Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Not This Time

I'm not surprised the Republicans are eager to jump on the comments of Obama's pastor. It's an opportunity for a political dig that seems to be having a temporary effect on his polling numbers.

What gets me is the Obama campaign's weak reaction to it, until today, the media's willingness to make it a headline after ignoring McCain's uncomfortably close ties to lobbyists, and our own willingness as voters to get sucked into it again, and again, and again (rinse, repeat).

We have learned nothing from the Swift-Boat Veterans for "Truth" of 2004, that weren't, or the manufactured attacks on Al Gore's integrity in 2000. Both attacks became political dynamite, and even house-hold names, greatly effecting the outcome of the election (and not in America's favor), yet neither proved factual in the end. And we all let it slide.

If you want to talk "Anti-American Sentiment," let's talk about our complicity -- with the media -- in avoiding real issues that actually effect the lives of Americans, and our refusal to acknowledge that today's Republican party is not concerned with truth or integrity but relies largely on fabricated scandal and distracting voters to win elections.

We are smarter than this. They depend on our simplicity. We gladly hand it to them on a silver ballot.

4 comments:

  1. Don't forget McCains connects to wacko-bigot religious leaders.

    It seems the flip side of the same issue to me.

    Obama's pastor is pissed about racism because he's a member of (and a leader in) a minority group that is often the victim of racism. Of course he's pissed.

    McCain's guys, in short, are often the racists that piss Obama's guy off.

    I'd like to see this angle broken down by the chuckleheads on CNN sometime.

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  2. Good point. McCain has embraced Pat Robertson openly, and Robertson once claimed that the Sept 11 attack was God waging war on America.

    No one seems to remember that.

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  3. So would you have a problem with a member of Fred Phelps Westboro Baptist Church running for President, even if he said he did not agree with Phelps more controversial sermons and did not participate in funeral protests. Would you discount that and still support such a candidate? Well there is very little difference between Fred Phelps and Jeremiah Wright. They both have made careers on hate and have poisoned the minds of many people. Possibly including Barack Obama himself.

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  4. I would not have a problem with them running, and as long as they stand with me on the issues that I care about, I couldn't care less what their pastor said him or herself had to say.

    This topic has no place at the center of the debate, and only distracts from debate over important issues.

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