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I’m Billie, and I don’t approve of message

Citizen Staff Writer

The shameless lies spewed by John McCain and Sarah Palin on the campaign trail are bad enough.

But now, a McCain television ad goes beyond the pale, accusing Barack Obama of enacting a law to require comprehensive sex education for kindergartners.

Anybody with half a clue knows that can’t be real. But plenty of television viewers are clueless. And plenty vote without checking facts.

Obama did vote for Illinois legislation on K-12 sex education. But it merely authorized “local school boards to teach ‘age-appropriate’ sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators,” reports Margaret Talev of McClatchy newspapers.

Shouldn’t young kids be warned about the weirdos in our society? Damn straight they should.

Yet the duplicitous blast against Obama’s vote for such warnings ends with the classic: “I’m John McCain, and I approve this message.”

False advertising for commercial gain is a crime. Alas, the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t regulate political campaign ads.

With the likes of McCain, Palin and Karl Rove running loose in our country, with scads of cash to spend on prevarications, it’s high time such a law is enacted.


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