Oct 10, 2008

Republicans getting increasingly desperate and turn campaigns even uglier

Extremist Tim Walberg is becoming a little unhinged as he desperately tries to chip away at the lead of Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, in the race for the 7th Congressional seat in the U.S. House.

Walberg's most recent lie-filled ad compares Schauer to Michigan filmmaker Michael Moore, and it calls Schauer "dangerous." This is the same Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore who founded and is the president of the extremely successful Traverse City Film Festival. Moore has done far more for Michigan than Walberg ever has.

Walberg then stoops to the old, reliable Grand Oil Party tactic of fear and discrimination by making the false claim that Schauer voted to give illegal immigrants' driver's licenses. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Folks, no illegal immigrant can get a driver's license in Michigan. There was controversy last year over this issue when Attorney General Mike Cox issued a totally unneeded opinion on December 27, 2007 that says driver's licenses can only be issued to permanent residents of the state. That was already the case, but in his early campaign for Governor, Cox issued this opinion to please the base. This spring the Legislature had to correct it because it denied a license to the thousands of foreign nationals living and working legally in Michigan.

The false attack ad against Schauer referenced House Bill 5497. The bill was passed on February 7, 2002 when Schauer was in the Michigan House. It passed the House, but the Senate did not even take it up. Like Cox's misguided and unnecessary opinion, it was not needed, and it claimed it would ban illegal immigrants from getting a license. It would do the same thing as Cox's opinion; deny a license to the thousands of foreign nationals living and working legally in Michigan. Those against the bill were the Michigan Catholic Conference, Catholic Social Services Refugee Services and The Michigan AFL-CIO.

There was also a blurb about Schauer voting for the gas tax, but I have no idea what he is talking about.

The attack ads by the GOP is a disturbing trend. We have seen GOP VP candidate Spiro Palin make the false claim that Sen. Barack Obama is "paling around with a terrorist," because he served on two nonprofit boards with Bill Ayers, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a former Vietnam anti-war activist.

It seems ironic that no one is bringing up Grampy McSame and Spiro's connections to a terrorist and an anti-American group, so I will. Convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy has made four contributions totaling $5,000 to Grampy's campaigns. Grampy went on Liddy's radio show during the presidential campaign and Liddy greeted him as "an old friend," and McCain replied. "I'm proud of you, I'm proud of your family. Liddy - of Watergate fame, or better infamous - was convicted to 20 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping. As a Watergate burglar, he concocted several plots that included firebombing the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., kidnapping anti-war protest organizers and transporting them to Mexico and luring mid-level Democratic campaign officials to a house boat in Baltimore where they would be secretly photographed in compromising positions with call girls. In sharp contrast, Ayers has not been convicted of anything.

McSame's nasty and disrespectful behavior at Tuesday's debate was unprecedented when he called Obama "that one there."

The Grampy McSame and Palin rallies are becoming increasingly ugly, and the pair are close to inciting their followers to violence. At recent rallies, the pair have stooped to calling Obama a terrorist, and the crowd has responded with cries of "terrorist" and "kill him." McSame and Palin must put a stop to this and denounce it instead of pretending they did not hear it.

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