(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign. What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.
During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.
As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.
The latest in unfortunate racism on display, this time at a Palin campaign stop today:
h/t NCDem Amy
The McCain camp responds:
“Congressman John Lewis’ comments represent a character attack against Governor Sarah Palin and me that is shocking and beyond the pale,” McCain said. “The notion that legitimate criticism of Senator Obama’s record and positions could be compared to Governor George Wallace, his segregationist policies and the violence he provoked is unacceptable and has no place in this campaign.”
McCain then goes on to demand an apology from Obama. Yes. I’m serious.
And here’s the Obama camp’s response:
“Senator Obama does not believe that John McCain or his policy criticism is in any way comparable to George Wallace or his segregationist policies. But John Lewis was right to condemn some of the hateful rhetoric that John McCain himself personally rebuked just last night, as well as the baseless and profoundly irresponsible charges from his own running mate that the Democratic nominee for President of the United States ‘pals around with terrorists.’ “
Meanwhile, last night on Rachel, Doris Kearns Goodwin compared McCain and Palin rallies to 1930’s Hitler events.
Yes. I’m serious.
Doris. Kearns. Goodwin. That nice little professor lady who writes about Lincoln and has that calm demeanor of someone who’d give you cookies and milk while explaining to you the in and outs of the controversy surrounding the wording of the 14th Amendment.
When Doris Kearns Goodwin starts comparing your campaign rallies to Hitler-style events, you haven’t just jumped the shark in the area of racism and politics. You’ve jumped the tank the shark is in. You’ve jumped the aquarium that houses the tank.
You’ve jumped the friggin’ city that sports the aquarium.