Guilt by association is one of the oldest dirty debating tricks in the book.
In a bid to overshadow the movingly positive Barack Obama infomercial, John McCain and Sarah Palin have accused Obama of palling with another ”radical professor”, who just happens to have an arab name. The intention is fairly obvious: to incite racial and religious fears while painting Obama as a shady character.
First of all, I personally do not condone any type of terrorism and I believe that Israel has an absolute right to security for itself and its citizens.
I think it is also important to remember that Barack Obama is not a hooded thug from the backstreets of Chicago. He went to Harvard Law School where he became a Juris Doctor. He taught law at the University of Chicago. He is a United States senator.
The thing that happens if you attend an important seat of learning is that you meet a lot of people of diverse cultural backgrounds and opinions. You do not have to agree with everyone that you know at univeristy. To the contrary, academics tend to disagree on most things, especially if they are in different fields. It is part of academic discourse to test different ideas against each other.
Personally, I would probably have excused myself from this professor’s farewell party. But Obama did not and that’s what impresses me about him; his ability to form relationships and relate to a diversity of people. I cannot think of any more useful skill for a President.
As always, there are a lot of rumours on the internet. The rumour is, and it seems confirmed, that John McCain actually has been responsible for giving Republican funding to the very same ”radical professor” to the tune of half a million dollars.
I do not understand why John McCain does not run a clean campaign at this stage. He must realise that his chances of winning are very slim. He must also realise that he is not a candidate of hope and future. His age, health and the stress of office could mean that he doesn’t make it to 2012. Why on earth would he want to use dirty tactics to put Sarah and Todd Palin in the White House? He has served his country excellently and he does not need the Presidency to prove himself.
In a time of global terrorism and a rewakening of Russian imperial ambition, it is more important than ever to have a steady pair of hands in the White House. Those steady hands belong to Barack Obama.
In the words of John McCain himself, Obama is ”a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared about as President of the United States.” He probably should repeat those words again.