Reality check time. While it is not as exciting, I can not believe a Senator who spent two years running for President has not been thoroughly scrutinized. In real life, not the conspiracy-theory world, there are tons of people (Left, Right, and Center) who want to get the big scoop on a candidate. Some who come to mind are the Republican campaign, the incumbent administration, and Hillary Clinton, who would all have a dog in this fight, in addition to the media. The fact that someone can write an email listing all these items shows his background has been examined.
I think the answers just are not as negative as some would like them to be.
Like I mentioned before, the sheer amount and fantastic nature of accusations lobbed during this campaign has made me lose a lot of respect for John McCain and the Republican party. It went beyond, as Carl Rove charitably said, “the 100% truth test” and as I say, “decency.” The old-school McCain/Republican ideals – integrity, uphold the Constitution, balance budgets, service-to-country, limited overseas nation-building, do-the-right-thing values, etc. – could have carried a lot of weight this year.
Sure, the Democratic candidate is an African-American guy with a foreign-sounding name who is pretty liberal. Most people, other than some in the Republican base, do not care. The public wanted a discussion of the serious issues we currently face. To instead seize on the superficial “other”-ness of his face and name and make Mr. Obama out as a secret-Muslim-terrorist-baby-killer-communist while offering us little more than a lightweight “reformer” who did not really do what she says she did (and did things she said she did not) as a running mate, and a plumber/hero with a make-believe story, is to insult the intelligence of the nation. The majority of the voting public did not take the bait.
Now what do we do? During the campaign, all of these accusations were broadcast with some thought as to their offensive value and with little thought as to their authenticity or long-term effects. Now we have a new President who a percentage of the citizens believe is a Manchurian Candidate, a secret Muslim anti-American baby-killing Israel-destroying Marxist terrorist, because that is what they were told by people they trust. Some folks are genuinely scared for the safety of their family. Some want to do Mr. Obama great physical harm – that’s what we do to killers and traitors in this country.
Let me stress – He is none of these things. These are made-up accusations, used to try to win an election.
We can hold on to this politically-manufactured hate and watch it sabotage us from within, or we can move on from this campaign. We have already seen how damaging seven years of fostering the hate of “the other,” an external enemy, can be to our country. We don’t need to internalize such damaging energy.
I am so proud our country voted “No” on this referendum on hate. We can do better than this. “Yes, we can!”