The biggest threat to the American political system are the Republican, authoritarian smear gangs that use private money to wage PR smear attacks against Americans in politics. In the 2000 Presidential campaign, John McCain was attacked by these smear gangs when he threatened to beat George W. Bush in the primaries. In 2004, these same smear gangs took down John Kerry, accusing him of lying about his military service. After speaking out against the Bush White House’s lies on Iraq, Joe Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame were assaulted by these same GOP smear gangs. And there are many more instances where Republican gangs ride into our political system on the backs of millions in private money and silence dissent with fear and threats.
The more a candidate speaks out against the radical right, the more ferocious these smear gangs campaign against them.
The newest Republican smear gang has already set out to hunt down their next prey: Senator Barack Obama (IL). The basis of the gang attack? Repeat Obama's middle name "Hussein" as a tactic for convincing Americans that Barack Obama is a covert terrorist.
The New Face of Hate: Smearing A Democrat As a Terrorist
No matter what your view on Barack Obama as a presidential candidate (I am only beginning to look at the field of candidates for '08), Americans simply cannot allow these immoral Republican smear gangs to ride roughshod over our electoral system--threatening and intimidating as they go.
We must shed light on these gangs and drive them out of town in shame.
As of this moment, right now, I declare that Americans will not stand for anymore smear gangs in American politics.
In response to what I thought was just a vicious rumor, I was angered to discover that the smear gangs have already started a whisper campaign against Barack Obama. Consider, for example, the following post I found on e-thepeople.com--and I warn all Frameshop readers: this quoted post below is clearly the work of a Republican lynch gang running a strategy to ruin the political future and life of an American in public service: And so there we have it: A whisper campaign accusing Barak Obama of being a Muslim who converted to Christianity just to pretend he was an infidel, so he could get his hands on the U.S. nuclear codes and blow up America. Barack Obama, in other words--according to this Republican gang smear campaign--is a terrorist sleeper cell.
News that Republican smear gangs have started hunting down yet another candidate with false accusations of treason--should make every American angry enough to speak out.
The "Hidden Terrorist" Frame
When Republicans accuse a sitting Senator of being a covert terrorist, America is jerked back violently to the days of McCarthyism, and even further than that, some might see, to the days when lynching terrorized small towns in America--intimidating people from speaking out the public sphere.
Americans cannot allow our country to be overrun by this kind of immorality again. We simply cannot.
We must speak back. But how?
For starters, those of us with an interest in protecting our political system from smear gangs must be fearless in the face of this fear and hate. Intimidation is the tactic of these smear gangs. Our silence is their goal. Speaking back is the best way to stop them.
And the best way we can speak back is to frame their actions in no uncertain terms--to call them what they are:
-"Americans will not allow these Republican smear gangs to take over our political system anymore!"
- "These whisper campaigns accusing Democrats of being covert terrorists are the work of Republican gangs."
- "Swiftboated yesterday, accused of terrorism today--these smear gangs must be stopped!"
Those phrases can get us started by drawing attention to the immoral and organized groups behind these tactics.
We must stop them before they damage our political system even more than they already have.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
"GOP "Smear Gangs" Target Obama"