Friday, November 03, 2006

Congressman Sweeney's Ad Lies

So, released an analysis of the latest ad in Republican Congressman Sweeney's arsenal in his re-election run against challenger Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand here in upstate New York. It's been an especially nasty race since September, and it just got nastier. analyzes an ad that attacks Gillibrand for being a war profiteer, taking illegal campaign contributions, harassing a fallen soldier's mother, and (my favorite) making little kids cry (I'm not kidding).

Factcheck exposes the claims for what they are - lies.

It's disgraceful and Sweeney should be held accountable for such lousy antics.

Good ol' Aristotle argued that effective persuasion was possible when the person attempting to persuade had upstanding moral character and genuinely had the interests of those he was trying to persuade at heart. Where did that go in this country? The authors of the new book, The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power, reveal that Rove has targeted Christian conservatives for both legislation and mobilization tactics to strengthen the dominance of the Republican party. Rove himself, though, has no particular affinity with God, and does not necessarily hold the values of the Christian conservatives he is targeting. He has encouraged such overtures solely for strategy - to help benefit the Republican party.

Where are the people who genuinely believe the values they preach? Where are the people with values, period?

1 comment:

TRH said...

'Where are the people with values?'

They are rarely where we look for them or expect them to be.

To wit:

"Some active-duty troops voice their dissent from U.S. policy in Iraq

By Drew Brown

McClatchy Newspapers


WASHINGTON - Liam Madden opposed the war in Iraq even before he deployed with his Marine unit in late 2004. But he came home convinced more than ever that the war was wrong.

"The more informed I got, the more I opposed the war," said Madden, 22, a Marine Corps sergeant in Quantico, Va. "The more people who died there, the longer we stayed there, the more I opposed the war. The more I know, the easier it is to support withdrawal."

Madden is one of about 118 members of the U.S. military who plan to petition Congress asking that U.S. forces be withdrawn from Iraq and brought home, said attorney J.E. McNeil. McNeil is advising the grassroots group of active-duty service members, who organized the petition drive through a Web site (

In a rare display of public dissent, Madden and another serviceman plan to go public Wednesday with their disapproval. Members of the military are more limited than civilians are in how they can express dissent.

Although a number of troops, including at least one officer, have been brought up on charges for refusing to serve in Iraq, and dozens more have deserted, this is the first time that serving members of the U.S. military have publicly petitioned Congress to end the war. The action comes less than two weeks before the Nov. 7 elections, in which the Iraq war is a major issue....".