07.18.08

A New Innovation In Negative Campaigning

Posted in politics at 4:32 pm by

Seems like things got a little down and dirty in the Oklahoma County (OK) battle for County Commissioner.  If local politics doesn’t work out for Brent Rinehart, he might well vie for an internship at Jack Chick Productions.  (PDF of Rinehart’s comic book)

2 Responses to “A New Innovation In Negative Campaigning”

  1. Dubots says:

    Rednex is good at speling.

  2. Arenap says:

    The comic book is hilarious, and I myself have had several hours of chortling over it.

    But I am also from Oklahoma City – and I can tell you that this does NOT represent the worldview of the vast majority of Oklahomans – as evidenced by the many quotes from Oklahoma public officials (yes Virginia, including Republicans) and academics who rightly condemn Rinehart. The Oklahoman – OKC’s main newspaper, and conservative in its outlook – called the comic “16 pages of tripe.”

    Rinehart is a mentally-disturbed narcissist with a penchant for pencil mustaches and corruption, and his (few) supporters are very unbalanced people.

    Oklahoma City is a thriving metroplex of more than a million people (named by Forbes as among the top 10 recession proof cities, while a suburb, Norman, was named the 6th best small city in America by Money Magazine last week).

    I also hope that those with an axe to grind against Christianity will not somehow take this comic book as indicative of a Christian worldview. Frankly, that’s like shooting fish in a barrel. This is a theologically-bankrupt work, if I may put it bluntly. Christians do not believe in a little midget-man Satan with a pitch fork, nor in malnourished angels with magic wands – any more than we believe heaven is filled with angels playing harps (see C.S. Lewis for a better explication of this). That’s a caricature of a caricature of a caricature.

    If you’re an atheist, and wish to dispute Christianity, I would not use this comic book for the foundation of your arguments. It is not at all a representation of Christian beliefs – but is instead the product of a diseased mind.

    One aspect of this “comic book” requires a little background: You should know that the state was controlled by a one-party corrupt Democratic machine for its first century (the state just celebrated the centennial). This only has recently changed, but Rinehart is playing on old superstitions about corrupt Democrats who ran the state for so long – and nearly ran the state into the ground because of THEIR “culture of corruption.”

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