So, Factcheck.org 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.
Factcheck.org 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?