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patriot45
10-14-2008, 01:00 PM
Thomas Sowell always gets his point accross rationally.

Read the rest here (http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2008/10/14/negative_advertising?page=full&comments=true)


One of the oldest phenomena of American elections-- criticism of one's opponent-- has in recent times been stigmatized by much of the media as "negative advertising."

Is this because the criticism has gotten more vicious or more personal? You might think so, if you were totally ignorant of history, as so many of the graduates of even our elite universities are.

Although Grover Cleveland was elected President twice, he had to overcome a major scandal that he had fathered a child out of wedlock, which was considered more of a disgrace then than today. Even giants like Lincoln and Jefferson were called names that neither McCain nor Obama has been called.

Why then is "negative advertising" such a big deal these days? The dirty little secret is this: Liberal candidates have needed to escape their past and pretend that they are not liberals, because so many voters have had it with liberals.

In 1988, Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts called himself a "technocrat," a pragmatic solver of problems, despite a classic liberal track record of big spending, big taxes, and policies that were anti-business and pro-criminal.

When the truth about what he actually did as governor was brought out during the Presidential election campaign, the media were duly shocked-- not by Dukakis' record, but by the Republicans' exposing his record.

John Kerry, with a very similar ultra-liberal record, topped off by inflammatory and unsubstantiated attacks on American military men in Vietnam, disdained the whole process of labeling as something unworthy. And the mainstream media closed ranks around him as well, deploring those who labeled Kerry a liberal.

Barack Obama is much smoother. Instead of issuing explicit denials, he gives speeches that sound so moderate, so nuanced and so lofty that even some conservative Republicans go for them. How could anyone believe that such a man is the very opposite of what he claims to be-- unless they check out the record of what he has actually done?

In words, Obama is a uniter instead of a divider. In deeds, he has spent years promoting polarization. That is what a "community organizer" does, creating a sense of grievance, envy and resentment, in order to mobilize political action to get more of the taxpayers' money or to force banks to lend to people they don't consider good risks, as the community organizing group ACORN did.

After Barack Obama moved beyond the role of a community organizer, he promoted the same polarization in his other roles.

That is what he did when he spent the money of the Woods Fund bankrolling programs to spread the politics of grievance and resentment into the schools. That is what he did when he spent the taxpayers' money bankrolling the grievance and resentment ideology of Michael Pfleger.

BadCat
10-14-2008, 07:48 PM
The "you are a racist if you don't support Hussien" meme we are seeing a lot of lately, is proof of this.

Emeraldsun
10-14-2008, 08:37 PM
The "you are a racist if you don't support Hussien" meme we are seeing a lot of lately, is proof of this.

Good Point!

It also worries me too! IF Barack Husein is NOT elected, then, does that mean that the majority of the nation is racist??

You have people who have voted republican for years and years and years

You have people who have voted democrap for years and years and years

Then........

You have folks that are independant and/or undecided till the last minute.

So question, if these republicans (who have voted republican since age 18) remain republican for THIS election, and you have some conservative democrats that simply like McCain, along with undecided folks that eventually lean to McCain, and Senator McCain wins, are we then perceived as a racist nation???

BadCat
10-14-2008, 10:27 PM
We are already being perceived that way, by the left and their news media. It will be the major "excuse" if Hussien is not elected.

patriot45
10-14-2008, 11:37 PM
I guess I'm lucky that I am living in Plant City. I haven't seen 1 obama sign and except for 1 moonbat friend I haven't heard from any obama supporters. I have no bounceys.
I just came back from Texas hold -em nite at the ELKS club, wanna guess how they all feel!!:D

Eyelids
10-15-2008, 01:12 AM
We are already being perceived that way, by the left and their news media. It will be the major "excuse" if Hussien is not elected.

But isn't latent racism your ace-in-the-hole in reaction to the overwhelmingly postive polling numbers for Obama? Wouldn't the realization of a supposed "Bradley Effect" prove that America is a still a racist country?

Aaron Burr
10-15-2008, 02:34 AM
Maybe, but it would mean we've got a handle on our collective misogyny. Which is something the left can't seem to be able to do.

Besides, if we elect Hussein, we would be even more racist than before because we'd only be voting for him because he's black. That kind of thinking would make us worse than Hitler. No, no, if we want to move ahead as a nation we can't give into out latent racism and vote for the guy out of pity.

Personally, I think it's more important to keep pulling the wool over the eyes of our ladies, and vote for Palin. That way, we're more sensitive.

megimoo
10-15-2008, 11:24 AM
But isn't latent racism your ace-in-the-hole in reaction to the overwhelmingly postive polling numbers for Obama? Wouldn't the realization of a supposed "Bradley Effect" prove that America is a still a racist country?
If you and yours don't get exactly what you want it's always someone Else's fault.Either we're racist,stupid whites,evil capitalists,dumb clods or what ever is in vogue with you slum kids these days.Could it be that America by enlarge is able to follow and discard your bullShit and reject you ? You keep crying 'Brady Effect is dead' !Could it be that you're sweating,just a bit,in fear of it happening as I know it will .

Emeraldsun
10-15-2008, 12:38 PM
The Dems lost in 2000, 2004, that was that. However, if they loose in 2008, its racism. (SIGHS!!!!!!!)

LogansPapa
10-15-2008, 01:30 PM
I guess I'm lucky that I am living in Plant City.

Yep - you are.

http://www.agilitynut.com/05/1/4twist.jpg

Constitutionally Speaking
10-15-2008, 03:40 PM
But isn't latent racism your ace-in-the-hole in reaction to the overwhelmingly postive polling numbers for Obama? Wouldn't the realization of a supposed "Bradley Effect" prove that America is a still a racist country?


If it is, it will be DEMOCRATS who exhibit this behavior. Republicans were already going to vote (R) anyway.

Eyelids
10-15-2008, 05:44 PM
If it is, it will be DEMOCRATS who exhibit this behavior. Republicans were already going to vote (R) anyway.

Aren't we all Americans?

patriot45
10-15-2008, 07:04 PM
Yep - you are.

http://www.agilitynut.com/05/1/4twist.jpg

Hey, nice pic!
Right behind that is a Roadrunner lube joint, when I get my oil changed I get a couple of hotdogs with the works there!

Constitutionally Speaking
10-15-2008, 08:52 PM
Aren't we all Americans?


Some of us actually act like it. Some of us actually love this country. Some of you don't.

PoliCon
10-15-2008, 08:53 PM
Aren't we all Americans?On our side - yes. But then we don't try to get illegals to vote.