At the beginning of the US Presidential campaign, I had a lot of respect for John McCain and I even thought that he might be a good President if he were to be elected. As the campaign has progressed, I’ve been closely watching the debates, interviews and campaign rallies by both the McCain campaign and the Obama campaign, and I find it unbelievable how many lies and distortions have been coming out of the McCain camp recently.
Last week the topic of discussion was the smear campaign with Obama being called a Muslim, being associated with “terrorists”, etc. This week it’s all about Obama being a “Socialist”. In Sarah Palin’s rally speeches, she talks about how Obama is going to “spread your hard earned money around”. Meanwhile, I can guarantee you that much more than 90% of the people she is speaking to make less than $250,000 and will actually receive a tax break under Obama’s tax plan. I don’t understand why people actually believe that Obama is going to raise taxes for hard-working families and give that money to people who don’t work.
News Anchor Barbara West quoted Karl Marx in an interview with Joe Biden and asked Biden “How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?” She also asked Biden “What do you say to the people who are concerned that Barack Obama will want to turn America into a Socialist country much like Sweden?”
I don’t even know where to start with these questions. A component of the philosophy of Marxism is to eliminate the classes so everybody is in an equal, single class. I can’t see how Obama’s plan to cut taxes on people making less than $250,000 a year has anything to do with Marxism. I also can’t understand why the reporter used Sweden as an example of a “Socialist country”. Sweden is definitely a capitalist country; maybe she referred to Sweden on the basis that Swedes receive free universal health care. Sweden is very similar to Canada in that sense, and it also enjoys a high ranking on the best countries in the world to live year-after-year.
John McCain and Sarah Palin have both talked exhaustively about “Joe the Plumber” and how Obama is going to take away Joe the Plumber’s wealth. I find it quite ironic that Joe Wurzelbacher (Joe the Plumber) only makes $40,000 a year and will actually benefit from Obama’s tax plan. It’s obvious that Wurzelbacher is milking his 15 minutes of fame for everything it’s worth since he recently announced that he is thinking about running for Congress in 2010 and even started the website joewurzelbacher2010.com
It was also very painful to watch Rudy Giuliani tell Wolfe Blitzer that he believes Sarah Palin is more qualified than Barack Obama. Wolfe Blitzer asked “So you’re totally comfortable with Sarah Palin potentially being a heartbeat away from being Commander-in-Chief?” Giuliani responded “I’m totally comfortable with her being a heartbeat away, and what I would suggest is; if I were talking to Powell and we were having like a, friend to friend discussion about this I’d say well, you know, you find deficiencies with the experience of the Vice President Candidate. The President candidate that you’re supporting has even less experience than she does.”
Whenever I listen to any accusation from either the Republicans or Democrats, I always check the authenticity of that accusation, and more often than not, the Republican accusations have been distorted truths and sometimes plain lies. Most of these accusations come from the Palin speeches. It looks like the Karl Roves of the world have Palin all wrapped up in the dirty world of the dirty-style Republican Politics.