Last week, someone handed me a hard copy of an e-mail that they received which reads as follows:
"Hot on the heels of his explanation for why he no longer wears a flag pin, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was forced to explain why he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.
According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171, During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
‘As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides,’ Obama said. ‘There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.’ If that were our anthem, then I might salute it.’
Is this the person we want for President? One who will not even respect our National Anthem and is more worried about the feelings of other countries then what our country stands for. I think it is time to send him to those other countries he seems to love so much. And please take your wife who has not ever been proud of this country before."
I am typically dubious of e-mail circulations, so I investigated the claims presented in this particular e-mail. It did not take me long to determine that the claims were completely false. All but the last paragraph were lifted from a piece written by John Semmens which he calls "Simi-News" at The Arizona Conservative. "Simi-News" is not intended to be taken seriously, it is satire.
This is not the first politically conservative e-mail that I have seen that was considerably less than factual. So, I am beginning to wonder why it is that conservatives feel the need to lie about liberals. Conservatives occupy the moral high ground. Why give any of it away by lying about political opponents. It is not necessary. Liberal positions are so weak that many of them practically refute themselves. If conservatives feel that they are losing the debate, then they need to reinforce their argument. Let the libs do the lying.
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