This may well be the most hyperbolic campaign ad of the spring 2010 cycle. Note the ever so subtle use of the phrase "domestic" enemy. Or this candidates brave declaration that he's not going to let Obama "destroy this nation."
The ad is moderately slick but leads me to a singular conclusion: in the words of my late grandfather, "this guy is nuts."
Yesterday, America's news viewers were greeted by a stunning debate framed innocuously in between either Vote Vets ads or promos for Goldline, depending on their predispositions. As everyone by then knew, a failed attempt had been made by a man named Faisal Shahzad to blow up Times Square. What's more, it was already clear that this was no super villain. Rather, he was another inept loser who was going through foreclosure and had seemingly romanticized martyrdom. We also had learned that he was, in fact, an American citizen.
This is worth watching. The most chilling moment comes when we are shown footage of the Governor of Ohio at the time, James Rhodes, discussing the unruly student protesters by declaring "We are going to eradicate the problem." Emphasis mine.
We've come a very long way. Part of our nation's journey was paid with the blood of our children. It was forty years ago today that National Guard Troops opened fire on anti-war protesters on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio killing four and wounding ten.