Fanning the Flames of Hatred

13Oct08

Just as the dry winds can stoke the flames of fires around Los Angeles, McCain and Palin (mostly Palin) have created an inferno of hatred among their supporters.  Check out the video below:

Listen closely to the tones in their voices.  The combination of desperation (their candidate of choice is losing) and fear of the unknown – whether it be racism, fear of terrorism, or pure ignorance – have created a perfect storm at this particular Pennsylvania rally.  

Listen closely to their words.  The lies and confusion has to be coming from somewhere.  Palin and McCain have been trying to equate Obama’s relationship to Ayers as proof that he’s connected with terrorism.  While most rational people would immediately question how much someone running for president could possibly coordinate with a real terrorist, the false connection in the case has given legitimacy to these people’s previously unfounded fears of Obama.   

Even though the “terrorist connection” is to a white American, this crowd has rushed to equate a black American Senator with Osama bin Laden.  And to top it off, these folks in the video seem to be at the end of their ropes ready to lash out.  It’s gone so far that threats of violence against Obama have been caught on tape at these events.

I hope that this is just a small anomaly among the base that supports McCain/Palin.  I can only hope that the rational supporters are perhaps too busy or too uninterested to attend the rallies, and what we’re seeing here is the bottom of the barrel.  We’ve got too many problems to solve to be resulting to these types of outbursts.

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