I don't even blame James T Harris for his outrageous statements yesterday in Waukesha... Had I been the only black person in that angry psychotic lynch mob, I may have stood up and started shouting crazy stuff too, except that I know Harris, a Thomas Sowell wannabe with less style, actually does believe that crap he was screaming insanely which is why, by the way, he reminded me yesterday of a Dave Chappelle character, named Clayton Bigsby.
Mr. Bigsby was a blind, black, white supremacist in a Chappelle skit who didn't know he was black and preached horrible racism to all white lynch mobs in a white robe and hood, so they didn't know he was black either. Bigsby had a group of white white supremacists who went out of their way to keep their best orator and writer's secret from both he and his supporters. Hmmm... Kind of reminds me of someone else... Charlie Sykes, I think his name is...
Honestly, that's what Harris reminded me of yesterday in that angry mob. I'd attach a video of the Bigsby skits, but they aren't on YouTube which is probably just fine anyway. For those of you not privy to the joy of having a black racist shill for the GOP in your community or unfamiliar with James T Harris, here's his website. Harris calls for the lynch mob to go bat shit wild while the mob around him cheers insanely. It's scary shit.
The scariness of the lynch mobs (yes, that what they were and that's what they are...) and if you were there, you got a taste of what it was like to bring your children to a park on a sunny Sunday afternoon after church in the South 75 years ago and watch a black man be hanged for the afternoon entertainment while you screamed and shouted and cheered as he strangled to death in front of your children, and enjoyed your lemonade and barbecue ribs and greens and cornbread.
That's what it was like to be part of the crowd. To not speak up for decency to not speak out against the racism around you. I bet in your gut, you were a little scared yourself in that crowd weren't you? You felt the mob mentality and know what it's like to go along with it because your leaders didn't stop it, so it must be okay.
Then it got worse. More cries of terrorist and kill him and bomb Obama and finally after fanning the flames of racism, terrorism, hatred, fear and really dangerous mob mentality for a week, McCain finally got it this afternoon. It was too late. It is too late.
McCain has found the ugliest part of our culture. He's tapped into the hatred in this country that has simmered since the Civil War and he's brought it to the surface in all its horrifying glory. What's really scary is that McCain did this deliberately.
The journalist G.L. Godkin wrote in 1893:
That's what happened in Wisconsin and Minnesota this week. That's what my neighbors participated in and that scares the fuck* out of me! Especially since I'm quite sure they didn't even KNOW what was happening around them. That's how easy it is. That's how easy it is to get caught up in mob anger and rage.
Man is the one animal that is capable of getting enjoyment out of the torture and death of members of its own species. We venture to assert that seven-eighths of every lynching part is composed of pure, sporting mob, which goes...just as it goes to a cock-fight or prize-fight, for the gratification of the lowest and most degraded instincts of humanity.
Palin has added something to this campaign that is really disgusting.
So McCain has shown who he is adept at leading. The scary people in this world who hate anyone who's not exactly like them. Great. That's just what this country needs right now. More hatred, anger and rage focused on a man who just wants to bring this country out of the shadows of the Bush years and into the light of a new age in America. A rage on Obama deliberately focused on the fact that his father had more melanin in his skin because that's always what's worked in a crisis... Tearing our country to pieces with a race war...
This isn't funny any more. McCain has gone too far. America must reject him simply for this reason alone now.
Think I'm an over-reacting liberal nutbag? Well this conservative nutbag. A man who's father defined the word conservative for 50+ years. A man who wrote a speech for McCain a few short months ago has had enough as well.
Think I'm out of control?
Check out Christopher Buckley's endorsement of Barack Obama last week (yes, William F.'s son). Note he's not in this article denouncing the conservative movement so well defined by his father. He's only denouncing the insanity that has become this campaign and saying that he can no longer support McCain because of his ridiculous decision making, outrageous choice of VP and his dwindling well, let Christopher speak for him self:
But that was—sigh—then. John McCain has changed. He said, famously, apropos the Republican debacle post-1994, “We came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us.” This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?
I can't agree with Mr. Buckley more. (Note for 25 years I have never thought I could ever find a reason to say those words... LOL! I agree with a Buckley! Ahhh. Times they are a changing aren't they?)
Oh but Mr. Buckley goes on to talk about Barack eloquently:
So if Buckley and Brooks, Noonan, and Sullivan are all sliding off the McCain bandwagon, what will it take for the rest of the thinking conservatives to admit that the train has crashed on the McCain campaign and Obama truly is the best choice to elect president in a few short weeks.
But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves. If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.
Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.
So, I wish him all the best. We are all in this together. Necessity is the mother of bipartisanship. And so, for the first time in my life, I’ll be pulling the Democratic lever in November. As the saying goes, God save the United States of America.
Or are they all just too pig-headed and racist to get there? If the well versed GOP establishment has rejected the McCain campaign than we can see why the McCain campaign had to turn to the hatred faction of the party to hang on to any chance of winning.
I just wanna ask you John. Did you really have to make me scared to leave my house in the morning to win this campaign? Was it really necessary to turn my neighbors in Wisconsin into raging hate mongers??? Did you really have to appeal to the most frightening instincts of our clannish animalistic lizard brains? Did you HAVE to go there???
IF I was let into a rally and IF someone actually gave me the mic, those would be MY questions. Of course, I no longer even have the courage to enter that mob, so that's not going to happen... way to bring the country together John. Nice work. I hope you're proud of yourself...
(*Note this is the first time I've used that word on this blog, but really, sometimes there is NO other word).