Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mudslinging Madness

This political race has definitely become one for the record books. The democratic party has slowly become the car wreck on an interstate, that no one can take their eyes off of. The key issues that should be addressed are not because of the utter foolishness, carried on by certain nominees, and their subordinates. Then there's the comments made by close associates which is dividing the country with their sexual,religious, and racial overtones. And the way the media feeds upon this ignorance is absolutely shameful on a new level. Even prominent media providers are reporting stories that resemble tabloid press. An example of this, is the analogy of Sen. Clinton's promotional advertisement known as the, "3 a.m. in the morning commercial" An esteemed professor of Harvard University has been reported to have said:

"when I saw the Clinton ads central image...innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal brought to mind scenes from the past. I couldn't help but think of D.W. Griffith's Birth of A Nation." -Prof. Orlando Patterson-

For those that are unaware of this movie, it was released in 1915, and credited as a reviver of the Klu Klux Klan. I've seen this ludicrous movie, and when I first heard the professor's statement, I couldn't help but laugh. But there are many that do not share my sense of humor, finding this commercial disturbing, and agree with Professor Patterson completely. When I first saw this commercial, I thought what many have said, "Why is Hillary Clinton in a Brinks commercial?"But to go as far as to say it resembles,"Birth of A Nation" I can not. I feel as if it is a crude form of scare tactics, that plays upon what we find most dear...the love of our children. And it also has a perception of the feminine need for protection, provided by a strong dominant figure. Because if you notice there are no men in this commercial only Hillary, to save the day, or night as it was portrayed. She might as well been wearing a cape. But I guess her attire was appropriate, because we all know that everyone woman wears a business suit to bed, at 3 a.m. in the morning.

Professor Patterson has been on many shows, and quoted in many papers, voicing this disturbing belief. This form of journalism reminds me of children instigating a fight on an elementary schoolyard.

Then there are the troubling statements made by Geraldine Ferraro, former vice presidential candidate, and now... ex-campaign fundraiser for Sen. Clinton. The statements made by her may have been blown out of proportion, none the less, should never have been said in any context. Then there's the statements just recently revealed, originating from Rev. Wright, friend and mentor of Sen. Obama, that are just appalling. Some being taped from sermons given 8 years ago, are filled with a message of hate and ignorance. These sermons sound more like the rants of a racial supremacist, than a ordained minister.

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it extremely convenient for Sen Clinton, that this tape of hateful statements made by Rev. Wright would appear now, on the heels of what Ms. Ferraro said about Sen. Obama. I see this political race for what it is, a political chess match, and we are the pawns. The statements made by these individuals are causing damage to each nominee in the form of, "guilt by association", which may have repercussions lasting well after the nominee and presidential race.

It's time for the "Mudslinging Madness" to end, so that a true assessment of quality and character can begin.

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