Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Only Reason This Race is Even Close

An anonymous comment on the thread Fiasco notes the following in response to reports that people in the crowds at Sarah Palin rallies were yelling things like "Kill him" and "terrorist" in response to her declaring that Obama "is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America":
Ed, the secret service went over those tapes and questioned agents there. The crowd was saying "tell him" and "tell them" NOT "kill him". So maybe the crowd was not as fanatic as you think.
While that may be the case for this one rally, the following video of people lined-up to enter another Sarah Palin rally in Johnston, PA, leaves no doubt that the crowds are spewing some of the nastiest, most hateful, and racist rhetoric with no obvious shame or concern about how it reflects on them or their candidate:



This level of blatant racism and dangerous anger will be the birthright of a McCain/Palin administration. If they think they can just shut it off after they win, they are bigger fools than they must think we are to expect us to accept that Palin is even close to qualified to run this country.

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Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with muslims and terrorism. His didacture was to protect him from that. He was a Ba'ath (a religion condemned in all islam republics, and bizarrely condemned by the US until January 2008).


So when you say "Obama Hussein", linking that name to Saddam, Iraq, terrorism, etc, you simply have no idea what you are talking about. USA are tied with rich Saudi muslims who wanted to have Saddam off Iraq so muslims can live in peace (!) and maybe some petrol deals can be made.

Sometimes it's like you have to repeat the most elementary things because you see supporters really linking the name Hussein with terrorism. Or is it just because the name is arab?

Cedric Caspesyan


(by the way, Iraq was the only arab country where homosexuality was legal, until the muslims forced Saddam to change that. I wonder if the gay Saddam in South Parks came from that.)

10/19/2008 05:01:00 AM  
Blogger George said...

Ed,

Sigh, it's frightening. Then I thought about it, what I wrote was too long to post here.

McCain on the Mat
Why is he smiling?

As election day draws near, it becomes increasingly clear, the opposition warriors are desperate with answers eluding their grasp. Sarah's winking on her knees, her plea is quite dramatic, trying anything to please, how far will this desperation grow? Despite frenzied visions of racial fistfights, the robocalls fomenting fear, percentages slip away, far greater fears are holding sway. The nations votes turning blue in an historic and significant way.

The battle is lost, why is he smiling?

...

It's a surprise ending, McCain gets what he wants.

10/19/2008 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger George said...

A bit of justice for the moment...106-year-old voter shares hopes, secrets

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Ann Nixon Cooper, 106 years old, has seen presidents come and go in her lifetime and has outlived most of them. On a sunny fall morning, she left her weathered but well-kept Tudor home in Atlanta, Georgia, to vote early -- this time for Barack Obama.

The African-American centenarian remembers a time not long ago when she was barred from voting because of her race. Now she hopes to see the day that Obama is elected as the nation's first black president.

"I ain't got time to die," Cooper said with a smile.

"Even if he didn't win, I was happy for him just to be nominated," said the former socialite. "The first black president -- isn't that something, at 106 years old?"

...continues

10/20/2008 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger MrMatt said...

There are sadly misinformed and extreme people on both sides of the fence.

I just watched this video and it reminded me of this post so I just wanted to share.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/20/muslim-mccain-fans-confro_n_136203.html

There are actually sane McCain voters! (I was suprised too.)

10/20/2008 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

There are actually sane McCain voters! (I was suprised too.)

I'm not surprised at all by that. I actually like Senator McCain and wish he had been the GOP's candidate in 2000 if they had to win that election. He's simply not the transformative candidate we need now (and his economic plans are truly out of touch).

It is very heartening to see Muslims, not only at McCain's rally (why not, we believe that our religions should not dictate our politics), but to see them stand up to that freak show racist asshole. Thanks for sharing.

10/21/2008 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed, I'm in Ohio working for the Obama campaign and I just had to tell you about some of my strange encounters here. Some people that I've talked to seem to be able to hold onto to their racist beliefs and still vote for Obama. I don't understand it, I would have trouble believing it if I had just read about it, but I'm hearing it straight from the source. Yesterday a guy told me that he was voting for Obama but had plenty of friends who wouldn't vote for a nigger. He used the word quite casually. He was a big yakker and went on to tell me that he was against the $750 billion bailout to "the jewish". Excuse me? Well, they're the ones who own the banks. I told him I'm jewish and no one in my family owns a bank (or a Hollywood studio). He said, well, you're only part jewish. I said, no, both parents and all my grandparents were jewish. I'm jewish. He changed the subject and went on to rant about something else. But HE IS VOTING FOR OBAMA.

It's quite an experience getting out of one's bubble of like-minded thinkers. I found this encounter baffling, but one could look at it this way: If Americans had to confront all their prejudices and stereotypes head on and challenge them and work through them in order to elect Obama, it would never happen. But these people are able to compartmentalize and hold on to their irrational racist beliefs while using the more rational part of their brains to make decisions and act on them. I figure these people are the transitional generation; they hold some ignorant dogma that was instilled in them since childhood, but they will vote in Obama because they are fed up with the way Bush & Co have mismanaged the country, and their children will not think having a black president is anything unusual and will wonder why everyone made such a big deal out of it.

I know it sounds like hype when people say we are experiencing an extraordinary moment of change with this campaign, but I believe it. Canvassing and talking with undecided voters all day is hard work, but I think in the future I will be glad that I came here and witnessed it first hand and was a part of it.

Oriane Stender

10/22/2008 10:58:00 AM  

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