By Brent Budowsky - 08/25/08 07:58 PM EDT
When Sen. John McCain lied about Sen. Barack Obama and said he would lose a war to win an election, the single mom and her teenage daughter fought back. Mom cancelled Sunday dinner. Her daughter returned the CD. They gave another $20 to Obama. In their America, the big truth must defeat the big lie.
When McCain (R-Ariz.) lied and said Obama (D-Ill.) would rather shoot hoops than visit wounded troops, the vets for Obama fought back. They gave a standing ovation to Obama’s work for wounded warriors at Walter Reed while McCain lets veterans down on major votes, far too often.
When Cindy smeared Michelle — calling herself always patriotic, implying Michelle was not — the executive assistant in Washington fought back. She is organizing a rally for Barack where those who don’t have much will give what they can, to change the course of history.
When McCain lied about Obama and said Obama wanted to send political reporters and television cameras to visit wounded troops in Germany, the war hero who should have been president fought back. John Kerry spoke with integrity and passion that this time, the big truth will defeat the big lie.
When McCain smears Obama, proud of his ads with young blond women and talk of “the messiah,” the Obama kids fought back. Throughout America they came with blue shirts and white pads, signing up more volunteers and small donors who total more than 2 million patriots believing that this time, in our America, the big truth must defeat the big lie.
The man who was John McCain in 2000 would be sickened by the McCain who campaigns today, and would stand against, not with, the heirs to those who fomented hate against Jefferson and Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and FDR, Jack, Bobby and Martin who were all slandered by the haters of their times. As Barack is in ours.
It is a war of the worlds. Little people with big hearts, patriots who would lift our democracy, the kids who will inherit the future, the believers in truth and honor in politics are fighting back every hour, every day, across America.
It is a war of the worlds about the content and character of the democracy of our country. It is a fight to the political death between the big truth and the big lie, between those who would lift our country up and those who would tear our country apart. The stakes are enormous. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, it is the truth that sets us free.
Budowsky’s column runs in The Hill every Tuesday. He can be reached at email@example.com