Stating The Truth Is Not Negative
Posted by cann0nba11 on October 10, 2008
The Obama campaign is whining about McCain ads and claiming that they are running a negative campaign. I would like them to explain exactly what they see as negative. My main point: Facts are not negative. They are statements of truth. Opinions can be positive or negative. Facts are not negative; running factual ads about Obama’s record and relationships are not positive or negative. They are just facts.
For example: Obama was picked by Bill Ayers to serve as the leader of the board of directors over the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That’s a fact. Talking about it isn’t being negative. If you are a liberal activist and take pride in civil disobediance, you probably like that Obama and Ayers work together. If you happen to think that America is a good country and that blowing up buildings is bad, then you probably think that this relationship is a bad thing for a presidential candidate.
Another example: Assume that you remove all of Ayer’s militant behavior from the discussion. Pretend he didn’t blow up buildings or try to kill policemen and judges (along with their families). What was the goal of the CAC? It was founded by Ayers to shake up the educational system via radicalizing students through socilist teachings. These were the goals of the organization. I think that’s a bad thing, socialists probably think it’s great.
Let’s take this a step further. Despite writing two autobiographies, Obama never mentioned his five-year leadership position in either book. As a candidate one of his biggest perceived weaknesses is a lack of leadership experience. You’d think that he would want to defend himself and point out these five years in his adult life where he led an educationally-focused group trying to improve Chicago schools. Why isn’t he mentioning it at all? Is it the fact that a radical domestic terrorist led the group and picked Obama to serve as Chairman of the Board? Perhaps. But I think it is more than that. I think that Obama doesn’t talk about it because despite his five years of leadership and spending $100 million the group had no effect on the students that they tried to help. Five years, $100M, zero results. That’s not what I’m looking for in a president.
So the next time you hear a talking head or Obama supporter complaining that McCain’s campaign is dirty or negative, ask that person what it is that is negative. Facts are not positive or negative. They are the truth. Apparently Team Obama can’t handle the truth.