Yesterday, Sarah Palin gave a speech in which she decided, perhaps of her own volition, to lie about Barack Obama. Yet, for some bizarre reason she screwed herself over by citing the source (i.e. The New York Times) on which her lie was based.
Thus she made it easy for even an intelligent child to compare the lie she told with what The New York Times actually published. And I think any fair comparison between her lie and the Times article reveals Palin to be a foolish liar.
First, here’s what Palin said in her speech, which I transcribed from a video:
“I was reading today a copy of The New York Times. And I was really interested to read in there about Barack Obama’s friends from Chicago. It turns out one of his earliest supporters is a man who, according to The New York Times, was a domestic terrorist, and part of the group — part of the group that, quote, launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and the US Capitol. Man! These are the same guys who think patriotism is paying higher taxes. Remember that’s what Joe Biden said.”
“Now, this is not a man who sees America as you and I see America. We see America as a force for good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism. Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country.”
The former domestic terrorist Palin refers to is Bill Ayers, who was long ago a member of the Weather Underground, and who currently lives in the same middle class Chicago neighborhood as Barack Obama.
In her speech, Palin does everything she can to paint Obama and Ayers as close to each other. But that happens not to be the case. The New York Times article makes it very clear Obama and Ayers have only a chance relationship with one another:
“At a tumultuous meeting of anti-Vietnam War militants at the Chicago Coliseum in 1969, Bill Ayers helped found the radical Weathermen, launching a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and United States Capitol.”
“Twenty-six years later, at a lunchtime meeting about school reform in a Chicago skyscraper, Barack Obama met Mr. Ayers, by then an education professor. Their paths have crossed sporadically since then, at a coffee Mr. Ayers hosted for Mr. Obama’s first run for office, on the schools project and a charitable board, and in casual encounters as Hyde Park neighbors.”
“…the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called ‘somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.'”
So Palin is blatantly — and I think viciously — lying when she says Obama and Ayers are “pals”. What makes her lying especially bizarre is she cites her source — which allows anyone to easily discover for themselves that she is lying. That makes her not just a liar, but a foolish liar.
I would suggest Palin is lying for at least three entwined reasons, each having to do with flaws in her ticket. First, the ticket she’s running on supports policies that are for the most part indistinguishable from the failed policies of the Bush / Cheney Administration. Consequently, neither she nor John McCain can realistically run on the strength of their policies without trapping themselves. Without that option, however, what do they have left to run on?
I don’t think Palin and McCain any longer have the option of running on the strength of their characters. Both have demonstrated themselves to be very flawed people, and perhaps even inferior to their opponents.
Yet, if you cannot run on the strength either of your policies or your character, you are left with only one option — attack your opponent, demonize him, and hope you frighten enough voters away from him to you.
Consequently, they are trying to make Obama’s character the issue in the race. Unfortunately, Obama has a pretty solid and respectable character, so their desire to make his character the issue requires them to lie about him.
And that I think is why Sarah Palin and John McCain will tell one lie after another about Barack Obama until election day.
But what do you think?