If you haven’t seen the NC GOP ad several stations are refusing to air, a warning, you maybe shocked. I personally am not surprised by much in this world of our’s these days but this one ad did catch me by surprise. Intolerance and bigotry do not belong in American politics, not now and not ever. What’s the ad about you might be asking?  The North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Linda Daves had this to say in a press release ;

“People here in North Carolina should know that this ad is focused on Democrats Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue.  By endorsing Barack Obama, they allied themselves with the most liberal person in the United States Senate.  He is a candidate out of touch with the voters of North Carolina who does not share the values of North Carolinians.  By refusing to stand up and rightfully denounce the statements made by his controversial former associates, Perdue and Moore are giving us the impression that they share these extreme views.  The voters of North Carolina should be allowed to ask a legitimate question of candidates in North Carolina.  Who do you choose to associate yourself with and how does that reflect on your judgment?  It is true that your character is proven by the company you keep.  Those who step forward to run for the highest post in North Carolina must show the best judgment.  Perdue and Moore have shown poor judgment in their associations and the voters of North Carolina rightly question their actions and their continued silence”.

First of all, I ask you who is more out of touch? After seven plus years of Bush in the White House, the GOP’s policy has:

  • Methodically destroyed the US economy
  • Allowed Banks and Credit Card companies to re-write consumer credit laws
  • Left thousands homeless due to foreclosure
  • Millions without health care
  • Gas prices that families can’t afford to pay 
  • Food prices are up by double digit increases  
  • Virtually destroyed the middle class in America

Are these values and concerns you share? These are just a few of the issues facing North Carolinians not Obama’s spiritual leader who the NC GOP refers to as a, “watermelon eatin as****e”. Has the NC GOP lost their “soon to be out of office’ minds”? How can the NC GOP condemn “Obama’s associates” when one can make the same argument with relationship between McCain and Pastor John Hagee. McCain said recently he was “glad to have” the endorsement of one who many refer to as, the most contentious and controversial Pastors in the world. If you haven’t heard of Hagee it is most likely because for some reason the American media has pretty much given him a pass, not focusing on his hateful remarks.

Here are a few of Hagee’s notible comments;

  Hagee on Hurricane Katrina
“All hurricanes are acts of God because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that.” [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on Islamic Beliefs

Fresh Air host Terry Gross asked if Hagee believed that “all Muslims have a mandate to kill Christians and Jews,” to which Hagee replied, “Well, the Quran teaches that. Yes, it teaches that very clearly.” [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on African-Americans

The San Antonio Express-News reported that Hagee was going to “meet with black religious leaders privately at an unspecified future date to discuss comments he made in his newsletter about a ‘slave sale,’ an East Side minister said Wednesday.” The Express-News reported:

“Hagee, pastor of the 16,000-member Cornerstone Church, last week had announced a ‘slave sale’ to raise funds for high school seniors in his church bulletin, ‘The Cluster.’

“The item was introduced with the sentence ‘Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone” and ended with “Make plans to come and go home with a slave.” [San Antonio Express-News 3/7/96]

Hagee on Catholicism

“Most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews.” [Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee]

Hagee on Women
“Do you know the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher? The answer is lipstick. Do you know the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS? You can negotiate with a terrorist.” [God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, Sarah Posner]

“[T]he feminist movement today is throwing off authority in rebellion against God’s pattern for the family.” [“Bible Positions on Political Issues,” John Hagee]

Hagee on LGBT Americans

“The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment.” [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on Iran
“The coming nuclear showdown with Iran is a certainty,” Hagee wrote [in 2006] in the Pentecostal magazine Charisma. “Israel and America must confront Iran’s nuclear ability and willingness to destroy Israel with nuclear weapons. For Israel to wait is to risk committing national suicide.” [The Nation, 8/8/2006.

My opinion is this ad will cost the NC GOP a lot of voters in NC and with a country already so divided by the Bush administration there really is no place for this type of hateful politics. John McCain even says that North Carolina’s Republican Party of being “out of touch with reality” over its refusal to pull an advertisement criticizing Democrat Barack Obama. That should speak volumes to the NC GOP but no they insist the ad will air.

Here is the ad, you decide for yourself. 

  

More on the story from Raw Story

N.C. GOP to run Obama TV ad despite objections from McCain, GOP National Committee

AP – North Carolina Republican leaders are standing by a TV ad critical of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama despite dissension in their own ranks and two stations’ refusal to air it.

Republican National Committee member Linda Shaw said Thursday she was shocked that her colleagues decided to produce and air the ad, which shows Obama with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, and a clip of Wright’s anti-U.S. comments.

“I do not support it,” Shaw said. “I had nothing to do with it … and I’m very disappointed.”

Shaw, a longtime party leader, said she repeatedly urged state party chairwoman Linda Daves to withdraw the spot.

John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, asked party officials to not run the ad on Wednesday and again Thursday.

“I cannot dictate to the North Carolina Republican Party what their message is, but I condemn it and I can appeal to the overwhelming majority of Republicans in the state of North Carolina,” McCain said while campaigning in New Orleans.

State GOP spokesman Brent Woodcox said officials still planned to air the ad Monday, beginning with the evening newscasts. He said the party had not completed the details on the size of the ad buy.

Despite the ad’s focus on Obama, Woodcox has said it is aimed at Democratic gubernatorial candidates Richard Moore and Bev Perdue; both have endorsed Obama, an Illinois senator. The ad was posted online Wednesday.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh and WSOC-TV in Charlotte have declined to run the spot, Woodcox and station officials said.

Jim Hefner, vice president and general manager at WRAL, said the station had determined the ad was “inflammatory” and decided not to run without knowing that McCain and national Republicans had objected to it.

Democratic party officials have criticized the ad. On Thursday, state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek urged Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole to use her power to keep it off the air.

“As the highest-ranking Republican in the state, you have both the ability and responsibility to erase this stain on our state,” Meek said in a letter to Dole. “Your silence tells North Carolinians that you will also sanction similar gutter tactics in your own campaign.”

Dole said in an interview that she didn’t want to get involved.

“I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I’m just not going to get into refereeing a third-party political ad that has nothing to do with my race,” she said.

Obama’s campaign questioned McCain’s efforts to get the ad off the air.

“The fact that Senator McCain can’t get his own party to take down this misleading, personal attack ad raises serious questions about his promise to the American people that he will run a civil, respectful campaign,” said Obama campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan.

North Carolina holds its presidential primary May 6, with 115 delegates at stake. Polls give Obama the edge over Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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