Thursday, January 10, 2008

You know how you know election season has begun?

You get your first astonishingly, breathtakingly stupid personal attack chain letter regarding your favorite candidate. Yesterday, I got one that's apparently spread like manure as of late about Barack Obama:

Who is Barack Obama? Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHEIST from Wichita, Kansas.

[Snipped a bunch of speculation about his education]

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy.

The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the President of the United States, one of their own!!!!

Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this man leading our country?...... NOT ME!!!

And lest you disbelieve a word of it...

We checked this out on "snopes.com". It is factual. Check for yourself.

I did. On snopes.com. It isn't. Oops.

Now, I can understand why more conservative elements of this nation's electorate dislike Barack Obama as a presidential candidate. It's fair that some think he lacks the experience, gravitas or ideas to lead this nation into greener pastures. I can even somewhat tolerate the fact that many people aren't ready to vote a black man into the Oval Office. And I tend the let the nail-bitingly ignorant rant about his middle name slide by because it isn't worth debating.

But there is just no excuse to assert that something is correct when two seconds of research will prove the complete polar opposite of your stated point. If you're going to try this incredibly weak defense, at least don't specifically cite the site that tells you you're full of crap. Even O.J. Simpson wouldn't refer you to the LAPD - he'll tell you himself if he did it.

If you're trying to bring people around to the threat to these awesome times that is Barack Obama, then you're better off talking about him as a leader, or questioning his stand on the issues. You only hurt your cause by race- and religion-baiting and equating an American with terrorism on account of his name and ignorant assumptions as to what his father believed.

On the other hand, I guess that's a good way to stoke the fires of hatred and fear - the only language people like this understand.

I can only hope this message serves as a testament to how disgusting humanity can be, and that everyone unfortunate enough to receive this garbage loses some respect for the person who sends it. Sadly, I've lost respect for a few already.

Yes, I am an unabashed Barack Obama fan. I support him for president and am encouraged by his consistently strong showing in the primaries so far. But just like everyone else, he isn't perfect. I know that. And I respect anyone who doesn't endorse his candidacy, as long as they have educated reasons for doing so. But if blind bigotry is what drives you against Barack or anyone else, or otherwise drives your beliefs, then you deserve ridicule. And the more you send tripe like the anti-Obama screed, the more you'll get it.

3 comments:

Nathan said...

I got that MONTHS ago. Immediately replied to explain just how wrong it was. Did much like you, and told them to actually READ the snopes.com article. As well as other articles detailing Obama's upbringing, his religion, and education.

I've seen several of these letters recently that end with "and it's on snopes.com, and it's true.," but actually are not true.

Hathor said...

I saw one this past Friday. I told the person that received it the facts and I checked out snopes.com and told them to go to the site. This person was ready to believe the letter, because it came from a real person, whom they knew. The original addresses had not been forwarded. I think there are many people like this, and will take at face value from what they think is a trusted source. I hope they had known me long enough to trust what I said.

Speechie said...

We, as an American people, should be MUCH more concerned with the fact that the Prophet of the LDS church has issued a statement to all members of the LDS church instructing them to "vote for the LDS candidate." And they will do what they're told. Just like Mitt Romney will do "what he's told by the Prophet" if he is elected to the presidency. And people are worried about Obama possibly being a muslim? No Muslim would willing put themselves through 20 years of Christian worship to "look the part." Besides, I don't typically show reverance for the flag, I don't say the pledge of allegiance and I'm not Christian. Does that make me a terrorist too? Well, I guess we have to stick together then. He's got my vote.