Sunday, October 5, 2008

Country First - the Un-American Way

Alright, so here’s the latest barrage of attacks. At a time when the United States is going through one of its roughest times in history, Sarah Palin is going around saying nonsense about Barack Obama. Just because of a few encounters he had with William Ayers, Palin is claiming that Obama is “palling around with terrorists!” However, besides blurting out the words maverick, hockey-mom, and joe sixpack numerous times, she’s mostly stayed mum about how John McCain and Sarah Palin are going to fix the economic mess.

Oh, wait could one of the reasons be the bail-out bill that Senator McCain voted for? Wasn’t that bill laden with Pork-barrel projects? And, wasn’t pork-reform a major premise of McCain’s vision about how he would reform Washington? Are they planning to bring people together? Or are they better at bringing people down by statements that are blatantly misleading at best?

If Sarah Palin can’t name magazines or newspapers she reads, it’s the media’s fault. If Sarah Palin gives a rambling response to a question regarding her foreign policy experience, it’s the “gotcha!” journalism that’s at fault. If she looks hopelessly unprepared for the job of the Vice Presidency, it’s the Georgetown cocktail circuit’s fault. And it’s Barack Obama’s fault if, based on the above points, the American people don’t trust McCain and Palin to steer the economy in the right direction.

John McCain, with the help of Sarah Palin, is supposed to bring people together and restore dignity back to Washington. What a great start! Going deeper, it seems like their campaign is trying to portray Obama as un-American. They cannot really articulate his race, so they seem to be taking a roundabout way to get to that issue.

However, they say that when you point a finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you. A core value of the American culture and of the American success story is the deep-rooted respect and dignity for individuals. By blaming others for their missteps, trying to “change the topic” and propagating falsehoods about Barack Obama, the McCain-Palin team is blatantly challenging the intelligence of the hockey moms and the Joe sixpacks that they seem to covet so much. Is that really a maverick move? Further yet, what could be more un-American than that?

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