The Last Month of Dirt, aka What Will Stick?

By: Jet Peterson
Now that we have reached the last month of the campaign season, the mud-slinging is increased.  The old claims and the old relations are being dug up to create a guilt by association. Barack Obama has been in associations with the domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. John McCain has associations with Keating. Both are old relations with loose validity and both are being used to create an association to the candidate and the bad guy.  John McCain is being associated with financial corruption and the down fall of the financial system currently. Barack Obama is being associated with domestic terrorism and the dangers in the world. These are the last efforts to go to our deepest fears, and that the candidates are the demons that are ruining our fears.  The only thing that we can actually do is be rational and pick out what we really want out of a candidate, not what they’ve done in the past or who they have met with.  This is not a time for fear mongering but for deep discussion on who we want to lead the country for the next 4 years. The following are the videos each campaign has been slinging at each other with hopes that they will stick and scare us into voting the other way.  Its important to evaluate each of them, but not be stuck in the rhetoric 
The Obama campaign put out the following video describing the relation of John McCain with Charles Keating.
Here is CNN’s truth squad giving its fact checking on the video and the overall campaign opinion on it. It found that overall the Obama campaign was truthful in describing McCain’s involvement in the Keating scandal of the 1980’s.
It is fair to note that John McCain was involved only slightly, and was accquited of any illegal activity, and was only repramanded for his poor judgement on pushing that legislation that held back the regulations on the Savings and Loan group. 
Here is the video of the American Issues Committee defining Obama’s relationship with Ayers, and Ayers’ involvement in terrorism.
Here is CNN’s Truth squad giving its evaluation on Obama and his involvement with Ayers or the actions that Ayers took place in. They found that the claims were false.
Fox News presented another count of his involvement with Ayers in the Chicago School group.  It shows more clearly what happened with Obama and Ayers in that group, and how they are related. Here is that video on Fox with Stanley Kurtz.
Its fair to note that the relationship that Ayers and Obama has is mostly political due to the highly left politics in South Chicago.  Left politics in South Chicago is far left, and the machine is focused on Ayers and Wright. 
The last bit of bad past relationships that are being dragged up is the relationships of the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. Here is the Special Comment by Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. Keith brings up Sarah Palin’s association with the Alaskan Independence party, and a guest Minister at her Alaskan church known for leading a Witch Hunt in Kenya.
This kind of mud-slinging will only worsen politics for this last month before election day. When these sort of ideas are dug up just to deface the opponent it only hurts us as citizens that will live under this individual for four years. Making it so that we can’t trust out leaders doesn’t do anything to help us when they are elected. In crises trust is needed in our leaders not finger pointing and over developed allegations. So I am hoping that Americans will look past all of the dirt and elect the next president not on the dirt, but on actual beliefs that the person they picked is the person that is best for America.
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Filed under McCain, Media, Negative Campaigning, Obama, Palin, Vice-President

2 responses to “The Last Month of Dirt, aka What Will Stick?

  1. Tony Robinson

    Thanks for all these video links, Jet. I appreciate your effort to find videos from a variety of perspectives. I watched much of that video “history of radicalism in America” that Hannity aired on Fox News. The video does give the sense that South Chicago politics “focused” on the left-wing personality of Ayers and Wright, as you put it–but I think any more dispassionate analysis would show that Ayers is a bit player in Chicago, not a “focal point” of political life there.

    It’s interesting that historically negative campaigns are waged because they work. Bush devastating Dukakis with his negative Willie Horton ads, Kerry was Swiftboated, Goldwater was daisy girled, etc. Voters don’t like the ads, but they respond to them. This year, however, recent polls show that voters are actually turning off to the negative ads and that McCain has lost ground because of his negative attacks using terrorism claims, Ayers, ACORN, etc. Maybe this year will be the rare year when policy issues become more important that strange innuendos about who hates America more.

  2. Stephen Noriega

    I think the Keating 5, the Weathermen and Willie Horton should be put in a room and, we’ll just see what happens.

    But seriously, imagine a candidate that worked for ACORN, volunteered for PETA and once did a weeken sweat lodge where Russel Means showed up. None of these activities are illegal or even unethical. People think that ACORN is this nefarious shadow illuminati-esque organization attempting some kind of coup-de-registration. ACORN is an organization trying to get disenfranchised people to participate in our democracy. They obviously have flawed methods as some of their employees take advantage of their low-grade comission system by registering people who don’t exist (and thus will not vote).

    I went to the house of this liberal radical several times. I discovered that he had protested on behalf of the homeless and a police confrontation resulted. Sorry, Dr. Robinson, if I run for office, I can’t come to your house anymore!

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