Skip this post if you hate politics!
This is why I asked for proof of the Rove connection to the whisper campaign about John McCain's "illegitimate black child".
I read this statement over at Bissette's: "Rove’s appalling “Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain…if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?” slurs cost McCain that year’s candidacy." I've heard this before, but never really read the whole story, so I clicked the link. An article at "The Nation" says "Rove invented a uniquely injurious fiction for his operatives to circulate via a phony poll." That doesn't prove anything, so I go googling for the background, the proof behind this accusation.
I can't find it. I ask the intelligentsia at MyRant and the klassless klowns at jabberous to help me out. Nobody can. So far. It has been a week.
Hear me now and believe me later! I was genuinely curious. I really had no idea if proof would show up. I still think it could. I don't think it will because I don't think Rove was behind the "black child" crap, but I think it is at least possible.
But so far all I got was "Good luck! They cover their tracks!" and "Rove must be ousted! Period!"
I just find it ironic that unproven gossip is used to attack someone for spreading vicious rumors. It's no big important scandal. Contrary to what the small dust-up in the comments section here at jabberous may lead one to believe, it is not The Most Important Issue Facing Me Today.
I do find it very troubling that so much erroneous information gets passed around as "fact". It's subtle. There's not a big announcement that THE FOLLOWING IS A FACT. Things are just stated as if they are facts and become part of the public "knowledge". Some of these "facts" can be proved. Some cannot be proved. Some can be proven to be wrong, and not a fact at all.
Some are harmless. I think the Rove "fact" is relatively harmless, but not entirely harmless. I think the proveable fact that a whisper campaign about a black child occurred proves that there are still ignorant redneck racists among us. And I think it is a good thing to know that, to face reality and fight that sort of thing. But to attach Rove and Bush and an entire political party to it sends a signal that the problem of racism is much larger than it actually is.
Some anonymous goober fanning the flames of racism is bad. But I am more upset by a presidential candidate twisting Rush Limbaugh's words around and telling Hispanics that he and his army of brainwashed ditto-heads hate them. Or telling audiences in general that "they" are going to try to scare you and say I don't look like the other presidents on dollar bills.
The Rovian "fact" thing is small potatoes. It's nothing compared to the "fact" that Bush stole the election, drilling won't solve anything, Republicans caused the financial crisis, on and on and on.
As for all of the other issues that popped up during the last week and have strings attached to this...
This is not a political blog. I'm just addressing the Rove thing here so anybody who is interested can see what my point is, why I asked for that proof. And so I can include links (I'm not sure how to make a link in the comments section at MyRant.) And so you can actually READ it - those tiny little letters in MyRant's comment section hurt my eyes!
Speaking of MyRant: It's no secret that I think Bissette is a loon, and it's no secret that he thinks I'm a loon, so don't go thinking I am attacking him. Bissette and I go way back and we'll most likely go way forward. Unless McCain wins and we all sink into the muddy sewer of Roveness. Or unless Obama wins and Sharia Law prevents Bissette from talking to me because I am a married man and he is a burka'ed girl! So VOTE FOR RON PAUL!
Some of my best friends are loons!
Another great old loony friend Dobbs wonders if I can explain my politics. Why yes, as a matter of fact, I can. But it would take a very VERY long time to explain it to someone who thinks a conservative voting record is an outrage, but "What's wrong with a liberal voting record?" Or to someone else who thinks FOX should be investigated and shut down, but turns to The Nation Magazine for news.
Hopefully this helped shine a tiny bit of light on what the hell I can possibly be thinking.
But I doubt it.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not intended to be a complete and thorough analysis of every important issue facing mankind today, so please don't jump all over me with "How can you fret over so-and-so when so-and-so is so much more important???"