Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Palin Still Fear Mongering & Attracting More Racists to Rallies

Anyway the over-heated campaign continues in America as Palin especially appeals to the worst elemements in American society.More anger at Palin/McCain Rally. Obama called an Arab, terrorists, Muslim, Communists, Socialist- connecting Ayers with Obama & Osama Bin Laden & the Economic Crisis because of his association with ACORN etc.

The image below of Obama and a noose beside him is surely beyond a mere disagreement with your opponent as he is seen as such a threat to America that one would even jokingly suggest that Obama be 'Lynched' especially give the history of 'lynching' in America. And the caption calls for a "final solution" as in the Nazis Final Solution for Jews and other undesirables. And there are still some American Conservatives who believe this is merely an expression of free speech. No this is Hate Speech and I believe should be considered a Hate Crime.But Americans seem to believe it is OK to suggest killing or lynching an individual or even a whole people. Those Shock Jocks on radio & TV in America use such incinderary language all the time.

and from blog Feministing :Feministing.comWait, that is actually just old school racism!Samhita - October 14, 2008

and so from Pam's House Blend :This bigot wanted to own it - Obama and a noose
by: Pam Spaulding
Mon Oct 13, 2008

Here we go folks, the frustration of the right wing is in full flower. This one has manifested itself specifically as a defense of the hatemongering McCain/Palin crowds, excusing the behavior as equal somehow to anti-Bush or anti-Palin rhetoric out there. Judge for yourself, from "The Libertarian Conservative," who posted "Enough!" with this image

"The Fucking Solution" and "Asphyxiation: a breathless experience." caption

"who she then quotes:We're at war folks, and I intend to fight this war until my dying breath. We're at war against terrorists that want to destroy this country and everything it stands for and we are war against godless liberals who hate the very values and freedoms that this Nation was founded upon.

I will not submit to a "Political Correct" fascist agenda, which wishes to restrict my freedoms.

You have been warned."

and Pam asks simply: "This is the America that John McCain and Sarah Palin has unleashed. When will they own it?"

And here is another Iconic image of the past couple of weeks. Have a large number of Americans gone insane or are the crazies just coming out of the woodwork.

Isn't this racist? Comparing Obama to a monkey or ape isn't that part of the racist lexicon of their hatred of all blacks.

from October 14, 2008
My Fax to John McCain. Stop engaging hate fans !
by Paul Kruger OPEDNEWS/DailyMail

Hon. Senator John McCain,
I have followed this campaign from day one and am growing ever more concerned with the tactics being used on your behalf, perhaps with your full knowledge.

Your rallies appear to be attracting the worst elements in American Society. Those same elements that would be members of the KKK or of right-wing Nazi sympathizers who accept hate and violence as a "legitimate" means to an end.

What is worse, your running mate, Sara Palin appears to be encouraging this behavior in your name! This would certainly promote the image that she is deliberately inciting hate and racism in the name of the McCain campaign. Rather than making people understand in very clear terms that these claims are false, Palin smiles and let's them believe the lies, even re-affirming the known lies by saying they are not lies?

In an Op-Ed for The Baltimore Sun, Frank Schaeffer writes: "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."-
Is this John McCain's definition of a "respectful" campaign?


Is Sarah Palin Playing with Fire?Oct.14,2008

The McCain campaign insists it is not fanning the flames of racism. But has Sarah Palin gone too far in painting Barack Obama as "the other?" SPIEGEL ONLINE blogger Peter Ross Range thinks she might have.

...But Palin, with plenty of abetment from McCain, has gotten it going again(Obama as not one of usGORD.) with the theme that Obama “is not a man who sees America like you and I see America." She’s selling Obama not as the black, but as the other. This obviously can appeal to racial fears and antagonisms.

It now remains to be seen whether or not the McCain campaign has been sufficiently chastened by the tsunami of criticism of recent days to pull back the attack. He has a chance to do it today in Virginia with the new, "retooled" stump speech he has announced. If he doesn't, however, he should quake in fear of what his legacy will be, no matter how this campaign ends.

Susan Jacoby argues in the article below that if there large numbers of those average white Americans Palin calls fondly "Joe Six Pack "then America is in for a rough ride.

Joe-Six Pack appears to believe poor black people & Hispanics are to blame for theeconomic meltdown in america and Sarah Palin and John McCain are stoking their anger and resentment. So do McCain and Palin want to win at any cost.

The Worst Angels Of Our Nature: Rage And Racism On The Campaign Trail by susan Jacoby/Washington Post Oct. 14, 2008
(Susan Jacoby is the author of The Age of American Unreason.)

Like everyone else, I am worried about the economy and the financial panic I sense around me. But I am absolutely terrified--I tremble for my country--by the rage that has been expressed at Republican campaign rallies during the past two weeks. It is a rage that partakes of the worst forces in American history--xenophobia, racism, anti-intellectualism, religious fanaticism, envy, and utter contempt for truth and reason. Lest anyone suggest that this is a bipartisan phenomenon, I should point out that no one at Obama rallies is calling out for anyone to kill the other candidate. Worst of all is the behavior of Sarah Palin, a candidate for the second highest office in the land who stood on a platform, heard the cries of "treason" and "kill him" after her anti-Obama rant, and said absolutely nothing. She went on with her vile speech as if nothing had happened.

