Originally Posted by Kaylore
I'm a conservative and this type of stuff is what's wrong with politics. I don't think this really matters even if he did. If he wore an Irish clauda ring, would that make him a Wiccan?
But let's not pretend both sides don't do this stuff. I recall two lies: like how Bush supposedly "didn't know what supermarket scanner was" and asked the leader of Brazil "you have blacks too?". Both didn't happen, but everyone pretended it did.
I agree with you on all counts. Lies about anyone to convince other people that the individual is a "bad" person are immoral in my opinion. I think its fine to make fun of a person and to attack them on legitimate grounds if you believe that what they are doing is wrong. I think poking fun at the legitimate mistakes of a President are part of what make this country great.
I do not think it was fair to have so many attack Bush on false acts of dumbness, as you mentioned. However, I would argue that the attacks Obama has been subjected to under his presidency have been more vile and disgusting as they almost all go to a base of religion, race or nationality. The attacks on Obama for being incompetent, or for being a media hog are absolutely more in the "fair is fair" category in my opinion. If there was a false tale of Obama asking why there were three branches of government or a false story of Obama calling up Jay Leno and begging to be on his program to help him get a bump... well they'd still be a lie to deceive, but the nature of that type of lie is built more on bringing a President down a notch or two in the social esteem rather than tearing a man apart in societal inclusiveness based on his most fundamental differences.
Attacks on Romney for his religion go to the same ground of vile. Although I do think its fair to question all people running for office how their religion influences their decisions and actions. I think it was fair to question Obama on Rev. Wright back in 08.