My friend, who shall remain nameless, is not a fan of Obama. In fact he's made it clear he'll be casting his ballot for McCain, well that is if he votes at all. So anti in his Democrat stance he often sends email forwards with jokes and little tidbits against the left's chosen savior.
Most of those were reviewed by me only to be quickly deleted; however one did intrigue me. My friend even wrote in the forward itself explaining his stance. Listed below is his message (grammatical errors intact):
"This email was passed on to me by a U.S. Veteran (not the origional one from the message) who is a black man origionally from Trinidad and who served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years. He is a good friend of mine and even he feels this way about Obama. PLEASE PASS THIS ONE ON TO EVERY VOTER YOU CAN!!!!
Your going to want to take a hard look at the ballot before you make your decision people.
Is there an American flag hanging near where your voting? How do you fell about that flag and about your freedom. And yes, I know there is still Freedom in this country because I have traveled to the Philippines where there are men holstering guns outside every McDonalds and every store you can possibly imagine. I love my country and my flag and I hope you do to. My friend from Trinidad who severd this country for many years certainly does."
Feeling under siege from a supposed anti-American Democratic president he took the time to write the above message detailing his thoughts about the forward he received, which is below:
"I am not a biggoted person, yet I am both a Veteran and Patriotic Person.Can we allow this SON OF A BITCH become our President.
Please pass on to anyone leaning Obama's way... this is serious. VOTE CHARACTER.
All I can say is WOW!!!! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: THIS IS DISTURBING!!!!
From Sunday's Televised 'Meet the Press' Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag. Obama Explains National Anthem Stance Sun, 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, General Bill Ginn' USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played. The General also stated to the Senator that 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. At the very least, 'Stand and Face It' Senator Obama Live on Sunday states, '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.'We should consider to reinvent our National Anthem as well as to redesign our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. My wife disrespects the Flag for many personal reasons. Together she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past, many years ago. She has her views and I have mine'. WHAAAAAAAT !!! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard it right. This could possibly be our next President"
This seemed suspicious so I did some research. After browsing many sites, such as Snopes.com, I found no evidence of this. In fact none of this ever took place on Meet the Press. Largely regarded as a hoax, partially because of the now famous Pledge of Allegiance where Obama did not place his hand over his heart, the email has circulated through many inboxes. Of course McCain supporters are going to believe this at first glance as man hears what they want to hear.
I replied to my friend with the following:
"While I respect you getting involved in the process of politics and encourage you to continue to do so, this forward is a complete fabrication. A lot of myths surround this man for reasons I can't understand, but a good source to check on information such as this has been Snopes.com, which fact checks various urban legends political and non. I don't mean to be belittling, just wanting to help you make an informed decision and I trust you'll make an honest vote when you cast your ballot. Here is the truth behind this email forward http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/stance.asp"
He thanked me for the message and replied to all he sent the email to with:
"I have been informed that my previous email was false and here is the information you should note. I didn't do enough research beforehand and here is a link to prove it. I'm as tired as everyone else of this political tennis grudge match that started a long time ago with many more contestants and that it never seems to end.
**** (my buddy from Trinidad) is in fact a good friend. That hasn't changed and he was unaware of the email being false also."
I'm pretty happy that he's big enough to admit he's wrong and let all involved know the truth about the forward rather than give the thousand yard stare followed by a 'yeah but'. I was glad to hear that he's more interested in reasonable discourse than encouraging falsehoods.
I guess since conservatives always love to wave the flag of oppression that a lot seem to want to make up any lie to try and sway someone's vote. I would like to have a long discussion with the originator of this email.
Since most of my readers live in Washington state or the great country to the north I'm going to refrain from telling you how to vote. Since Obama will win this state's electorate I find it...oh hell. You best be voting Wiwille. A vote for Wiwille is vote for a hard drinking, boobie obsessed White House. That's exactly the kind of change we need in this country.
On another note I'm in my costume right now and it is kind of a lame one. Oh well. I do wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween.
"Why can't I just eat my waffle?" - Barack Obama