Thursday, October 09, 2008

What If They DO Have a Plan?

What if the current tactics of McCain and Palin, which have been clearly backfiring against them in the polls, which have been resulting in a rising in feverish hostility and overt anger at campaign stops, and which seem, to any sane, rational individual to be scattershot and counter-productive, aren't really about trying to turn the independent and undecided voters McCain's way?

What if we're missing the whole point? What if the entire purpose of sending the womenfolk to do his dirty work, of using the hate speech and subtle racial innuendo and epithets, of invoking the middle name issue, of linking Obama to a now-reformed former terrorist-turned-education professor, is to actually incite the McCain/Palin base... to violence?

John McCain has been doing this for a while. He better than anyone knows what his base is capable of. What if he decided that Obama would be easier to beat if... well, let's just say, if he were out of the race. Permanently.

Or am I just being paranoid?

Before you answer, here are two videos where McCain/Palin supporters, on their way to rallies, declare their belief that if Obama is elected president, the country will be run by a terrorist. A mob mentality is forming within the McCain/Palin base, and both candidates seem totally okay with that.

Secret Service is investigating both the "Terrorist!" shout-out and the "Kill him!" threat. I'm a little surprised that people standing in the vicinity of these incidents haven't come out. (I'm assuming they haven't -- perhaps they have, but the Secret Service hasn't divulged it due to the ongoing investigation). I certainly hope that they would. I know that all Republicans aren't violent and evil. You'd think somebody would have come out against it.

This reminds me of the "pro-life" inciters who encouraged violence against abortion doctors, then, when one was murdered by Eric Rudolph, stood quietly by for FOUR DAYS without a single word disavowing the act. Those people -- the conservative, white Christian fundies, who consider themselves true America-loving Americans -- are these people in the video. And in this article by Daniel Lubetzky, originally published on HuffPost, the scene reminds him of the weeks and months leading up to the assassination of Yitzak Rabin, when ultra-right Israeli radicals roused the rabble continuously until, on November 4th, 1995, one of them killed him. Election Day will be the thirteenth anniversary of Rabin's death, perhaps not coincidentally.

Frankly, it's the "ordinary, small-town people," with their small-town religion, and their small-town values, and their small-town attitudes about race, culture and anything foreign that scare the hell out of me. Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, was born in Herzliya, Israel, population 84,000. Here in America, that qualifies as a fairly small town.


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