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About: obama is stoking racial antagonism - wsj.com

In Spanish language ads Obama's campaign lies with out of context quotes.
A quote from Alinsky on ethics (Rules for Radicals - chapter 2 - on means & ends) for some light on what O's campaign must be inspired by here:
"The eighth rule of the ethics of means and ends is that the morality of a means depends upon whether the means is being employed at a time of imminent defeat or imminent victory." or is it "The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means." - I suspect the latter. Perhaps this also applies in this instance - "The tenth rule of ethics of means and ends is that you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral arguments". I suspect the tenth rule will be applied when O's camp issues their spin on the ads (if any).

Tags

  1. ethics
  2. obama
  3. spanish ads
  4. politics
  5. about spin
  6. negative ads
  7. rush limbaugh
  8. frank raines

Comments


Mark de LA says
More perspective from Ruben Navarrette a CNN commentator here.

Seth says
You would have projected this item more accurately if you would have indicated in the title that the article was by Rush Limbaugh defending himself.   The ad makes visual associations between Rush and McCain which cannot be justified.   I am ashamed that Obama ran the ad. 

Here is another ad, this time by the McCain camp, which repeats the lie that Obama is advised on Mortgage matters by former Fannie Mae Chairman Frank Raines, a black man.  Now why did they use Raines when they could have made a better case against Jim Johnson, the former Fannie Mae chairman who had to resign as head of Obama's vice presidential search team.  Obviously it was because of the sinsiter visual association.  The ad will have a visceral racial impact to some white people.  McCain should be ashamed of running it. 

Mark de LA says
seth 2008-09-19 09:52:53 10506
source: M above
If you haven't heard the whole segment you are just practicing spin closest to the end of the spectrum of overt lies.
Well why not publish the entire audio segment so that we can determine? 

Presumably Rush on the Monday program will have a Spanish translator on as well & present his side of the argument.  Listen-up or shut-up.  I don't have the permission to republish his programs.

Mark de LA says
seth 2008-09-19 09:39:16 10506
Rush Limbaugh whines about being quoted out of context.  We should read into the record the context and you, or the immigrants, can decide whether this right wing republican has his own racial antagonism problems:
source: motherjones.com

"If you are unskilled and uneducated, your job is going south. Skilled workers, educated people are going to do fine 'cause those are the kinds of jobs Nafta is going to create. If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people, I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do -- let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work."

"And another thing: You don't have the right to protest. You're allowed no demonstrations, no foreign flag waving, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. You're a foreigner: shut your mouth or get out! And if you come here illegally, you're going to jail."

... there ... any better?   What Obama should have done was to take McCain totally out of the ad and target it against right-wing republicans, like Rush.  Then he could have said the same thing and have been honest.  The immigrants are smart enough to know that McCain is a right-wing republican.  It's that last little unjustified twist of the knife that gets you in these vicious rwg games.

You asshole! You did exactly what Obama did in the ad. If you haven't heard the whole segment you are just practicing spin closest to the end of the spectrum of overt lies.

Mark de LA says
seth 2008-09-19 08:46:49 10506 -- snip -I will not republish your Rush mania here in my comments -snip-
Here is another ad, this time by the McCain camp, which repeats the lie that Obama is advised on Mortgage matters by former Fannie Mae Chairman Frank Raines, a black man.  Now why did they use Raines when they could have made a better case against Jim Johnson, the former Fannie Mae chairman who had to resign as head of Obama's vice presidential search team.  Obviously it was because of the sinsiter visual association.  The ad will have a visceral racial impact to some white people.  McCain should be ashamed of running it. 
Nothing in the ad from McCain used the racist designation black that you and your rebuttal cronies insinuated. What's the McCain camp supposed to do photoshop Obama & his associates into another color?  There is some connection between Raines & Obama. Here is more info. It would be nice to clear that up.
source: ...

A review of Federal Election Commission records back to 1989 reveals Obama in his three complete years in the Senate is the second largest recipient of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae campaign contributions, behind only Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., the powerful chairman of the Senate banking committee. Dodd was first elected to the Senate in 1980.



Mark de LA says
seth 2008-09-19 10:03:00 10506
M 2008-09-19 09:56:26 10506
seth 2008-09-19 09:52:53 10506
source: M above
If you haven't heard the whole segment you are just practicing spin closest to the end of the spectrum of overt lies.
Well why not publish the entire audio segment so that we can determine? 

Presumably Rush on the Monday program will have a Spanish translator on as well & present his side of the argument.  Listen-up or shut-up.  I don't have the permission to republish his programs.
Wow you sound angry.  I understand why: if my favorite commentator was exposed as being a racists, i might get angry and defensive too.
The left likes to call racism at every opportunity (justified or not). If they actually argued on the merits of their positions they would loose & loose big every time they ran.  They are phony & can't be exactly what they are. They have to gin up hate & discontent to get anywhere at all. Enjoy your RWG - possibly a new couplet coming soon.

Seth says
M 2008-09-19 13:43:19 10506
seth 2008-09-19 12:14:09 10506
In the interest in facts rather than bloviations, here is a pointer to a reddit dialogue and and  original story that McCain based his attack on.  Perhaps someday Raines will give a public interview and tell us, convincenly, what the allegid phone calls were about.  [expected usual rwg deleted]
Why use a bad reddit when you could have gone to the original story.
Because i pointed to potential dialogue about the issue and the the score of what people think about it ... all with one hyperlink.

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