To follow up on yesterday’s post on the smear against Texas gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, I have done quite a bit more research on this whole subject. Medina is a genuine “citizen candidate” who supports conservative American family values, the right of people in a state to have independence from the federal government, the right to bear arms and the right of citizens to question and protest their government just as the American Founders did. I do not believe that she is a “9/11 truther,” but that she honestly believes that there’s a legitimate reason for people to investigate the facts as the 9/11 Commission had done, given the US government’s past, such as with Iran-Contra, Waco, Watergate, and current events, and the list goes on and on and on.
This smear started by people who had heard Medina interviewed by Alex Jones, a known “conspiracy theorist.” It is yet another “guilt-by-association” fiasco, in which, people have concluded that, because Medina appeared with Alex Jones, therefore…etc. And those are the people who emailed Glenn Beck and motivated him to ask Medina those 9/11-related questions. I can’t find anything on the Internet that indicates that she spoke about that issue in the past.
Michael Medved did the same thing with Ron Paul, as far as, “just because Paul appeared on the Alex Jones Show, therefore….”etc. It seems to me that the people who seem to just have some gut feeling that it’s “unpatriotic” or “un-American” to question the state, as apparently does Medved, and Beck as well, are those most likely to smear people who stand for the rights of the individual and who sincerely believe that blind obedience to the state may itself be un-American.
Of particular interest is that, within an hour after the Medina interview with Glenn Beck the Rick Perry campaign had already begun robo-calls accusing Medina of being a “truther.” Also, apparently Beck and his radio show cohort Pat Gray have ties to Rick Perry. To me, this is suspicious.
A similar government-reform-minded woman Republican was also the victim of smear tactics: Sarah Palin.