Friday, October 10, 2008

McCain's dangerous campaign tactics parallel hate-mongering that preceeded JFK's fateful trip to Dallas

McCain-Palin are treading on very dangerous ground by falsely tying Barack Obama to domestic terrorists and treason and invoking his middle name like a racial slur. They spent the last week stoking fear and trying to destroy Obama by branding him as unpatriotic. Today a psycho at one their rallies said, "I don't trust Obama. I have read about him. He's an Arab." Over the last few days, people have shouted "kill him," "traitor" and "treason" -- McCain & Palin have stood silently by and let it happen. McCain finally tried to quell the crowd today but only after the Secret Service has gotten involved because of potential threats to Obama's life.

Want to know just how dangerous this rhetoric is? On Nov. 21, 1963 in Dallas, right-wing conservatives passed around handbills with convict-style photos of President John Kennedy and the caption: "Wanted for Treason." The next day, Nov. 22, a full-page ad appeared in The Dallas Morning News. A group called the American Fact-Finding Committee demanded to know why the president had "ordered the Attorney General to go soft on communism." The ad included the words "Wanted for Treason" and the mugshot-style photo of Kennedy. Hours later, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

If that doesn't make your blood run cold, it should. By whipping crowds into a fevered frenzy, McCain's sleaze-bag campaign is one step away from the edge of no return. Let's hope McCain musters up one decent bone in his body and puts a stop to it before something unthinkable happens.


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