I read the link on Michelle Malkin’s website where pressure is being applied to keep a controversial advertisement from being broadcast, one which supports the idea that Presidential candidate Barack Obama and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers had a close relationship, something which would damage Obama’s image.
“Barack Obama is friends with Ayers, defending him as, quote, 'Respectable' and 'Mainstream,'" the group's ad states. "Obama's political career was launched in Ayers' home. And the two served together on a left-wing board. Why would Barack Obama be friends with someone who bombed the Capitol and is proud of it? Do you know enough to elect Barack Obama?”
I can see how such an ad would be inflammatory; however, little red flags go up in my head when I see attempts to trample the First Amendment of the Constitution. The information being presented is either true or it isn’t; if it isn’t true there’s one heck of a lawsuit. This sounds more like an attempt to keep the truth from reaching the voting public, the same kind of truth which put a monkey wrench in John “Swift Boat” Kerry’s machinery when he tried to slime his way into the White House.
There are two takes on the term “swift boating”; one goes along the idea that a lie is just as good as the truth if you say it often enough while the other holds that the truth will set you free. John Kerry could have provided the answers and made the swift boaters out as liars and frauds; but he never came forward with those answers.
There is a way to bring the questions being raised to a conclusion, was there or is there more of a relationship between Barack Obama and William Ayers than “he’s a neighbor”. Here’s a line from Jim Kuhnhenn’s original article which makes sense:
“The campaign's aggressive tactics could draw more attention to a subject the campaign wants to go away. On Tuesday, the University of Illinois at Chicago will make available records of Obama's service on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The group was set up to improve the city's schools. The documents could shed further light on whether Obama and Ayers had a relationship.”
Why was the information at the University of Illinois at Chicago locked away? In the event that Obama does get elected, are we going to have four years of avoidance like the Clintons, “I can’t recall”, “I don’t have my notes in front of me”, “I don’t remember” and the list goes on until you get tired of asking. Just open the files, files which fall under the open records act, and be done with it.