John McCain has belatedly realized that his campaign has unleashed forces that it cannot control; perhaps he came to that realization when he was booed at his own rallies for contradicting supporters who called Obama an "Arab" and a "traitor." Pundits on the left and right (and Barack Obama himself) always preface their acknowledgments of McCain's effort to calm the waters with an obligatory "to his credit." Talk about unearned credit. McCain picked the rabble-rousing Palin as his running mate, and he picked her because she appealed to the far-right Republican base. Her speeches, with their accusation that Obama was "pallin' around with terrorists," followed by attempts to link Sixties' radicals with the 9//11 bombers, leading logically to audience's conclusion that Obama himself may be a terrorist, were certainly cleared by the Rovian McCain campaign strategists. That McCain is now recognizing that he may be inheriting the wind says nothing creditable about him. The least we can expect from respectable candidates is that they decry calls for murder and accusations of treason. You don't deserve a gold star for doing that.
I am afraid, as others are afraid and reluctant to say so, that some unhinged Joe or Jane Six-Pack will pick up a gun and act on the passions aroused at these rallies. How can anyone who came of age in the sixties--whose youth was punctuated by the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy, not be afraid? The ignorant and bellicose governor of Alaska badly needs a history lesson. Most of us demon liberals weren't pallin' around with terrorists during the sixties; what we were doing, too many times in our young lives, was mourning the loss of leaders who did try to speak to the better angels of the American nature.

...The trouble begins with the notion that there is some special wisdom in the virtuous, uneducated Joe Six-Packs of this nation. I met my very own Joe-Six Pack (that's what he called himself) a few weeks ago, and if he exemplifies the purported wisdom of ordinary Americans, we are in trouble that cannot be measured by any decline in the stock market

If Palin and MCain win America will become an even uglier place. If they lose they will claim the election was a fraud. Of course when the Democrats claimed there were irregularities Bush 's administration ignored them and called them poor losers.
And one Conservative for instance claims the liberals /Democrats as usual of whining & complaining & exaggerating and so inventing a phantom enemy. But at the end of his column he state the sam loaded empty headed accusations about Obama paling around with a known unrepetant domestic terrorist . In the end he makes the same accusation as McCain and Palin . We can try to hope that all it is is just a lot of rhetoric.But he forgets the other accusations made that he is called an Arab, a Muslim that his name sounds like Osma Bin Laden that his last name is Hussein, compared to a monkey . possibly born outside the country, that he is somehow repsonsible for the economic crisis in the United States. Not during his defense of the Republicans he also takes one sentence to ressurect Barry Goldwater and claim Goldwater as a victim of a Democratic smear campaign. But he forgets Goldwater appealed to the racist and bigots who were upset by the overturning of their Jim Crow apatheid states by claiming to stand up for states rights. Extremism is a virtue in the defens of liberty is not

Obama's getting off easy by Jonah Goldberg
The GOP would be hitting a white candidate twice as hard.Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14,2008

The Democratic nominee scorned the "prejudice and bigotry and hatred and division" on display in the Arizona senator's campaign. As for his own platform, he said that "we will do all these things because we love people instead of hate them. ... Beware of those who fear and doubt and those who rave and rant about the dangers of progress."

This wasn't last week, but 44 years ago. The Republican from Arizona -- demonized by the entire Democratic and journalistic establishment -- was Sen. Barry Goldwater. And the Democrat, of course, was LBJ.

There are differences between then and now, to be sure. For starters, there was still a great deal of work left to be done on civil rights in 1964 (and John McCain is no libertarian). But even then, the attempt to paint Goldwater as a hate-monger was idiotic and dishonorable.

Obama holds mega-campaign rallies in Berlin, touts his global appeal and says a top foreign policy goal is to get other countries to like us. But it's racist to call him cosmopolitan?

He has nontrivial ties to an unrepentant (and white) former leader of the Weather Underground, a radical leftist organization that sought to kill American soldiers, policemen and politicians. But it's "racist" to bring that up? (If anything, by not attacking Obama's ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and other politically unsavory nonwhite associates, McCain is self-censoring for fear of seeming racist.)

If Obama were a white Democratic nominee named Barry O'Malley, the GOP would be going after him twice as hard. But many liberals would still caterwaul about fomenting hatred and racism, because that's what they always do.

While writer Andrew Lam compares what is happening to John McCain to Shalkespeare's character MacBeth. MacBeth was overly ambitious and so comits murder to become its leader and then turns his country chaos.
The Tragedy of John McCain
By Andrew Lam, New America Media. October 14, 2008.

John McCain's desire to win at any cost has turned this election into a reenactment of MacBeth.

This weekend John McCain turned into John Macbeth. At a rally recently he was confronted with the vitriolic rage of his supporters who screamed "Off with his head!", "Terrorist!" "Traitor!" and, the old lynch mob's favorite, "Kill him!" in reference to Senator Obama. He was repeating his criticism of his presidential candidate rival, but upon hearing those nasty chants the senator cringed and grew perceptibly older, his shoulders drooped.

As he struggled to find the words to pacify the angry horde, McCain went off script. "I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments," he said. "I will respect him and I want everyone to be respectful, and let's make sure we are." The crowd, not surprisingly, booed him.

At that moment the senator seemed to have stepped off American political theater and onto a Shakespearean stage -- McCain as the tragic figure of Macbeth.
Esteemed as a military general for his bravery in battles, Macbeth otherwise harbored kingly ambitions that blinded him. When three witches prophesied that he would be king his wife hatched a plan to put him on the throne. It involved regicide. Macbeth hesitated but Lady Macbeth challenged his manhood until he relented. He murdered King Duncan then killed the king's guards, claiming that they did the killing, took the throne, and proceeded to have his friend, Banquo, who knew about the prophecy, assassinated.

...As critic Kenneth Muir observed of the tragedy, "Macbeth has not a predisposition to murder; he has merely an inordinate ambition that makes murder itself seem to be a lesser evil than failure to achieve the crown." In his desire to be king, Macbeth destroyed the kingdom itself and brought chaos to the moral order. So obsessed is he with his vision to be king, he compromised all that was good about him.

and so it goes,GORD.

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