Lately the McCain campaign has been attempting to hammer home the idea that American’s should question Barack Obama’s character and judgment based on a tenuous at best association with William Ayers a former member of the Weather Underground, an organization that performed a series of bombings in the late 60′s in violent protest to the Vietnam war. McCain and Palin want American’s wondering whether or not Obama has the same radical views as those of the unrepentant but reformed domestic terrorist.
So, this begs the question. In a nation where the Justice system is supposed to be based on the principle that your innocent until proven guilty, is it fair, in a presidential election, to try and pin the radical beliefs of one man on a candidate simply because they happen to live in the same neighborhood and both worked on some of the same education boards?
But as Republicans smelled serious opportunity in the midterm elections, they didn’t let facts get in the way of a great punchline. And few in the press challenged their frequent assertion that under Obama, the government was going to take over the health care industry.
PolitiFact editors and reporters have chosen “government takeover of health care”
I’m not sure I totally agree with them, mainly because I would attribute this lie to 2009 and the summer of rage, but I suppose its right up there with a lot of them.
I think that the claim that the new health care law provides viagra for rapists probably ranks a little higher on my gauge.
There is also the lie put out by Gen. James Amos, that allowing gays to serve openly in the military would cause them to suffer higher causalities due to “distractions”. If I was a marine I would be wondering if the general just suggested that they were all pent up closet cases, just waiting for a release valve to open. Of course the hate group, Family Research Council has latched on to this and is spreading it around in an attempt to get their sheep to donate more cash.
And then finally, the lie I would call the lie of the year, is that Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility or that they are interested at all in doing anything about the national deficit. When you pass a bill giving tax breaks to everyone, even people that don’t need it, and don’t accompany those tax breaks with real spending cuts, and just their fake earmark ban, then they don’t care about the deficit, because they just added to it.