15 January 2007 at 1:25:18 PM
I\'m interested in a lot of topics that transcend political lines. For example, both Democrats and Republicans (at least the people who live out here in rural areas) quite often care about their water wellls, the quality of the ground after waste gets injected into our earth, the rotten smell in the air as gas wells take over, etc. It\'s, simply speaking, a PEOPLE issue and, at least from what I can say, it\'s only trumped when people care more about making money than they do about protecting the environment.
So it always surprises me a little when, occasionally, I get an email that is divisive along political lines, and is usually debunked quickly. I got an email about Barack Obama that argued that Obama was hiding a past as a Muslim, with the subtext that Muslims are terrorists and therefore, don\'t vote for Obama. Now, I recall a month or two ago, that CNN showed Obama/\'s photo next to, first, Osama Bin Laden, and second, Saddam Hussein. I couldn\'t believe how racist that was, and it shortly thereafter that I quit watching CNN entirely because of all the opinionated racist or sexist messages included, sometimes not in what people said, but in the screen messages.
Now, I don\'t know who I will vote for, for president. I know it won\'t be a Republican because I won\'t volunteer to be screwed by corporatism. I know I despise Hillary Clinton. And I wish Russ Feingold was running. I don\'t know enough about Obama\'s record, which is my sole concern, to know if he merits my vote. But I do know a smear campaign that plays on people\'s racism and terrorism fears when I see it. I don\'t know whether Obama is Muslim or Christian and I don\'t care, because the blanket statement that implies that to be muslim is to be a terrorist is WRONG (just as to say that because there have been several white men in this country that have been terrorists is to equate all white men with being terrorists is WRONG or saying that because there are extremist Christians that ALL Christians are extremists).
I don\'t myself send out political emails to people where I don\'t know for sure what their political persuasion is, especially when our association is already based on an issue that is a populist issue... because it is divisive. And I think we need all the people we can muster FOR an issue sometimes, regardless of how they vote.
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