"The McCain-Palin ticket has given toxic speeches accusing Obama of being a friend of terrorists, then released short, meek repudiations of some of the rough stuff, including McCain’s call Friday to "be respectful." Back in February, the Arizona senator apologized for the "disparaging remarks" from a talk-radio host who sneered repeatedly about "Barack Hussein Obama" before a McCain rally. "We will have a respectful debate," McCain insisted afterward. But pretending to douse flames that you are busy fanning does not qualify as straight talk.
What I find most unconscionable is the refusal of the McCain-Palin tandem to publicly condemn the cries of "traitor," "liar," "terrorist" and (worst of all) "kill him!" that could be heard at recent rallies. McCain is perfectly capable of telling hecklers off. But not once did he or his running mate bother to admonish the people yelling these obscene — and potentially dangerous — words. They may not have been able to hear the slurs at the rallies, but surely they have had ample time since to get on camera and warn that this sort of ugliness has no place in an election season. But they have not. Simply calling Obama "a decent person" is not enough. " Washpost
Something happened that caused McCain to rebuke a woman at a rally who fumbled in frustration for words and then called Obama an "Arab." McCain drew back from that and insisted to her that his opponent was a "decent man, a family man, with whom I disagree on some things." The mob did not like that. It hissed and cried out in frustration when denied its leader in hatred. The mob had a right to be confused. McCain had made no previous objection to this kind of talk. The mob was puzzled. Appeals to hatred of the "other" have been occurring at his rallies for a couple of weeks. Something must have happened to change his attitude. Did the Secret Service object to this incitement of violence? Did some saner soul amongst the Republicans object? Something happened.
The McCain/Palin base is now revealed as essentially nativist and "know nothing."
They howl for Obama’s blood.
This is not Conservatism. Barry Goldwater would be dismayed.
It is now clear that for many people in the United States, foreigners are indistinguishable in their variety. East Asians, Muslim/Arabs, Africans, Europeans, and Latinos are the groups into which a lot of people sort "the other." Canadians are generally thought to be shamming their foreignness.
For that woman in the upper Mid-West who fumbled for a word with which to describe Obama, the people who attacked us on 9/11 were Arab/Muslim/Black/terrorists. For her there are no separate nations or countries in the Middle East and if there were, the differences among them would be unimportant. For this woman, the idea is unattainable that there could be Arab Christians or a man who is; half black African, half white American, and a Christian. The fact that he has an Arabic and Muslim middle name but is not an Arab or a Muslim is unapproachable for such people. People like that are dangerous and there are a lot of them.
Someone will now protest that "Hussein" is a Swahili name. Yeah? So what. Like a lot of words in Swahili it is a loan word from Arabic, as is the word "Swahili" itself. "Hussein" is not a Muslim name? Baloney! I have been around a lot and have never met anyone with the given name, Hussein, who was not a Muslim, but that does not make Barack Obama a Muslim. He did not name himself.
And what if he were a Muslim? What if he were a Jain, or a Sikh or a Baptist? (The Baptist part was a joke.)
In any event. McCain should get his dogs under control. He is truly playing with fire. pl