On January 19, 2012 I wrote a note, to be found several blogs down, called Bodhisattvas in an election year.
I have had requests to expand on this theme in terms of the ongoing campaigns, and therefore will bring up cases from the media which are opportunities for us to reflect on these themes. I will choose examples from both major parties and from various candidates "to be fair."
Here is the first case, an excerpt from an article in the Atlantic online:
Have Democrats Succeeded in Pre-Destroying Romney?
FEB 2 2012, 7:45 AM ET
Tuesday's installment of the left's crusade to destroy Mitt Romney began like this: an operator chirping,
"I'd like to welcome you today to the Mitt Romney Would Destroy Social Security and Medicare Conference Call."
A few moments later, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was on the line. "Thanks, everybody, for joining the call today," she began. Within minutes, she had accused Romney of "political pandering," supporting "the extreme tea party agenda," and lying to senior citizens, Hispanics and supporters of the space program.
Just another day in the life of the vast left-wing conspiracy.
Practically every day for months, Democrats and their allies have been hammering Romney like this. Unions, party committees at the national and state levels, independent groups such as American Bridge and Americans United for Change, and the Obama campaign itself have undertaken an unprecedented effort to tarnish the front-runner while virtually ignoring the rest of the GOP candidates. And it appears to be working......."
If you are interested in reading the rest of the article, it is here: