Monday, June 23, 2008

Here we go

As predictable as the sun rising in the East

Barack Obama's campaign has announced it is "on guard" against any perceived racially tinged advertisements. This despite the utter lack of any such advertisements thus far. Call it a preemptive strike perhaps. What they call being "braced" for such ads, I call hoping they come out so they can use them to their advantage...

Obama adviser David Axelrod said the Democrat's campaign will be on high alert for code words or innuendo meant to play on voters' racial sentiments. "We're going to be aggressive about pushing back on anything that we feel is inappropriate or misleading," he said.

It's not enough for McCain to say he cannot control independent groups airing racially charged ads on his behalf, Axelrod said, noting that the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" was independent of President Bush's campaign.

"We've seen this movie before," he said. "And we're not going to be passive in the face of those kinds of tactics."

Racially charged criticism of Obama already has surfaced in several states.

Shortly before North Carolina's May 6 primary, the state Republican Party aired a TV ad linking Democratic candidates to Obama, who was described as "too extreme" because of his ties to the retired Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

I am not sure how Jeremiah Wright's comments are a "racially tinged" issue. He is a kook and a heretic no matter what his skin color, just like the other guy who's name escapes me that made similar comments and is a white "pastor". Plus the Swift Boat "attack ads" were just telling the truth about John Kerry's military service, service he made a campaign issue.

What Obama's people are doing is essentially taking any discussion of issues that might touch race (i.e. poverty, illegal immigration, affirmative action) off the table. So instead of seeking to heal and move beyond issue of race, we will be perpetually stuck in this racial rut, which makes sense if you are one of those who make a living off of perpetuating the racial divide in this country (i.e. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc.)

Barack Obama's America will be one where we can't speak honestly for fear of offense!

Now that is change we can be hopeful about!

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