It’s Not About Race: A Portend of Things to Come?

The rumor that Michelle Obama railed against “whitey” in a diatribe at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ has circulated on conservative Republican blogs for weeks and was repeated by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The rumor included claims of a videotape of the speech that would be used to bring down Obama’s candidacy this fall.

“No such tape exists,” the campaign responds on the site, http://www.fightthesmears.com. “Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word.”.Obama campaign: Wife never used the word ‘Whitey’

Of course, there is no truth to these rumors, but the truth has never been important to the conservative Republicans nor Rush Limbaugh. And, a warning, Senator Obama: this is only the beginning. It will get much worse in the months ahead.

It appears that the conservatives are targeting Michelle Obama as a way to get at the Senator. Even for them, this is despicable and down right disgusting. This could get very painful for the Senator and his family. I applaud his high-road approach to the situation. A lesser man would retaliate in kinds, and I assure you, there is plenty of ammunition, should the Democrats choose to reply in kind. I hope they don’t. Keeping to the high road will reinforce the Senator’s moral standing eith the American people, as well as the moral standing of the Democratic Party. And perhaps Rush Limbaugh will finally offend people enough that his media plug will get pulled. That will seriously reduce pollution.

I also applaud Senator Obama’s efforts to protect his wife and family from the attacks of these low-lifes/ However, I fear that his efforts will only encourage these political hacks and smear merchants like Limbaugh to greater depths of depravity and distortion. As the summenr hears up the Presidential campaign, I fear so will the intensity of these smear campaigns. I only hope that Senator Obama and his family can keep their cool through all of what is coming.

One very effective way to combat the spread of these ugly untruths is for all of us to not pay attention to them. Do not pass them on. You get an email containing a smear about either candidate, delete it. You hear someone like Limbaugh say something offensive like this, immediately call the radio station and complain. Contact the sponsors and complain, telling them that if they continue to buy advertising to support Limbaugh, you will stop using their products. Even if you never have and never intend to. Enogh advertisers back off and Limbaugh is gone.

The one thing none of us want to do, no matter who we are supporting for President, is to be an accomplice in spreading untruths, especially those grounded in racism, as the rumors about Michelle Obama so obviously are. Let’s follow Senator Obama’s lead and prove to the world that this election is not avout race, age or gender. It’s about the issues.

A personal note: Due to my involvement in the marketing community at Ubuntu, there will be some serious demands on my time that may affect my posting schedule. I will try to post regularly but that may not always be possible.

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