Hate-Mongering in the McCain Campaign

In Politics on October 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm

I was thinking today that it has been forty years since the seminal year 1968–and barely anyone is talking about it. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were both assassinated in that year, acts which reverberated around the world and heightened civil rights and anti-war tensions in the U.S.  So it has been forty years since a national political figure was assassinated in this country. The reason I was thinking about this was because of the hate-mongering that has been going on in the McCain-Palin campaign for the past couple of weeks.

Joan Walsh, editor-in-chief of Salon, in her October 11th post on (see “John McCain’s Dishonorable Campaign“) cites the worries of even some McCain supporters that his campaign tactics are engendering a climate of violence. I worry about that, too. It may be extreme to think that Obama could be the target of an assassin’s bullet, but no one expected that in the ’60s either.

I think it is irresponsible as well as morally repugnant for McCain and Palin to be stirring up such sentiments. The FBI has been investigating death threats against Obama for months now.  So far the official line is that there have been no credible threats, but the mere utterance of the words: “That n*****, if he gets elected, I’ll assassinate him myself” is alarming. If we’ve learned anything from the shootings at Virginia Tech last year, and others like them, it is that we should take such threats seriously.

It’s not that McCain and Palin are advocating violence, but they are doing nothing to quell it. In fact, it seems to be a tactic that they’re using to stir up anti-Obama sentiment at their rallies. My question is, why are they spending so much energy doing so, instead of talking about what they would do for our country if they were elected. Is it because they don’t really have anything to tell us?

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