“I am not a witch.”
Sure, you aren’t. Ok, so clearly accusations that Christine O’Donnell is a witch is extreme and let’s be honest, not based on a lot of fact. I think what’s most important about this whole issue is what we, as the public, are interested in when we think about candidates. If we were to all judge candidates based off dumb stuff they did when they were young or even when they were old it would be impossible to ever elect anyone. No one’s perfect after all. For instance, Bill Clinton famously had an affair with Monica Lewinsky and even was impeached because of it. Was he really deserving of this though? I really don’t know enough about the scandal to say one way or another but it’s an important thing to think about. MLK also was challenged of committing adultery and being a “womanizer” but for a lot of the public they didn’t seem to mind.
What I get out of this witch situation with O’Donnell is that the public takes seriously whatever they can that will hurt the people they already don’t like. I mean, we do this with pretty much everyone we don’t like. I think what’s really important to remember in a case like Christine O’Donnell is that we shouldn’t just blindly hate someone because they are a Republican or a Tea Partier but if we are going to hate someone, it should be for bad ideas and policies. Now when she says things like she does in the video below posted that Obama is bad because he cut spending on missile defense, or that she will never vote to increase taxes, that worries me. These are the kinds of things we should focus on when deciding who to vote for.
I suppose this witch scenario ties in very nicely with our final project and the whole concept of propaganda. In one of the websites Doug gave us to learn about advertising techniques one of the first types of propaganda is name-calling. Although “witch” is not listed in the common bad names to be referred to, it most certainly could in reference to this situation. The site restates my sentiment I mentioned earlier that people will focus on this rather than real information about O’Donnell. The Site reads, “The propagandist who uses this technique hopes that the audience will reject the person or the idea on the basis of the negative symbol, instead of looking at the available evidence.” This seems extremely relevant and fits into this whole controversy perfectly.
Although I have to give O’Donnell some amount of leeway because she was young when the whole witch thing happened, that does not mean I am letting her off the hook. I still can’t get over all the other dumb things she has said.
video states opinion on Obama/taxes
I am not a witch video
propaganda “name calling” website