To quote a recent ad from a neo-con favorite of Rush Limbaugh who is running for Congress in North Carolina, "Americans are under attack from Islamic extremists in every corner of the world. Homosexuals are mocking holy matrimony, and the lesbians and feminists are attacking everything sacred. Liberal judges have completely rewritten the Constitution. You can burn the American flag and kill a million babies a year, but you can't post the Ten Commandments or say 'God' in public." Then the ad ends with the theme song from "Leave it to Beaver!"
Progressives cannot afford to ignore the neo-cons' appeal to the more primitive soap-opera-level feelings and fears of American voters. And maybe we need to sink down to the neo-con-men's level and appeal to America's more basic instincts too.
If we were to use the neo-con's talk-down-to-the-voters claptrap style, our ads would probably go something like this:
"George Bush thinks that he has the right to lie to Americans by claiming that he is guided by God!" our candidate will claim. "This loathsome blasphemy by someone our children look up to mocks the very name of all we hold holy. Are we going to stand by while this evil man tries to lure unwary American believers into his diabolical web of hate, greed and lust? No! As long as there is even one American left in our country who can still read the Bible, we will NOT tolerate nor endure the Jesus-bashing going on in the mind and heart of George W. Bush."
Hey, this style works for the neo-cons -- and they lie. Maybe it will work for us too -- when we're telling the truth.