studies. he was a Chicago Resident and lived near Barack Obama.
Yes, Khalidi is criticized by Israel for his views on Palestinian Rights and the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. That hardly makes him a terrorist.
But in 2003, Barack Obama attended a going away party for Khalidi and there was a video tape made of the party and now, the McCain Campaign is demanding that it be turned over to them for use as proof that Barack Obama has indeed another terrorist connection, thereby justifying Sarah Palins use of the plural. There is a link between Obama, Ayers and Khalidi in so far as The Woods Institute gave Khalidis Organization a grant of $70,000.
The LA Times, which reported the existence of said tape, now says that the tape does not exist. The McCain Campaign is whining that this is just another case of media bias towards Obama. (Editorial note, for the record, anytime the media doesn't kiss his withered buttocks, John McCain whines "Media Bias".)
Now inspite of the tenuous and patently ridiculous connection, Senator McCain is trumping up the labeling of Khalidi as a terrorist and touting his friendship with Obama at rallies to prove to crowds of his "base" that "That One" has terrorist sympathies and connections. Rudy Guiliani is using the grant to Khalidi to "prove" that Obama funded terrorism....
So the base leaves his rallies full of even more lies and full of righteous patriotic rage.
The result? Today in Wilmington, North Carolina, Obama supporters were attacked by crowds leaving a rally by enraged patriots screaming "Terrorists, Communists, Socialists!" The Obama supporters were rescued by the police and claimed they would have been severely beaten.
Reality rears it ugly head....In 1993, John McCain became the chairman of the International Republican Institute, the same year that Khalidi founded the Center for Palestinian research and Studies. During the late 1990's, McCain's IRI donated almost a million dollars to Khalidi for the work he was doing. The tax returns for the IRI donations of $448,873 in 1998 and $389,621 are available at Huffington Post and this was reported today by ABC's Jake Tapper.
Deny reality, lie to seize power, manipulate the masses with fear, have I missed anything?