It seems everyone from Bill Burton of the Obama campaign to Jonathan Alter of Newsweek is in a frenzy over the following advertisement aired by the McCain campaign:
Here is Bill Burton’s predictably sanctimonious response:
“It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was. Now we know why[.]”
And here is Jonathan Alter condemning McCain on Charlie Rose’s 11 SEPT 2008 television program during minutes 20:30-23:40 of the following video clip:According to Jonathan Alter, because McCain “knowingly, intentionally, and shamelessly” “lied” in the advertisement on Obama’s controversial support for a sex education bill, McCain has lost all “moral authority” and is as a result “unable to govern.” Some would call his words an indictment; I view Alter’s lies as shameful and downright perverse.
Alter’s denunciation of McCain is shameful and downright perverse, for it is a knowing, intentional and shameless misrepresentation of McCain’s ad and of Obama’s legislative record. Let us consider the bill in question, SB0099 of the Illinois General Assembly. I quote:
Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K
6through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV AIDS. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.
Not only did Obama vote for and therefore support a bill that mandates sex education for all public school children; this bill was amended in order to ensure sex education would be provided to students from grades kindergarten through 6. How else does one explain the strike through the number six and the underscore below the letter “K” in the text I quote above?
Also shameful and downright perverse about Alter’s performance on Charlie Rose’s show is the silence of the host and the other guests: no one bothered to correct Alter. But even worse, no one bothered to explain how McCain’s decision to air an advertisement that correctly represents Obama’s record in the Illinois state Senate in no way justifies Alter’s hyperbolic claim that McCain is unable to govern.
If these commentators and reporters were not shameful and perverse in their willful, intentional and shameless advocacy for Barack Obama, they would have discussed another problematic aspect of Barack Obama’s record on sex, children and public schools during his tenure in the Illinois state Senate: a “present” vote on SB609, a measure that prohibits the opening of sex shops near schools, places of worship or day care facilities. Here is the synopsis of the bill on which Obama voted “present:”
Provides restrictions on the proximity of adult entertainment establishments to other adult entertainment establishments, schools, parks, places of worship, pre-schools, day care facilities, mobile home parks, or other residential areas. Provides that a violation of this Act is a
separate petty offense for each day of violation.
Shameful and downright perverse is not McCain’s advertisement; shameful and downright perverse is Obama’s support of sex shops and of sex education for students enrolled in public school kindergartens. If a five year old fails to absorb lessons about acts of penetration in the classroom, then he or she will at least see it in storefronts on their way to school: this, I guess, is what Obama was thinking while he was casting and failing to cast votes in the Illinois state Senate. But according to Alter, it is McCain and not Obama who lacks the “moral authority” to govern.
And no, Bill Burton, Obama’s status as father in no way militates against the demonstrably true claims propounded in McCain’s advertisements, for Obama’s children attend private school, not public school.
While it is shameful and downright perverse for Obama to desire to expose young children to the lewdness and scabrousness of sex, sex shops, STDs and acts of penetration, it is even more shameful and downright perverse for the traditional media to “willfully, intentionally and shamelessly” refuse to discuss and analyze these lurid aspects of Obama’s voting record. But then again, all the guests on Charlie Rose’s show were old, white men. And the traditional media, to be sure, enjoys promoting characters who openly profess their warped desire to copulate with Vice Presidential candidates on a set of sheets emblazoned with Barack Obama iconography.
The shameful and downright perverse predilections of Obama and the media apparatus that supports him: apparently this is the change in which parents of young children are expected to believe.