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Friday, October 10, 2008

Wow... This is McCain Style Leadership??? No Thanks.

McCain and Palin in the last week have managed to scare me. Not of our Government like Bush was so adept at doing, no they now have me literally frightened of my neighbors, friends, anyone who participates in the lynch mobs McCain has created at his rallies in the last week both here in Wisconsin and in Minnesota...

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:

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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).


leonel said...

Indeed - McCain sure has created a mess of things.. and that's putting it way too politely. ;)

jimspice said...

This campaign from the very beginning of the primaries, from who decided to run, to who made it through, was an obvious choice of the electorate to move to the left after the Bush years. I was actually actually quite happy with the GOP field, relatively speaking, with at least three of them fairly moderate and willing to work across party lines.

If only McCain had recognized the people's wishes (in a collective sentiment sort of way) and fought for the center instead of pandering to the right, we may have had a very different election on our hands.


Crazy Politico said...

Wow. That's all I have to say about your post. What is it, anyone who questions Obama's policies, politics, or priorities is a racist? I hated those same policies, priorities, and politics when John Kerry ran on them 4 years, ago, and Al Gore 4 years before him.

Obama promised a new "post partisan" honest campaign, and has lied through out it. Even the NY Times of all papers called him out on his ads about McCain's stem cell position and health care plan.

Until he proves otherwise, Obama is another standard run of the mill liberal who'd like more out of my pocket to buy the votes of others. It doesn't matter what color his skin is, it's his politics and polices I hate.

Michael J. Cheaney said...

Lynch mobs you say? Thats funny. I don't remember hearing of anyone getting lynched at a McCain rally.

Could you please back up this wild accusation with some facts?

Michael J. Cheaney
Pewaukee WI.

Crazy Politico said...

Michael, no there is no proof. The whole idea is a bunch of people start making the claim and give it life, and after a while it's just accepted as fact, as opposed to questioned.

Kind of like Obama's resume being one worthy of being President. He's actually done nothing of note in either public or private life.

SBindrim said...

What a bunch of horse shit. You can just feel the hate and contempt coming from this blog. What Crawford is basically saying is if you disagree with Obama you are a racist. I am sooo tired of the race card. It is frankly get old and tiresome.

Obama is more socialist then democrat and that is why I can never vote for him.

The only lynch mobs I have seen lately is those going after Palin and people like JT Harris who disagree openly with Obama.

Roland Melnick said...

Were you at the McCain rally you claim to know so much about?

To invoke such a ridiculous comparison is an insult to people who actually lived in fear of real lynch mobs.

Glad to see a high level official at the top of an organization that claims to stand for the rights of "Americans" have such a firm grasp of reality and historical perspective.

NO U (lolololololololol) said...

Ah skeet skeet... but seriously, if anyone's racist it's you. It's like you are saying James T. Harris is a racist against his own people... using your flawed and sheer irrational logic only proves that you should therefore acknoledge your own racism against white people then because you support Obama. Racism is a two way street Madame Sellout. Perhaps you have a bit of self-hate yourself AKA "white guilt".

Love, your Christian and fellow cracker whom you apparently hate due to mere skin pigments that tend to be rather peachy in coloring...

"NO U"

mamma bear said...

I am so sick of the rantings of radical liberals! "Angry Mob"? Were you there? I know you weren't. I was and it was the farthest thing from an angry mob. I did see an angry mob that day of Obama supporters outside. The questions and comments of the supporters were not that of senator McCain's they were individual opinions, kind of like yours. Oh and the race thing... Race, by definition is a group of people, regarded by THEMSELVES or by others, as distinct from others based on physical appearance. You are 'playing the race card', race has not been an issue from the conservative side, you are segregating yourself Ms. Crawford. Is it not hypocritical with the way you are treating Mr. Harris? You know what's scary? The extreme liberal views in this election, driving around seeing all the Obama signs on my street, the possibility of Obama being president, now that is scary!!

georgia said...

You know what's really scary about this election MamaBear?


Because WE ALL get to vote - and voice our OPINIONS and hope/pray OUR candidate wins.

YOU get to write your opinion here - on this blog Renee puts out here for all of us to see - read - and either agree or disagree with.... and look at this! I can even 'answer' comments too! Thanks Renee!

November 5 there will be a NEWLY ELECTED president.

I'm casting my vote absentee (because I am a poll worker - not at my polling place) and I will vote my conscience. I will vote for Obama/Biden because I believe they are the better candidates... they are more in tune with middle America than those on the Republican ticket (c'mon - NOT KNOWING HOW MANY HOMES YOU OWN???)

You - MamaBear - can vote for whichever candidate you opt.

VOTE - because YOUR future is at stake.
VOTE - because YOUR heirs future is at stake.

WE all have voices. VOTE!!!!!!

Unless (of course) MamaBear, you can't vote for an out of touch senior and his talking Sarah Doll.... then just stay home and let the electing to us. We don't mind doing the job of electing a LEADER. Really. Stay home.....

Crawford's Take said...

skeet skeet--

Well, I guess that tells me how much you read my blog....

My mother's white and my father's black, so you are sadly mistaken when you say I don't love my people (ALL of them!)...

You're really hysterical as a matter of fact. Having the unique perspective of being bi-racial, I've been raised to not hate anyone based on appearances. In fact, I really don't hate anyone! Not even Harris even though he sent his attack dogs after me... I can disagree, I can dislike his words, opinions and even his anger and hatred, but I NEVER said, I hated him or anyone else!

Where do you guys get this crazy stuff from? It really boggles my mind...