I'm probably not the only person receiving these crazy, viral emails with wild accusations about Obama.
They carry on about everything from his birth certficate to flags painted on his campaign plane, to him being a Muslim.
This is how low the McCain campaign and their allies have sunk. We're not talking about the economy or health care or skyrocketing food costs and rising unemployment.
No, it's all about flags, birth certificates, lipstick, and well…. LIES. There's no way to sugarcoat it. The Republicans are so desperate to win that they've forgotten that important Commandment against bearing false witness.
I was recently the unhappy recipient of a series of emails from someone I had been quite friendly with. But, this person decided not to respect my preferences and inundated me with this type of crap. THEN got huffy when I replied to the entire recipient list that the email was garbage.
If you get some similar stuff, I have some suggestions on the flip…
One good resource is Obama himself. Wondering if some of the crazy claims are true about his proposals? Go to the issues secton of his Web site and find out for yourself:
He also has a site specifically devoted to fighing smears, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the new ones. Still, there's good info here:
Another good resource is Snopes.com – the urban legends Web site. You can often find a total debunking of one of these hit piece emails here:
You can do the same thing with John McCain at Snopes, and I urge you to do so. There are so many valid reasons to vote Democratic this year. We don't have to lie.
And, if you're just in a really bad mood and fed up with getting this stuff, you can try the nuclear option. It worked for me. I haven't heard from this person for several days. Maybe never again.
Mooncat encouraged me to post excerpts, so here it is – as is…..
You'd have me believe that the military thinks the Iraq war is just dandy. So it's pretty amazing that the majority of campaign contributions from deployed military people are going to Obama. Could it be that those troops who give 6 to 1 to Obama hate America? Or maybe they see the folly of pouring good money after bad and losing even more of our soldiers. (http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/08/troops-deployed-abroad-give-61.html)
I think that the mistake that was made is taking the country to war based on the lie that Saddam Hussein was responsible for September 11. Sarah Palin and McCain are still peddling it. (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/inteldump/2008/09/palin_iraq_and_911.html) What's up with that?
The mistake was not sending enough troops to adequately handle an occupied country. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Shinseki)
The mistake was signing our country up on the list of regimes who TORTURE PEOPLE. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu-countries-knew-about-cia-torture-flights-524366.html)
It's a LIE that Sarah Palin “opposed the bridge to nowhere” (http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUSN3125537020080901“) and just like it's a LIE that Obama is, as you claimed previously, a Muslim. (http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/muslim.asp) And if he is, so what? Remember that pesky Article 6 of the Constitution that outlaws a religious test for public office?
'course it's not a LIE that Palin's minister is a bigwig in Jews for Jesus and that her church hosted a speaker who claimed that terrorism in Israel is because Jews haven't embraced Christianity. (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13098.html)
It's not a LIE that McCain's tax plan will give $269,364 in tax breaks to those making more than $2.87 MILLION, but only to $319 to middle class families making between $37,596 and $66,354. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/06/09/ST2008060900950.html)
And it's not a LIE that McCain plans to tax the health care benefits of people with employer-sponsored health plans (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/11/politics/animal/main4440453.shtml) or that the Republican platform calls for abortion to be outlawed in ALL CASES – even rape and incest. Even if the woman/girl is the same age as our daughters. That really doesn't work for me.
The GOP platform also calls for abstinenance-only sex education. We see how well that's worked in other prominent families, right? (http://www.rcrc.org/issues/election08r.cfm)
That's not change I can believe it. That's change that simply unbelievable.
Support any candidate you want. Vote for whomever you want. Fine. But do it on the facts, not poorly-sourced viral emails and videos. And remember that we're electing the President of the UNITED STATES – not of any other country.
I think if someone sends out something that's inaccurate and doesn't bother to check the facts – which a quick trip to Snopes.com would have done – then I'm not confident that the sender will correct him or herself later. So I reply to everyone. Or even add a few if the spirit moves me.
McCain is running on a platform that supports a criminal regime that makes unnecessary war, tortures people, spies on its citizens, holds people without charge in violation of the Constitution of the United States, and has a president who agrees, along with his advisors, with Richard Nixon that “If the President does it, it's not illegal.” (http://afjjusticewatch.blogspot.com/2008/04/when-president-does-it-that-means-that.html)
That's just wrong.
You may be happy living in a police state, but I'm not. I demand more from my government.
Keep in mind that one of the Big Ten is to not bear false witness. I think everyone should check these forwarded emails for accuracy at the snopes.com urban legends Web site before sending them on. A campaign that uses its candidate's record of service and HONOR can do no less.
Here are a couple of important links from that site. They have a lot more on many issues. Just enter your topic in the search box and you'll be shocked by the stuff that's going around about everything from Obama to Kentucky Fried Chicken to crazed killers on top of cars:
Is Obama a Muslim? http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/muslim.asp
Debunking the 50 Obama “lies”: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/50lies.asp
Is Obama a citizen? http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/citizen.asp
In other news… There have been many recent news stories about the McCain campaign spreading lies instead of discussing issues…….
Newsweek: McCain continues to distort Obama's tax proposals:http://www.newsweek.com/id/151621
McCain Barbs stir outcry as distortions: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/us/politics/13mccain.html?bl&ex=1221451200&en=46ea589c255511cb&ei=5087%0A
Fox News Debunks McCain lies: http://liberalvaluesblog.com/?p=4283
Even Karl Rove calls the campaign out on it... (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/even-rove-draws.html)
How pitiful is it that a campaign is reduced to spreading lies rather than debating issues like the economy, health care, women's rights, the war, etc? Tells you a whole lot about the other candidate.
And that's Countrycat's hissy fit of the day……