Friday, February 8, 2008

Is Clinton Campaign Capitalizing On False Rumors About Obama's Religion? Just Hold Your Horses...

The other day I was talking politics with a union ironworker friend of mine. I have to say that my friend's politics have matured considerably since I first met him. By that I mean, he is no longer solely concerned with a candidate's views on the welfare state or Second Amendment rights, but has grown to appreciate that maybe it is in the best interest of working class people to vote for candidates who will support their economic interests.

However, my friend apparently still communicates with a social circle that spreads via emails the nasty little whisper campaign of falsehoods for the far right through working people who don't have the time or inclination to check out the lies they are disseminating.

Specifically, my friend was under the misinformation that Barack Obama was a Muslim, (not that there is anything wrong with that), but which is absolutely, 100% untrue. When I asked my friend what he was basing this falsehood on, he replied that he had received an email from someone showing a picture of Obama allegedly not placing his hand over his heart and refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance! Well, there you have it! Prima facie proof Obama is a Muslim! Well, what a bunch of bullsh#t!

Normally, I would just point out the inaccuracies of such crap and move on, but yesterday I was surfing the net and reading a news article on that horrible shooting in the City Council Chambers in Missouri when I noticed an ad for the Hillary Clinton Campaign showing a picture of her with her hand over her heart. See Hillary Clinton Campaign ad on right side of post.
Now, I am not one to believe in conspiracy theories, at least not those that are absurd or based on absolutely no evidence (i.e. Al Qaeda was behind 911 and brought down the twin towers and Oswald did act alone, etc.) but aren't the Clinton people, (whose candidacy I am personally leaning to with my support) just too savvy for this to be merely a coincidence? Or, is the message that the photo of Hillary with her hand over her heart really just conveying the universal symbol of earnestness?

A closer examination of the photo reveals what appears to be a wedding ring on Sen. Clinton's finger. This would logically make it her left hand on her chest, therefore I am inclined to believe the latter explanation and will give the Clinton Campaign the benefit of the doubt here.

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