Personal Attack Ad…Against Myself!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the receiving end of a personal attack ad? I have. During the 2006 campaign, I thought it would be fun to write my own personal attack ad…against myself! Like many attack ads, everything I wrote about myself was (is) technically true but lacked context (the full context of each charge can be found by following the links).

I found the exercise to be very cathartic and enjoyable. I highly recommend you try it sometime! Feel free to write your own personal attack ad against yourself or write your own against me in the comments section of this post.

Now, cue the unflattering grainy black and white video with dreary music and enjoy my personal attack ad:

Who is Stephen Littau and why can’t we trust him?

For starters, he often advocates ending the war on drugs, suspending drug raids on suspected dealers, and repealing mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenders. He has even gone as far as to defend a man who shot and killed a police officer who was simply serving a lawful search warrant.

But that’s not all…

Stephen Littau once wrote “Go ahead and call me an infidel, I will readily embrace this label” and that “an end of faith is way overdue.” Do we really want to put our trust in such a Godless heathen?

Not if you want to defend marriage, the flag, and traditional family values. Stephen Littau opposed the Defense of Marriage Amendment and the Flag Desecration Amendment. He also wants to take God off our currency, out of the Pledge of Allegiance, and remove religious monuments such as the Ten Commandments from government property using the tired old “wall of church and state” argument.

Stephen Littau is so morally depraved that he considers selfishness a “virtue” and wants to eliminate social welfare and entitlement programs leaving Americans to fend for themselves. Stephen Littau wants us to believe that such selfish attitudes are actually compassionate by allowing people to suffer from their poor choices.

Let’s be sure not to suffer from this bad choice. This November, send Stephen Littau a clear message:

Yes to the war on drugs!
Yes to religion in government!
Yes to defending marriage, the flag, and the Ten Commandments!
Yes to a compassionate government!
And No to the secular philosophy and dangerous ideas of Stephen Littau!

  • thomasblair

    Very clever. The irony would be that if you ever did run for office (I forget, are you an anarchist or minarchist?) your opponent would piss himself giddy to find that you had already done all his smear ad legwork.

  • Stephen Littau


    I consider myself somewhere between Libertarian and Objectivist (if there is such a thing).

    If I ever did run for office (which is unlikely), you’re right, my opponents would most certainly find this ad and use it against me. In that case, I would be more than happy to explain myself. I have nothing to hide.

  • Jeff Molby

    Actually, this might be a very effective way to neuter such attacks. Just run a response ad that accuses him of plagiarism. That should stir up enough discussion for you to explain yourself and it would end up making him sound pretty stupid.

    Reminded me of this…

    This guy ain’t no motherfucking MC,
    I know everything he’s got to say against me,
    I am white, I am a f***ing puck,
    I do live in a trailor with my mum,
    My boy Future is an uncle tom,
    I do have a dumb friend named cheddar Bob
    who shoots himself in the leg with his own gun…
    I did get jumped, by all six of you chumps…
    And Wink did f*** my girl,
    I’m still standing here screaming f*** the free world!

  • Andrew Espenlaub


    I’m not sure there is a thing in between Libertarian and Objectivist, not because they are diametrically opposed. Exactly the opposite–the principles of Objectivism lead to the Libertarian political philosophy. One cannot be Libertarian without accepting Objectivism (at least implicitly) and one cannot be a true Objectivist without being a Libertarian (in the literal sense of the word: a person who supports personal liberties). I assume you have an Ayn Rand collection. Given that, you probably have “Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand” also. The chapter entitled “Government” makes this point particularly well.

    A fellow Objectivist,
    -Andrew Espenlaub

  • Doug Mataconis

    I had no idea I was consorting with such a controversial figure ;)

  • Sandy

    What an interesting idea! I’m there, too, and was wondering how it worked for you (besides being personally cathartic)? Did you encounter any risky downsides?

  • Stephen Littau


    Is that from 8 Mile?

    I thought you would appreciate this video I found on Its a freestyle rap battle translated into proper English.

  • Stephen Littau


    As far as downsides, I was a little concerned when I entered the job market recently. I did a google search on my name and my personal attack ad was the first item listed!

    There are times that I have wondered if I should use a pen name rather than my real name when I blog. On the other hand, I am not ashamed of my views so if someone has a problem with something I’ve posted, that’s their problem.

    In any event, what’s done is done. I realize that anything I publish will potentially be in cyberspace forever. Though I have changed my views on certain issues over the last 4 years of blogging, there isn’t anything I’ve written that I regret.

  • Jeff Molby

    Yeah, it was the final battle. Sorry about the curse I forgot to censor. Feel free to scrub it.

    Awesome vid.

  • Stephen Littau

    No problems Jeff. We’re all adults here :)

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