"...I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me..." [Deuteronomy 5:8-10]

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

John McCain - "That One" "Kill Him"

Here we see John McCain's utter disdain for Barack Obama, and what this has led to amongst his supporters.

Edit: Oops. Just realized that in this case the McCain supported shouted "terrorist" and not "kill him". My bad. Heard it wrong. The "kill him" line was from a Palin rally. Sorry for the confusion.

McCain is playing to a dangerous audience with an obviously racist sentiment. Amusingly, tho, even those votes aren't in the bag for him. Ben Smith has this:

"An Obama supporter, who canvassed for the candidate in the working-class, white Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown recently, sends over an account that, in various forms, I've heard a lot in recent weeks.

"What's crazy is this," he writes. "I was blown away by the outright racism, but these folks are f***ing undecided. They would call him a n----r and mention how they don't know what to do because of the economy."

On that note, in case you missed it, here's a incredibly perceptive letter to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from back in September:
"What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review? What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class? What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said "I do" to? What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife after she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization? What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard? What if Obama were a member of the "Keating 5"? What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

— Kelvin LaFond, Fort Worth"
One ironic thing is that I thought, during the nomination process, that Hillary would have had a hard time being elected president. Now it's clear she would have won hands down. The only thing standing in the way of an Obama victory is mud flung from an increasingly erratic and obnoxious McCain camp. It will probably get uglier. Here's hoping it doesn't.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by VNV - appreciate your comment on the Leonard Cohen vid. Yeah - he's a genius.
Nice post on racism in American electoral politics. I've been ranting about that myself. If you stop back, suggest you check the drop down list of categories and have a peek. I tend to be rather less polite about it - a little more angry venting than the well-reasoned letter you reposted on yours.

Cheers. And be sure to enjoy your Guy Fawkes day party this year.

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Republicans, treason and plot
I can so reason plot and treason
Should ever be forgot.

President Barack Obama 08

Anonymous said...

And Senator McCain's rude remark is going to be his undoing, McCain’s Macaca Moment of 2008 … probably not the October Surprise McCain was planning ...