Friday, October 17, 2008

When Does This Become a Hate Crime?

Seriously, folks, this is the robocall that the Republican National Committee has authorized and is being used in Virginia right now. I don't know if this sort of crap works, but the mere fact that McCain's party and campaign authorizes this kind of vicious lie is outrageous. Didn't you just love McCain's smarmy pitch in the last debate and on Letterman last night that he was really the victim of negative campaigning?

Meanwhile, Palin is referring to the "pro-America" parts of the country (guess which ones they are). So I guess the rest of us are...what...Iranians? Russians? Or, gasp, French? You can get the t-shirt here.

A bit of levity: This video is hilarious.


I just saw this post from which this excerpt is taken:

Over in Indiana, PA and Northern Cambria, PA, volunteers fielded complaints of a massive wave of ugly robocalls both paid for by John McCain's campaign and those paid for by third parties. The third party call was interactive, and purported to be from Barack Obama himself. The call starts out reasonably, and then "Obama" asks what the listener thinks is the most important issue. Whatever the response, "Obama" then launches into a profane and crazed tirade using "n***er" and other shock language.

I guess it's now official: McCain has no honor left.

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At 10/20/2008 1:28 PM, Blogger ed said...

Why do you think that this is a lie? Bill Ayers is a terrorist.

At 10/21/2008 6:26 PM, Blogger DaddyFiveOh said...

Ed: First, unless you ascribe to the theory that "once a terrorist, always a terrorist', it's not true to say that Bill Ayers is (present tense) a terrorist, even if he was (past tense) one more than thirty years ago. The last violent act he has been connected with occurred in 1972. He has never been tried on charges relating to violence committed by the Weather Underground, much less convicted. You might just as well say that Robert Byrd is (present tense) a Klansman, because he was (past tense) an Exalted Cyclops of the KKK in the 1940s. And for my money, the Klan was indeed a terrorist organization that has done far more harm to this country than the Weather Underground ever even attempted. And what about a real former terrorist like Menachem Begin, who later won the Nobel Peace Prize? Is "terrorist" the only, or even the primary, attribute that should be applied to him?

But come on, you know what's going on here. The McCain campaign is trying to create a false belief by using the following specious sequence: A. Ayers is/was a left-wing terrorist. B. Obama knows Ayers. C. Therefore, Obama supports terrorism. It falsely implies that they were working closely on terrorist activities. That's what's known as sophism, an ancient but highly disreputable form of argumentation. Left out is the context in which Obama had the association with Ayers, namely a project for reform of Chicago public schools which included a number of distinguished and prominent Chicago citizens and which was funded by a foundation established by Republican billionaire Walter Annenberg. Then there are Palin's repeated claims that Obama "pals around with terrorists" (note the plural) and the recent emphasis on Obama's Arab-sounding middle name. So, yes, the message of the robocall is a lie.

At 10/23/2008 8:00 AM, Blogger ed said...

Please publish my comment.

At 10/29/2008 5:24 PM, Blogger DaddyFiveOh said...

Ed: I don't know what comment you're referring to. I haven't seen anything other than what's here. I was out of town for several days and didn't even look at this blog, and in any case I have not been pre-screening comments. Feel free to re-post your comment if you like.


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