Friday, October 10, 2008

This message

As I write this, I'm watching a commercial that says Barack Obama works with terrorists... I'm John McCain, and I approve this message.

McCain's attacks fuel dangerous hatred
By Frank Schaeffer

John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.

At a Sarah Palin rally, someone called out, "Kill him!" At one of your rallies, someone called out, "Terrorist!" Neither was answered or denounced by you or your running mate, as the crowd laughed and cheered. At your campaign event Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa., the crowd was seething with hatred for the Democratic nominee - an attitude encouraged in speeches there by you, your running mate, your wife and the local Republican chairman.


John McCain: In 2000, as a lifelong Republican, I worked to get you elected instead of George W. Bush. In return, you wrote an endorsement of one of my books about military service. You seemed to be a man who put principle ahead of mere political gain.
You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate...

John McCain and Sarah Palin, you are playing with fire, and you know it. You are unleashing the monster of American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us. You are doing this in wartime. You are doing this as our economy collapses. You are doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.


Sara said...

I know this is really really bad to say, but I'm so sick of this political season that I don't want to vote for either one. At first I'm all excited about debates and issues and being informed. And then everyone starts getting mad, and unfairly judging and flat out making stuff up. And then I get so I don't think anyone is telling the truth and don't trust either one... and then I don't want to vote.

Of course I will. But I just hate the way this process always ends.

.j.william. said...

there were interesting clips of McCain played on NPR this morning where he was actually starting to defend Obama against some of the outlandish remarks made by hooligans in the crowds.

Hopefully, it's articles like this that help him see the danger of inciting the crowd. Playing with fire, indeed.

Sara said...

Woman, you so get the award for best comment on my blog today. (Don't get all excited, there's no prize.) If you didn't complain on your blog where in the world would I go to feel like I can bitch about politics?

I just told someone yesterday that I can't let my brothers know what I'm thinking... they would stage an intervention and make me listen to hours of Rush Limbaugh.

I think we've both had enough headaches this week for that one. :)

Anyway... you totally made me laugh this morning. Thanks.

Maria said...

I know that McCain finally did something decent by defending Obama (about FUCKING TIME) but I have yet to see Sarah Palin lift a finger on the subject. I wonder what she will do when one of her rabid followers decides to actually TRY to kill Obama? Will she wink and say "I betcha didn't really mean to do that, didja?"

Honestly, Palin is just stomach churning.

And do you think you will ever be able to get rid of your blasted word verification, T? I am OLD and I can't read those stupid letters...

MmeBenaut said...

Good to know that you're watching closely Terroni and thanks for bring this to our attention.

I remember that Israeli peace broker and former PM, Yitzak Rabin, was assassinated by a Jew.

In our country, we have laws against inciting racial hatred and I'm sure we have some against inciting violence too. It's a sorry thing when these people think that dirty tactics will win the voters that have a brain! One can only hope that there's a good turn out of thinking people on election day.

The frightening thing is that there are so many guns in America and so many who have easy access to them. Our strict gun laws are one of the reasons I feel so safe in Australia.

Amanda said...

ugghh... politics gross me out

dive said...

Yup; it's going to be a disgusting few weeks and any remaining dregs of respect the US might have had amongst its erstwhile allies is being torn apart by the sight of Republican party supporters displaying bigotry, race hatred and pure, arrogant ignorance on the screens of the world's televisions.
Shame indeed. If they get in the US will be a pariah state.