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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Weekend Update

And We’re Back.

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Good Morning Campers!

Well, its morning at least. The good part is still up for debate. At least with the elections over and I start watching TV again. I don?t generally watch a lot of TV these days thanks to Hulu but it was frankly getting painful to even watch the morning news there in the last days before the election. The ads are probably the thing I dislike the most about political campaign cycles.

But that is all over now and we can get back to seeing ads for things like car insurance and Pepto Bismol. Nothing cleans out the TV tubes better after a nasty negative political campaign season than a good old fashioned diarrhea medicine commercial. Kind of fitting if you ask me.

Back in Washington the President has returned from his trip to Asia, where he visited India, Indonesia, and Korea. Just before the trip ?Conservatives? latched onto a false report that President Obama?s stop in India was going to cost about $200 million dollars a day. Of course why would Glen Beck or anyone else do any actual follow-up to double check sources that could prove the allegation untrue. Fox News should probably change its tagline from ?Fair and Balanced? to ?Never let the truth spoil a good story.? Fortunately the rest of us with even a minimum amount of credibility have folks like Fact Check.org to help us with some verification.

Here at home in Iowa, state Republicans who have taken control of the State House and the Governor?s office are gearing up to take on the fight to add bigotry and discrimination to our state constitution.

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