Bill McIntyre writes about the “win at any cost” strategies of politics in his article “Pathetic Election Tactics Celebrates Society’s Dark Side.” Machiavelli would be proud of his modern day disciples. McIntire writes:
Two evolutionary factors have now come to be standard fare in North American elections.
The first is that those seeking office will stoop to any tactic to not only win, but also to utterly crush and destroy their opponents. No accusation is too outlandish, no lie too small and no rumor too debased not to be trotted out and celebrated. One would think the 21st Century would produce more enlightened behavior.
Every irrelevant subject is targeted for attack, from a person’s looks and weight, to their childhood misadventures, their parents’ weaknesses, their hometowns, religion and shoe size. Of course, these all have to be negative to qualify for coverage.
In the U.S. I take the case of Sarah Palin, whose misogynistic detractors will stop at nothing to see she does not get a real chance at the White House. The only thing that matters to them, Democrat and Republican alike, is that the only woman they wanted to see running was Hillary Clinton.
The Democrats made a huge mistake in not having Clinton on the ticket with Obama and they knew it as soon as the Republicans chose a woman to run for the office of Vice-President.
It is humorous to watch the back-biting feminists suggest Palin should be at home cooking brownies for the kids instead of working outside the home. Sounds like the 1950s are back.
But isn’t only Palin. Any woman chosen by the Republicans would be attacked, abused and slandered in the same manner.