I mentioned the other day that my comment count was getting close to 2500, and we didn't break that over the weekend, so let's talk about something interesting and see if we can get there.
Let's talk politics and guilt by association.
This weekend brought disturbing charges from Sarah Palin about Barack Obama. I am right up front with my support for Obama; just look at my sidebar. Take me with a grain of salt, if you will.
But think about this:
"Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so
imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists
who would target their own country," Palin told a group of donors in
Englewood, Colo. A deliberate attempt to smear Obama, McCain's
ticket-mate echoed the line at three separate events Saturday.
Okay. When people hear the word "terrorists," deliberately used in the plural, do they think of this guy?
Bill Ayers, late of the Weather Underground, college professor, no doubt depressed Cubs fan: he lives in Obama's neighborhood; they served on a board together; in the mid-90s he held a "meet the candidate" event for Obama at his house when Obama ran for State Senate.
I must admit that my double major in History left me knowing more about the French Revolution than the 1960s. Like Obama, I was born in 1961 and was 8 when Weatherman Bill Ayers took action. Just to be clear, I'm not in favor of violent protests of any kind.
(Okay, I might have been on board with Bonhoeffer's hope to assasinate Hitler. But otherwise, I'm in favor of peaceful means.)
This morning I saw these remarks of Palin's being played on CNN with NO COMMENT even though their own "Truth Squad" declared the charges to be FALSE:
Stories, when repeated, tend to become "true" in people's minds. There are many, many people who still believe Obama is not a Christian. Um, excuse me. He is in my denomination!!
Let me tell you a story. Yesterday Light Princess and I took the dogs to Posh Neighboring Town Nature Preserve, our favorite Sunday afternoon walk. On the way there we passed a couple walking in the road, despite the fact that there is a bike and walking path to use. How obnoxious, I thought, as I swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid them. And then, I recognized her.
The woman in the street and I had served on a non-profit board together. She hosted a number of events for the board at her posh (naturally) waterfront home. I attended these events, as well as many board meetings, and spent a fair amount of time in her presence. Certainly if we saw each other in public, I would speak to her. We both belong to UCC churches, though her politics are nowhere near mine, nor is her theology.
A few years ago she made a choice to take an illegal U-turn on the highway near Posh Neighboring Town at twilight on a late autumn afternoon, after realizing she had gotten on the highway in the wrong direction. She drove on to ..her destination, while behind her in the northbound lane cars rammed into each other after trying not to hit her. Thank God, no one was killed, but a number of people were injured, including hospitalization, and cars were totaled.
If you looked at my biography and hers, you would find several points of contact, but if you wanted to make a case that we were pals, where would you look? I'm serious. When I was on that board, she sent me Christmas cards. One year she included the CD she was in a hurry to get to the studio and finish recording on the day of the car accident. We are not pals. We are not like-minded, with the exception of our support for one ecumenical, non-profit organization. I denounce her driving record, and I am not kidding about that.
Now, readers, is there someone in your circle of acquaintances with whom you would not choose to associate yourself who someone else might try to describe as your "pal?"
This ought to get the comments going…