The Eclectic Quill

October 5, 2008

The Irony of McCain’s and Palin’s Slander of Barack Obama

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly @ 7:06 pm

I’ve seen some pretty low depths sunk to in past political campaigns, from Willie Horton to swift boat ads but none come to the level of smear, of lie, of sheer malice which the accusations of the McCain/Palin campaign have reached this weekend. To suggest that Obama has in some way endorsed or been complicit in terrorism by "palling around with terrorists" is beyond a lie, it’s a new bottom in American politics.

In her comments it is ironic that Palin accuses of Obama for not seeing that America is a "force for good in the world" but that he is palling around with terrorists who would target their own country." It shouldn’t need to bear mentioning but the logic itself is so full of fallacy that it deserves ridicule, not attention, but since attention has been given to it, it is necessary to demonstrate the problems with it. First and foremost Obama does see problems with the nation, but his solution is not to "pal around with terrorists" but it is to become the President of the United States and change it, not destroy it. Second, the point of the article from which Palin was referring to in the Times was to show that Obama’s relationship with Ayers is distant, not that he was "palling around" with him. (Ironically, in bringing this up Palin talked about how she’d been criticized for not citing what papers she read and then started talking about an article she’d read in the Times. It appears that the whole "Ayers connection" was new to her, proving that she actually doesn’t read that often, and on those rare occasions when she does her comprehension is challenged at best.) Third, currently Ayers is a respected member of Chicago society, a reformer and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There is nothing presently going on to suggest that he desires to cause harm to our country. There was a time when he did, yes, but at that time Obama was 8 years old and living in Indonesia. Somehow the notion that he was conspiring with Ayers is far-fetched. There is nothing honest in what Palin said. There is nothing honorable in McCain running ads which suggest that there is more to the relationship than Obama is letting on.

The profound irony to this whole thing though, is that Palin accuses Obama of not thinking that America is a "force for good in the world" but doesn’t realize what it takes to be a force for good in the world. I wonder if Sarah Palin has ever considered the possibility that America is not a force for good in the world. America, like any nation now, or throughout the history of the world, is constrained by its leadership. She can be no better or worse than those who lead her. In slandering Obama the way she did, and in being complicit in it, McCain and Palin show that if they were leading the nation then America would not be a force for good in the world. Consider the last eight years where similar"goodness" has been ruling the nation; where vengeance has been the overriding principle in foreign policy and has left us trapped in a war in two countries and perhaps cost the lives of as many as a million people; and where greed has run rampant in domestic policy, leading to perhaps more than a million Americans losing their homes, while the nation is forced to spend 700 billion dollars bailing out the wealthiest of Americans. At the same our "good" leaders would despise the poor and deny them of the most basic and humane of needs, health care because it would cost too much money.

In making their irresponsible, slanderous accusations John McCain and Sarah Palin prove they are of a similar ilk. They despise truth and resort to lies and innuendo to further their own agendas, to supplicate their own need for power. Perhaps these two, supposedly devout Christians, need to be reminded of the 9th commandment, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." But what concern do they have for goodness or rightness? They’ve shown they do not care at all! For all their prattling and politicking they are nothing more than liars! What is the possibility of a nation left in their hands being a force for good?

No, if we are to see America return to being a force for good in the world again we need to return it the hands of a good man. I don’t for a moment pretend that Obama is perfect, and there are in fact some ads which he’s run which are misleading, and even one (the Rush Limbaugh ad) which I consider a bit below the belt, yet considering what’s been dumped on him, he’s shown remarkable restraint. Throughout his campaign he has shown, in a word, himself to be a "good" man. If we want to see America restored to a force for good in the world, then we need to see a good man in the White House. So the ultimate irony of your statement, Sarah Palin, is this: you’ve made the best argument that can be made for electing Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States.



  1. Perfect & AMEN!

    i saw those ads & laughed! this coming from a woman who misquoted Madeleine Albright & then later claimed she was reading from her STARBUCKS cup of coffee.

    gosh darnit palin go back to alaska, i’ll help you pack!

    Comment by CK0712 — October 6, 2008 @ 4:02 am | Reply

  2. Ah yes! But at least now where she gets her news! Pretty heavy reading material there!

    Comment by kelly — October 6, 2008 @ 4:53 am | Reply

  3. LMAO kelly!!

    good one HA!

    she is such a train wreck, mscain is too. THIS is coming from a republican folks. I am fully counting on Obama to win & i’m voting against party lines to make sure that happens! all votes count!! i noticed he hasn’t said anything, he’s letter HER do all the talking. did you notice that as well? funny, how’s that working out for you john?

    Obama has not done one ounce of MUD slinging, excpet to state facts & not off the back of his coffee cup either!

    Comment by CK0712 — October 6, 2008 @ 6:56 am | Reply

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