Thursday, September 11, 2008


Today the Obama and McCain campaigns are exercising a pre-arranged cease-fire in honor of memorializing the victims of 9/11. But that did not stop John McCain’s camp from getting off a couple of good below-the-belt salvos yesterday in preparation for this day of feigned-decency on their part.

First they fabricated a supposed incident where they purported that Barack Obama called Sarah Palin a pig. Obama, clearly describing McCain’s economic policy used the old saw that you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig. The same old saw repeated in the past by Cheney and McCain and there is video to back it up on YouTube. For some reason, when they heard this phrase, the Republicans immediately thought of Palin and accused Obama of sexism.

Now, either the republican party is twisting things to level a charge of sexism against a father of two daughters who campaigns for equal pay for women or they really think that Sarah Palin is a pig with lipstick on. Surely the McCain campaign would never be so cynical or arrogant to believe that they could convince the public that the party that voted AGAINST equal pay for women is the victim of sexism by the man that is trying to make equal pay the law. That would be an insult to the intelligence of the American people and specifically women. No, obviously when they think of pigs with lipstick, they picture Sarah Palin. I think republicans owe Sarah Palin an apology. (How embarrassing!)

Aside from this embarrassing blunder by the McCain campaign and the republican party, McCain/Palin also unleashed a smear campaign containing racist and sexist undertones of their own. They claim that Barack Obama wrote legislation in Illinois designed to teach kindergarteners all about sex before they even learn how to read.” [They would like to conjure the image of the black man lurking about waiting to have sex with your daughters]

But, wait; is this true?!

No, it isn’t. The truth is that Barack Obama voted, but did not sponsor, legislation that would have provided funds to develop “age-appropriate” sex education curriculum for children, including the kind of stranger-danger/good touch-bad touch-type programs that would be appropriate for children of kindergarten age. A McCain campaign ad calls it "legislation to teach comprehensive sex education to kindergartners."

Good touch/bad touch is comprehensive sex education? No offense, but could this be why so many teenaged girls from republican households end up pregnant??? I mean, really, who’s out of touch? Or are republicans just being purposefully obtuse?

The details of this two-pronged attack are laid out in this Washington Post article: “McCain Camp Hits Obama On More Than One Front,” writing “The McCain campaign, meanwhile, sought to portray itself as the victim of unfair smears and sexist attacks against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin even as it pursued its own assaults on Obama. The rhetoric was echoed yesterday on conservative talk radio, the Internet and in the House, where Republican women decried Obama's alleged sexism. “

According to the article, “On a campaign conference call last night, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)… denounce(d) what (she) call(ed) a pattern of sexism.”

What a bunch of hypocrites!

Where does the republican party stand on the issues that matter to women?

Are your kids getting a decent education or have the republicans slashed education spending?

Are your kids getting the proper healthcare or have republican policies fueled record profits for the pharmaceutical and health care industries to the point where you can’t even afford to go to the doctor?

Do you have the choice to stay home and raise your kids for those first few critical years (at least) or have republican policies helped corporations cut wages, jobs and benefits for workers while exploding inflation raised the price on food, clothing, shelter and energy, forcing nearly every family to require two incomes?

Are you making the same amount of money as a man would in your position or did the republican party refuse to enact laws that would force your employer to pay an equal wage?

Do you have a right to make healthcare choices for yourself and your family without government interference or is it getting harder and harder to simply get affordable birth control because the republican party has been hijacked by extremists who think they know what is best for you?

On women’s issues, the republican party FAILS every test on where they stand on these issues. They are historically sexist and regressive. They employed every possible sexist and personal attack against Hillary Clinton due to their irrational hatred of strong, independent, educated women and now they want to cry sexism about manufactured issues they are relating to Sarah Palin?

McCain/Palin stand for the Woman-Hater’s Club and have vowed to continue their woman-hating policies, but now they want to cry “sexism.” And they expect that the American public will eat it up?

Don’t count on it. In the red state where I live, even with the media trying to sensationalize the whole issue and despite the slanted coverage the non-story received, all of the polls that I checked showed that folks were overwhelmingly NOT falling for this insulting garbage.

Kansans and Missourians are telling the republican party, “NO THANKS,” on this manufactured smear tactic, and they’re not just saying it to be popular. (Sorry, Sarah!)

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