Did You Know?

Most Obama supporters have probably had a moment like I had the other day.  I had gotten into a heated argument with someone very close to me.  We talk politics all the time, and while we agree on somethings, we can get into some seriously intense fights on others.

This was one of those discussions.  It was going the same place most of these discussions go; nowhere.  We were getting set to scream ourselves hoarse when she caught me off guard.  “Obama was a Muslim.”

I fell silent.

At that point, all I could do was stop and gape.  Eventually, I incredulously started saying, “No he wasn’t,” but the fact that the whisper campaign had gone this far had taken any wind I may have still had left in my sails.  The disinformation machine was doing its job.

The deadly stealth email is exactly that; deadly.  People who won’t trust what they read in a newspaper or in a book, who won’t believe a scientist’s assertion that the planet is millions and millions of years old as opposed to a few thousand, people who don’t believe ANYTHING will believe without the slightest bit of scrutiny any email any friend of theirs sends their way.

Our regular reader and friend Dynamic gave us a link to what one Kos diarist is doing to combat that; making up a viral email of his own.  The great thing about this email, though is that unlike the attack emails, this focuses totally on the positive while confronting some of the lies that have swirled on about Obama.  Here it is in full:

Subject: The Truth About Barack Obama! As enthusiastic volunteers in the Barack Obama campaign for the Presidency, we have put together a list of facts about Barack so that you will know the truth about him. Please follow the links we have included which provide documentation of these facts. If you value the truth, as we do, please forward this email to everyone you know.

  1. Did you know that Barack Obama is a devout Christian? He has been a member of the same United Church of Christ congregation for 20 years, and was married there to his wife Michelle in 1992.
  2. Did you know that Barack Obama is a strong friend of Israel and has spoken out strongly against anti-semitism?
  3. Did you know his grandparents from Kansas were part of the “Greatest Generation?. His grandfather served with Patton’s Army during World Warr II, and his grandmother, a real “Rosy the Riveter”, worked in a bomber assembly plant back home.
  4. Did you know that Barack Obama often leads the US Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance?
  5. Did you know Obama favors transparency over secrecy in our government? He’s released his tax returns from 2006. Did you know that Obama worked with Republican Sen. Colburn to pass one of the strongest government transparency bills since the freedom of information act. He’s calling it Google for Government and you can see the result at www.fedspending.org.
  6. Did you know that Barack Obama was opposed to the war in Iraq from day one, before we invaded? Even while he was running for the Senate and such opposition might have been politically unpopular?

    “I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world and strengthen the recruitment arm of al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” –Barack Obama, 2002

  7. Did you know that Senator Obama has grown so fond of his Secret Service detail, that he invited them to his home to watch the SuperBowl and plays basketball with them before primaries?
  8. Did you know that despite the grueling schedule of running for President, Senator Obama remains a devoted family man, making time to do things like pick out a Christmas tree with his wife and two young daughters, or hurrying home to spend Valentine’s Day with them? Did you know he hasn’t missed a single parent-teacher conference while running for President?
  9. Did you know that Barack Obama has been an elected legislator longer than Senator Clinton?
  10. Did you know that Barack Obama has co-sponsored a bill increase child support enforcement by helping governments collect a projected $13 billion in payments from those who don’t fulfill their parental responsibilities?
  11. Did you know that after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School, Barack practiced civil rights law and also taught Constitutional Law for 10 years at one of the nation’s best law schools, Chicago University, where he was consistantly rated by his students as one of their best instructors? He was the first African-American elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.
  12. Did you know that Barack is a member of all of these Senate Committees: Foreign Relations; Veteran’s Affairs; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Homeland Security and Government Affairs?
  13. Did you know that Barack Obama is an outspoken advocate of women’s rights and has been a principled defender of the civil rights of women?
  14. Did you know that Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005?
  15. Did you know that Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate?
  16. Did you know that Senator Obama sponsored legislation (together with Indiana Republican Richard Lugar) that keeps Americans safe by keeping dangerous weapons out of terrorist hands?
  17. Did you know that Barack Obama has a stellar environmental record, including having the highest rating from the League of Conservation Voters (96%) of any Presidential candidate, Democrate or Republican?
  18. Did you know that, if elected, Barack Obama would be the nations 6th youngest President behind Theodore Roosevelt (42 years old), John F. Kennedy (43 years old), Bill Clinton (46 years old), Ullysses S. Grant (46 years old), and Grover Cleveland (47 years old).
  19. Did you know that, as an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama succeeded in passing legislation requiring the videotaping of police interrogations, gaining the respect and support not only of fellow legislators but that of the police, who had initially opposed the legislation?
  20. Did you know that, as a US Senator, Barack Obama has gained the respect of Republicans such as Sen. Dick Lugar, who said of Obama, “He does have a sense of idealism and principled leadership, a vision of the future.” Senator Lugar invited Senator Obama on a trip to the former Soviet Union, where they inspected projects to decommission Cold War-era weapons. The two ultimately worked together to pass legislation to control the spread of weapons.
  21. Did you know that Barack Obama is the only candidate running for president who voted against using cluster bombs in Iraq and the only candidate who supports banning the use of landmines?

During election season many emails are circulated about the candidates. Some are true, some aren’t. It’s often difficult to determine the truth. We encourage you to visit the following non-partisan sites that do a good job of fact checking the candidates.

http://www.snopes.com/
http://www.factcheck.org/

I think I can see myself passing this little email along.

One Response to “Did You Know?”

  1. DrGail says:

    Before you pass it along, it needs some fact-checking. I just skimmed it and noticed #11. . . I’ve lived in the Chicago area most of my life, and there is no “Chicago University”; he taught at the University of Chicago.

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