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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Angered Over Misleading Political Ads

 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was always more than just a basketball player. He had a mature intelligence and a head for politics, even at a young age, and today’s brand does not fit his tastes.

In an article he wrote for, Abdul-Jabbar expressed his dismay at both political parties for what he called “deceit.”

Abdul-Jabbar wrote:

“Giving the people the freedom to elect their representation is a core American ideal that is being abused. Instead of educating Americans, the mudslinger ads just create more confusion and chaos for the voters to sift through. How are Americans to make the best decisions for themselves when both of their options spend more money and time lying about one another instead of articulating how voting for them is the right decision?”

Abdul-Jabbar points out that just 16 states consider making false political statements a crime and that a federal judge in Ohio decided that criminalizing over misleading or false statements infringed on free speech.

The Hall of Fame center known for the “sky hook” wrote that in Mitt Romney’s 2011 Presidential campaign, he edited a clip from President Obama’s 2008 campaign against John McCain to make it seem as if Obama said, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

“That was a lie,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “The President’s actual comment stated that ‘Senator McCain said, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ Subtle, yet effectively misleading people in order to steer them away from President Obama.”

Abdul-Jabbar’s criticism was not limited to Republicans.

“The Democrats are guilty too, as they spent nearly twice the amount of money Republicans did on advertisements that focused on convincing seniors that Republicans were trying to take away their Medicare benefits.

“Lying isn’t the only tool that politicians use to skew the votes in their favor. Shorter voting hours, voter identification laws, and redistricting are different ways that politicians try to influence voter outcome. Shorter hours make it increasingly difficult for people who can’t afford to leave work to get to the polls in time. Voter I.D. laws, in theory, are to protect against the ultra-rare cases of voter fraud. Redistricting is where the district lines are redrawn in order to encircle the area that would give the candidate a favorable advantage.”

He added his call to action is about “holding the men and women in public office to a higher standard. Instead of preying on the weak and disadvantaged, allow the voting process to be fair for all citizens. Sneakily silencing voters is a crime against America and the freedoms we boast so proudly.”

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4 thoughts on “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Angered Over Misleading Political Ads

  1. John Lindsay says:

    Right on, write on, Jabbar!

  2. Viner Manfoot-Greene says:

    Absolutely correct. Freedom of speech has been reduced to ruthless lies which damage our democracy, and is nothing more than glorified and glamorized terrorism from within. It is premeditated strategy, which targets and feeds the hunger of those most vulnerable, inflames those most hurt and angry, incites the unhealthy, and harbors the wealthy and powerful. We project to the world a democracy model which is corrupt, for sale, corroded, treacherous, depraved and indifferent to its own citizens health, welfare, and morality. It has recently suppressed the spirit of freedom and pride to compete apathy. Still even the poorest of American lives better than much of the worlds' populations.

    America's ideals and way of life oh so seductive, stirring such strong emotions and desire beckons and lures those from all corners of the world to be a part, or to destroy it.

    The constitution, a recipe for a perfect nation, so beautiful a cord it shines through all we do, it binds use together, united to one another; to achieve its promise beyond the evil which seeks to destroy its own unity. In God we Trust, blessed this nation, and the light keepers of the dream shall never be extinguished.

  3. So true, manipulating the mind s of the voter's is a crime! This has been going on too long and I agree that people must take action and hold those in public office to a higher standard.

  4. I believe visuals, what you see, can be just as powerful statements. Sometimes words don't express what really is.

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