Now if I had more time, I'd suggest that the plutocracy has already declared war on the poor, the middle class, and our future generations who will have a $10-trillion (and climbing) debt to pay off.
But David Brooks, who has looked like he's been suffering from severe worldview indigestion since Barack and Joe (not mention Michelle, Hillary, and Barney Smith) hit all the right notes in Denver, does a much better job of pointing out the class warfare the dying Republican party has been waging. As he notes, the apotheosis of Sarah Palin is just the blood-red lipstick on the ugly politics of division and failed conquest by which the "Republicans" (I'm not sure they even deserve the name any more) have betrayed the founding intellectual ideals of the conservative movement (yes, conservatism was founded by intellectuals):
Palin is smart, politically skilled, courageous and likable. Her convention and debate performances were impressive. But no American politician plays the class-warfare card as constantly as Palin. Nobody so relentlessly divides the world between the “normal Joe Sixpack American” and the coastal elite.
She is another step in the Republican change of personality. Once conservatives admired Churchill and Lincoln above all — men from wildly different backgrounds who prepared for leadership through constant reading, historical understanding and sophisticated thinking. Now those attributes bow down before the common touch.
And so, politically, the G.O.P. is squeezed at both ends. The party is losing the working class by sins of omission — because it has not developed policies to address economic anxiety. It has lost the educated class by sins of commission — by telling members of that class to go away [David Brooks, "The Class War Before Palin," New York Times, 2008.10.09].
I feel for David Brooks. I don't think he recognizes his old party. He must feel the way I did four years ago when I started realizing the "Republicans" weren't who they said they were.
Barack says it best:
I think that folks are looking for something different. It's easy to rile up a crowd by stoking anger and division. But that's not what we need right now in the United States. The times are too serious. The challenges are too great. The American people aren't looking for someone who can divide this country—they're looking for someone who will lead it. We're in a serious crisis - now, more than ever, it is time to put country ahead of politics. Now, more than ever, it is time to bring change to Washington so that it works for the people of this country that we love [Senator Barack Obama, remarks as prepared for address in Chillicothe, Ohio, 2008.10.10].
Compare that to anything the GOP has put out in the last month, and ask yourself: who's really waging class warfare?
Brooks and Obama both see it, and they're sick of it. Obama is the man to put the United back in the United States of America.