Psychological: of, pertaining to, dealing with, or affecting the mind, esp. as a function of awareness, feeling, or motivation.
Hegemony: the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others.
In the world of Politics, it is often the case that subtle maneuvering of words and Concepts can, and often does, create a view of the world that is far and away different from what actually exists. There is reality, and then there is the world of Stark contrasts and Backbiting that is the world of Negative Politics. In all cases, regardless of who puts out the negativity, it is nothing more than an attempt at control over what people think about the subject they speak on. All Politicians do it. Mr. Obama seems to me tho, to do it badly, and frankly less than professionally. Let’s look at him, and his supporters, and their attempts at Negativity to control the ebb and flow of talk in this Presidential Campaign.
The Obama Campaign, in an attempt to smear The Clinton Campaign, has stated that the Clinton’s Not putting there tax returns on Public display means she must be hiding something. I was listening to her speak on Wednesday morning, and she said she will release her returns Next month. Even tho she had put out the statement on Wednesday, he made this statement on thursday, in an attempt to paint a Picture in the Minds of Voters that she has something to hide, On her Tax returns. He may have been harping on the subject for awhile, but Why do you try to paint that Picture in the face of the statement? It would have been a Good time to stop once the statement was out, but he seemed unable to hit the brakes after the losses in Ohio and Texas. It seems a somewhat stupid and pointless act. Perhaps he is unhappy with the speed of things here. Not fast enough for you, Sen. Obama? Maybe you should have sent over your Accountants over to the Clintons headquarters and offered to help if you are in such a damned hurry.
In Another Instance of attempts to use smear tactics, Members of the Obama Camp Cried “RACISM!!!” over an attack ad placed By the Clinton Campaign in Texas. The Ad itself was one that simply said That Sen. Obama has been too busy trying to get elected president to do his Job In The Senate and hold oversight hearings about Afghanistan. A charge in the Ad he Admitted to. But that’s not the bit that The Obama Backers are Furious about. They are Unhappy over supposed Darkening of his features to make him Look Darker. All available evidence on this matter shows that There was a Universal Dark Hue to the entire commercial, Including Mrs. Clinton. Why would this be an issue? Is there any question about Mr. Obama’s Skin color? Does the Tint make a Difference? Not to My Mind. To read about the Entire thing, Follow the link: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/did_clinton_darken_obamas_skin.html
The Obama Campaign, and It’s backers are trying, with very limited success, to go Negative On Sen. Clinton. The Negativity in these cases are just a way of trying to get people to question not only whether she will make a Good President, But whether or not she Is a good person. I Believe that She is a good person. I also believe That she is a Capable leader, and will make a Good President. I believe the same about Mr. Obama, but as Time goes On, I am believing it less and less. He has to be responsible for his part of the negativity On some level, he would have to give an ok to his speechwriters to talk about her running away on showing her taxes even tho she says she’ll give the Information needed Prior to Pennsylvania. I cannot picture him not having a level of control over everyday events in his campaign. I am not sure he had anything to do with the “Race” thing, but i’m sure it has his tacit approval, seeing how it attacks Clinton. I saw a question on CNN, on The Jack Cafferty Blog, about whether it was time for Obama to go negative or not. He beat you to the Punch, Jack. He’s already there.
He’s the Change candidate, right? or is he? How is Negative campaigning a Change? Admit that you are not about change, Mr. Obama. You lied to Us about your meetings with the Canadians. You Mislead the Public in mailings about senator clinton’s stance On Nafta. You have for Months used Misleading quotes from Newspapers, and taken those quotes and used them out of Context in your Commercials. This is the Change we are going to get? How is This Change? You attempts to Rally the Nation around the concept of Change can only work, Senator Obama, If there is actual Change Involved. Or if you repeat it endlessly In an attempt to control the debate by being the Only voice heard. I listen to both sides of this debate Mr. Obama, That is why I am such a Harsh critic of yours. I have heard you speak as if you are some Knight In Shining Armour, come to save America with Change, But when Push comes to shove, you offer us the same thing everyone else is peddling. Just admit you Aren’t the change agent you claim to be. I can see through you, Senator. You’re just like the rest. Admit it and we can get down to the Business of seeing what it is your really about.
There is more than this out there, but I chose these two because these are the latest to pop up on my radar. As more pops up, I will air it here.
I have nothing else to add here, I did My Guitar and Run stuff in my previous post this afternoon. I am done here. Go Jam!
Today’s Nuggets,By Noam Chomsky, Via Wikiquote: “The Bush Administration do have moral values. Their moral values are very explicit: shine the boots of the rich and the powerful, kick everybody else in the face, and let your grandchildren pay for it. That simple principle predicts almost everything that’s happening.”
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
Latest(and somewhat extensive) Edit: 4:18 am ET 3/7/08