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Dirty Politics – 6 January 2008

On weekends I like to watch Bill Moyers Journal and NOW on PBS.

“Dirty Politics 2008” was this week’s NOW topic. I have heard about smear campaigns before, but this program really opened up my eyes (as the saying goes) to what has been going on for many years. Just imagine – there are people whose job it is to come up with and spread lies about opposing candidates running in elections! This is so disgusting!

Here is a quotation about “Dirty Politics 2008” from PBS/NOW’s website:

"In South Carolina, we know how to run negative campaigns," Rod Shealy, a veteran campaign strategist who was convicted for violating campaign laws, tells NOW. "Your challenge as a campaign is to damage your opponent without getting caught doing it."

Rod Shealy was interviewed for this PBS program; and South Carolina’s Lee Atwater, who was considered a master of smear tactics, worked on the campaigns of Reagan and the first Bush. It was said that before his death caused by brain cancer, Atwater regretted the damage that he had done during his career.

Isn’t it interesting that the Bible Belt of South Carolina is a hotbed for the creation of fear tactics and the spread of malicious lies?! I wonder how many of these good Christian folks have read what Jesus says about lies and liars: “for he [the devil] is a liar, and the father of lies” (John 8:44-47), as well as what the Bible says about love and fear (1 John 4:18)?
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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