Talking Point – Guilt by Association

October 9th, 2008

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?


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Egypt

Breaking News: Mubarak to Resign

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NBC News is reporting that after an all day meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will step down, handing over power to his recently appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman, and that all of the protesters demands will be met. The official announcement is expected later tonight (Cairo time) when Mubarak will address the nation. After 17 days of Pro-Democracy demonstrations, it appears that the 30 year old military dictatorship in Egypt is finally coming to an end.

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