Friday, October 10, 2008

Kill the Terrorist!

Lot’s of people besides me are noticing that the McCain camp’s Obama bashing is leading to weird and dangerous, undemocratic, un-American hate-mongering. “Terrorist!” “Kill him!” etc, called out unchallenged at meetings of the true believers.

Senator McCain's campaign sent out a statement to reporters defending the remarks of its crowd members.

"Barack Obama's attacks on Americans who support John McCain reveal far more about him than they do about John McCain. It is clear that Barack Obama just doesn't understand regular people and the issues they care about," read a statement from spokesman Brian Rogers. "Even worse, he attacks anyone who dares to question his readiness to serve as their commander in chief in chief. Raising legitimate questions about record, character and judgment are a vital part of the Democratic process, and Barack Obama's effort to silence and shame those who seek answers should make everyone wonder exactly what he is hiding."

This is the sheerest kind of crap, and living proof that they have nothing to say. It is also playing with fire. If anything happens to Obama, they should be named as accessories, or charged with incitement to riot.

A reporter, Frank Schaeffer penned a solemn and critical column (first published in the Baltimore Sun) personally addressed to McCain himself: "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."

If Obama wins, which it looks like he will unless the Republicans steal it somehow, it will be interesting to see what the Hannity/Limbo/O’Reilly/Gingrich crowd does. My guess is, go right into Hate/Disrespect/Hinder mode, like they did with Clinton.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The lesson for Americans suffused with anxiety and dread over the crackup of the financial markets is that the way you vote matters, that there are real-world consequences when you go into a voting booth and cast that ballot.
For the nitwits (ie, RC) who vote for the man or woman they’d most like to have over for dinner, or hang out at a barbecue with, I suggest you take a look at how well your 401(k) is doing, or how easy it will be to meet the mortgage this month, or whether the college fund you’ve been trying to build for your kids is as robust as you’d like it to be.