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06/13/08

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You SURE you want bloggers to help? I dunno...

While purusing SlashDot, I came across a story where Republican presidential candidate, Senator John McCain, is beseeching bloggers to blog on his behalf.

Although I don't doubt the man's sincerity nor fault him for using every advertising possibility to his advantage, I cannot state that I believe this is a good idea.

Although there are notable and excellent bloggers that are for McCain and are subtle and well thought out, the majority of "right wing" bloggers out there probably should not "help" their party is possible.

I won't go into gory details, but let's look at a recent case where a well known American "conservative" blogger suffered pain, horror, and grievous injury because an actress (with an AmeroEuropean background,) was featured on a commercial for a well known American doughnut outlet wearing a scarf that resembled one that might, on occasion, be worn by people from the Middle East... and even though millions (probably billions) of people wear said style of scarf of which it is right to assume only some are "bad guys", she screamed You're making me think of terrorists! and whammo, the doughnut chain yanked the commercials.

Not only was this scary stupid, but truly made the blogger, the doughnut stores, and indeed America look like a knee-jerk laughing stock in the eyes of most of the world.

"Most of us" (read: Non-Americans) saw this as being the same as saying, Charles Manson listened to the Beatles... and your radio station plays the Beatles... and it makes me think of mass murder! Take that music off the air now!

This is who you want "supporting your cause"?

This is one example... there are many others... Even in Canada, some of the more fervent "right wingers" are so horrible in their racist screeds that a handful of them are being (justifiably) sued... and many of them may be "tempted" to come in and support McCain too from abroad.

Now, DON'T GET ME WRONG... there are a handful of "just as bad" left-wing bloggers who's words can be more than a little pointed... and who would do more harm than foul to the Democrat's (or Liberals/New Democratic Party's) chances if their words got main play in the media or whatever...

...but for some odd reason, the "conservative" cause has bred some of the most foul, racist, intolerant, and genuinely intellectually challenged bloggers I've ever seen. I have to admit that too... yup... far more "Right-Wing" horrors than "Left Wing" stupidity online.

...but to the case at hand.

Allow me to make a suggestion to those people who might consider taking Senator McCain up on his idea...

If you believe that Natives should be ground into the dirt... If you believe that all Muslims are dangerous... If you have legitimate "hate" in your soul for a religion, belief, or a race of people... If you think that "The Left" is going to drag America into the mud... If you think racism is okay because it's "funny" or "true"... If you figure the rest of the world is "envious" of America and that's what's caused the rift... If you think the world would be a better place if everyone had a handgun...

Help support John McCain and the republicans... DON'T blog on his behalf. You will push people away in droves.

(Hat tip to Brett Lamb for the above...)

Stay tuned as I may have to do a similar entry for Democratic (or left wing) bloggers if they are "called upon".


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