Obama The Terrorist
I was appalled to see the Republican Party faithful at a campaign rally for Senator John McCain and his running mate Governor Sarah Palin calling for the death of Senator Barack Obama. People from the crowd yelled such things like kill him, off with his head, and he’s a terrorist. People accuse the Democratic Party’s nominee of being an Arab or a Muslim or of palling around with terrorists. The latest commercials that come with Mr. McCain’s seal of approval describe Mr. Obama with such terms as he’s dangerous and suspicious. Now I understand it’s standard procedure for people running for public office to do their best to call into question the character of their political opponent. But it appears that this is being taken to new heights with the McCain Palin campaign and the insiders in the Republican Party.
Mr. Obama had to respond to the inexperience early in his formal bid for the White House. Mr. Obama’s own vice presidential running mate, Senator Joe Biden, has said that Mr. Obama did not have enough experience to be President. Senator Hillary Clinton and hubby former President Bill Clinton had dismissed Mr. Obama with comments that question his ability to work the system. At one point, Ms. Clinton said that she and her Republican opponent had a history of political accomplishments and that Mr. Obama had little more than a speech he wrote. Mr. Obama weathered that criticism to become the Democratic nominee. And Mr. McCain was too happy to pick up the criticism where Mr. Obama’s Democratic rivals left off.
But the one thing that the prolonged battle for the Democratic nomination did was to air out practically all of Mr. Obama’s dirty laundry. We’ve already heard about Mr. Obama’s experimentation with illegal substances. We’ve already heard about his affiliation with Bill Ayers. We’ve already heard about his association with Jeremiah Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ. We’ve already heard of his relationship with the real estate developer Tony Rezko. We’ve already heard of all the accusations against his wife Michelle Obama and how she’s just an angry black woman who has never been proud of her country until her husband became the Democratic nominee. Mr. Obama has faced these accusations and charges and has come through these various storms a better politician. What else is left for Mr. McCain to bring up?
Mr. McCain’s supporters know they cannot win on the issues. Mr. McCain has been too inconsistent in his various responses to the latest upheavals in the country and the world since his nomination. But at the same time, Mr. McCain has been too consistent with his predecessor’s policies to convince the majority of the public that he has a plan for change. Mr. McCain is to political change like vinegar is to honey. The majority of America sees this. The majority of America knows this. And yet, the Republican Party hopeful want to try and pretend that Mr. McCain is the shot in the arm this country needs most.
But the pick of Sarah Palin as Mr. McCain’s running mate was probably the first real nail in Mr. McCain’s presidential hope’s coffin. Suddenly, all the arguments that Mr. McCain made about Mr. Obama’s lack of experience and lack of political accomplishments suddenly flew out the window, and so did some of Mr. McCain supporters. Many of the Republican faithful supported the McCain Palin ticket. But subsequent days of little in the way of political substance from Ms. Palin began to call into question Mr. McCain’s choice. Interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric exposed Ms. Palin as a national political light weight. And the fact that Ms. Palin avoided interviews like Superman avoids kryptonite didn’t help the situation. More people who took an honest evaluation of the situation began to abandon the Republican dark side for the other dark side.
Much, not all, of what remain of the McCain Palin supporters are people who wear their ignorance proudly on their sleeves. People will swear that Mr. Obama’s a Muslim as if that alone is reason to vote for John McCain. Some say he associates with terrorist. Some will make the claim that they don’t know Mr. Obama enough even though he’s been running for President for the past year and a half. But after less than two months as Mr. McCain’s running mate and with just a handful of in depth interviews people feel like they know Ms. Palin as well as they know their next door neighbor. But now they feel that they know the Illinois Senator well enough to call him a terrorist or a Muslim or an Arab or whatever. I saw a video of a man attending a Republican rally saying something to the effect, I don’t know him and I don’t need to know him. Sounds like a man who is proud of his ignorance.
The more moves the McCain Palin ticket makes the more their base erodes and all that’s left are the people who are so stuck in their ways it’s surprising to hear that they ever started using light bulbs. These are the type of people that will say their granddaddy’s granddaddy voted Republican and they’ll be damned if they break tradition. But granddaddy never had to vote in the twenty first century under such circumstances as the ones we face today. People need to start thinking for themselves. When granddaddy voted Republican I’m sure he had his reasons. However, I seriously doubt if it was because his granddaddy’s granddaddy did it. He probably weighed the issues and voted what was best for the country. Too bad granddaddy isn’t here to slap some since in his progenies.