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A "Bad Moon Rising" Over An Obama Victory

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Those voters looking forward to a second term for Barack Obama, were shocked by the President's sub-par first debate performance.

A month before the election, it now appears that an Obama victory is no longer a certainty, pending a final judgment, of course, on the findings of post-debate polling.

If Obama continues his laid-back style in upcoming debates, Romney may persuade enough voters, especially in crucial swing states, that his vision of Republican conservatism, is superior to the current policies of the President.

In the first debate, the President displayed a surprising indifference to attacks from Romney. One debate performance does not a defeat make, but it does remind Obama supporters that no politician can avoid the threat of "a bad moon rising."

The President failed to bring up the fact that money is corrupting our politics. In a recent Carter Center speech, former President Jimmy Carter (above) provided him with his text. Carter issued "a blistering indictment of the U.S. electoral process," saying the process "is shot through with "financial corruption" that threatens American democracy."

Carter's indictment of the current Supreme Court is a reminder that the election of Romney would assure the continuation of a right-wing court well into the next quarter century. Elections do have long-term consequences.

If Obama continues his lackadaisical debate style, the neocons shaping Romney's views on Israel and Palestine will rejoice all the way through the November 6 General Election. There is, without a doubt, a "bad moon rising" over Obama's campaign.

John Fogarty wrote Bad Moon Rising in 1969. He and his band, Credence Clearwater Revival, made it a staple of their concerts during those days when darkness constantly loomed over a generational longing for better days.

Bad Moon Rising was first a hit single. It became the feature cut on the Credence Clearwater Revival's album, Green River. Bad Moon Rising was eventually recorded by over 20 bands and singers. Fogarty said he wrote the song after watching the film, The Devil and Daniel Webster, which included the depiction of a destructive hurricane.

For those whose hearing is not attuned to the musical language of that era, the song's opening lyrics may be found below the video. I thought of that song, one of my favorites from the 1960s and 1970s, at the beginning of this campaign. I have been holding it for the right time during this election, should the need arise. This week seems to be the right time.

I see a bad moon arising
I see trouble on the way
I see earth quakes and lightnin'
I see bad times today
Don't go around tonight
well, it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise
I hear hurricanes a blowin'
I know the end is comin' soon
I feel rivers over flowin'
I hear the voice from rage and ruin
Don't go around tonight
well, it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise

For Obama backers, the "bad moon on the rise" reminds them that debates can be deadly to candidates who perform poorly.

Of course, it is a time-honored American sports adage that the voters "do not pay attention to the election until after the World Series has ended."

The President's surprising, almost casual style in the first debate left the impression that he seemed indifferent to the 50 million viewers who tuned into the debate. If the "time-honored American sports adage" about elections and the World Series, is still operative, the failure of voters to pay attention will prevail well into November.

The Big Money owners who run major league baseball have pushed the World Series well beyond its traditional date of early October. They did not do this to affect elections. They were motivated instead by another adage of America's Big Money, "greed is good," made popular by Michael Douglas (as Gordon Gekko) in Oliver Stone's 1987 film, Wall Street:

President Obama missed a huge opportunity when he failed to link Romney to Gordon Gekko's appeal to greed. It would also have been a nice segue into a discussion of Romney's rejected 47%, those voters Romney described in a secretly taped fund-raising event in Florida, calling the 47%, "takers, not givers."

Obama also missed a chance to point out that the real "takers" of our society are the one percenters at the top of the pay scale, who want their tax rate kept low, a clear celebration of Gekko's philosophy of greed.

In his address at the Carter Center, President Carter also said "we have one of the worst election processes in the world right in the United States of America, and it's almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money."

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