Friday, October 23, 2009
The NRA Intelligently Gets to the Heart of the Matter
The National Rifle Association is an organization that has been beneath contempt for a couple of generations, but I swear it has finally hit on something that would work for our country. The television ad it is running for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell (who's such an empty suit that I have to look up his name every time I mention him) would be wonderful in our nation's arsenal--if the courts would allow.
My suggestion is to play it for terrorists until they break down and spill their guts to interrogators. 'Course, this could be all over the Geneva Conventions--my guess is it would--but, hey, it's worth a try. Don't try and the terrorists win.
This screamer of an ad is perfect for McDonnell, a guy who makes George Bush look substantial. ... Uh ... Maybe not substantial, but certainly more ... something. The ad essentially assumes (probably with a certain amount of credibility) that American citizens are basically cowards, terrified of everything that moves, and that we in Virginia need Bob McDonnell and a very large gun to protect us.
The ad talks about a "they" who want to take our guns away without ever telling us who "they" might be. Couldn't be McDonnell's opponent, who has a too-high-for-me NRA rating (an A, I think).
In another NRA pro-McDonnell ad, it seems the threat to take your guns is New York Italians and Jews (Mayor Bloomberg) whom the ad says McDonnell ran off when New Yorkers came down here "threatening our Second Ammendment rights." That was the time Bloomberg asked Virginia to quit illegally selling guns to New York criminals, who used them to kill Bloomberg's people. He wasn't asking that Virginia shut down gun sales. He asked that it enforce its laws against illegal sales. McDonnell, the state's attorney general and the guy responsible for that enforcement, told him to jump in the lake. Nobody cares about dead New Yorker Jews and Italians. Just don't take our guns. We may want to form a militia.
There has been a great deal of dishonesty in this election, probably not record levels, but certainly a lot. It is refreshing to see the NRA take the direct approach laying bare its monumental fear of dang near everything that can be shot, its xenophobia, its hatred and dismissal of Jews and Italians and its firm belief that in Virginia it is in the majority with those feelings.
Don't you just love the way the NRA makes us all look so educated, wise and cosmopolitan?