Commenting on Obama’s speech on race, someone said: “he spoke to us as adults.” That’s a profound observation and in 6 words sums up the difference between the Obama campaign and the McCain campaign.
I am continually thankful for some of my high school education back in rural Alabama in the late 60’s. They took pains to teach us how to recognize propaganda and fallacy. When I asked my English teacher if I could write some propaganda for a class project, she said no. She said that there was no value in learning how to write that way because it was wrong. Since that time, I’ve looked at “spin” and innuendo, and guilt by association, and poisoning the well, and “get on the band wagon” in terms of right and wrong. I am also insulted when someone directs these things at me, because I am smarter than that.
Heaven knows that the McCain campaign is not so bad as some of the stuff on some conservative blogs, but it is still bad. Every time McCain brings out Bill Ayers, or lies about Obama’s tax plan, he is saying “I don’t trust you with the truth”. He is saying “my winning is more important than my integrity”. He is saying “you’re too stupid to realize what I’m doing”. It is condescending and it is insulting. Obama has been candid, forthright, and he spoke to us as adults.