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Hate mongering attacks – Are murders next?

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Governor Palin’s attacks on Sen. Obama are described by many, including myself, as beyond the bounds of legitimacy. They are inspiring hate and possibly violence. What Gov. Palin has been saying is inspiring the same kind of hate and violence that lead to the deaths of Martin Luther King, President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.

According to an Washington Post article,

Barack Obama, she told 8,000 fans at a rally here Monday afternoon, “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist!” This followed her earlier accusation that the Democrat pals around with terrorists. “This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America,” she told the Clearwater crowd. “I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.” The crowd replied with boos.

McCain had said that racially explosive attacks related to Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are off limits. But Palin told New York Times columnist Bill Kristol in an interview published Monday: “I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more.”

Worse, Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
Of course, Obama never promised to cut taxes for people at $10,000-a-plate lunches in air-conditioned tents on waterfront compounds. And the crowd — among them New York Jets owner Woody Johnson — reacted without applause to Palin’s Joe Six-Pack lines. After they didn’t strike up the usual “Drill, baby, drill” or “USA” chants, Palin, rattled, read hurriedly through the rest of her speech.

The reception had been better in Clearwater, where Palin, speaking to a sea of “Palin Power” and “Sarahcuda” T-shirts, tried to link Obama to the 1960s Weather Underground. “One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers,” she said. (“Boooo!” said the crowd.) “And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, ‘launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,’ ” she continued. (“Boooo!” the crowd repeated.)

“Kill him!” proposed one man in the audience.

I am appalled by her hate-mongering stump speeches that cause racial epithets as that which was directed towards an African American network sound man and violent comments of “Kill him” towards either the candidate or any other other American citizen.

A few weeks ago a hate group, named The Clarion Fund produced and paid for a DVD entitled Obsessions advocating hate of Muslims, delivered the DVD to every resident of swing states. The DVD advocates hate of every single Muslim. It calls every American Muslim terrorists and radicals. As a result of the hate mongering caused by that DVD, a mosque was attacked in which many women and small children were injured.

Is this where our citizenry has devolved? Are we now into hate mongering to win an election?

If that truly is the case, then my ancestors who settled this land in the 1600s and gave their blood during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War would be turning over in their graves. We all owe our ancestors better than the hate-mongering of Sarah Palin and her neo-con advisers.

No election is worth inciting violence and hate. And if John McCain, who has been a victim of the same kind of hate mongering, does not understand that the most fundamental American principle is “equality for all” then he deserves to lose this election. Moreover, he deserves to be resoundingly rebuked by his electorate.

Hatred and the incitement to violence have no part in American politics.

I say, Shame on you, John McCain.

By your acquiescence to those hate-filled tactics to win an election, you have destroyed your dearly held honor — the honor you fought so dearly to resurrect with the McCain-Feingold Bill following the Keating 5 debacle — and your integrity as a man who can be trusted to do the right thing for every citizen of this this Great Country.

As an American citizen whose roots stem back to the very earliest days of this democratic Republic, I am ashamed of the hate-mongering campaign you have deliberately chosen to run.

We, the American people, deserve better from a Presidential candidate. We deserve better from our Presidential candidate than a campaign of hatred which divides our people along racial lines. We, the American people, deserve a campaign based on principles and ethics and honesty and inclusion. Not a campaign of exclusion and hatred and violence.

I say it again: I am ashamed of you!


Written by Valerie Curl

October 8, 2008 at 5:07 AM

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