Thursday, October 16, 2008

Huh. Really? Categorically?

If you were a John McCain supporter, would you be categorically proud of your compatriots?

If McCain was being honest -- that he is proud of all of these people -- then he's made a very interesting confession, and given the fact that neither McCain or Palin has denounced the behavior of scores of racists at their rallies (and in fact, McCain, just last night defended them), perhaps people were too quick to dismiss statements made by John Lewis. Some candidates will go to great lengths to win an election, but to go so far as to deliberately feed "the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore" to potentially instigate violence1 is truly disgusting.

1Those would be the words of Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late evangelist Francis Schaeffer and one-time "lifelong Republican". He voted for John McCain in 2000, but no longer supports him, because he believes McCain is no longer the same man:
You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate.

John McCain, you are no fool, and you understand the depths of hatred that surround the issue of race in this country. You also know that, post-9/11, to call someone a friend of a terrorist is a very serious matter. You also know we are a bitterly divided country on many other issues. You know that, sadly, in America, violence is always just a moment away. You know that there are plenty of crazy people out there.

John McCain, you're walking a perilous line. If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters when they scream out "Terrorist" or "Kill him," history will hold you responsible for all that follows.

John McCain and Sarah Palin, you are playing with fire, and you know it. You are unleashing the monster of American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us. You are doing this in wartime. You are doing this as our economy collapses. You are doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.

Change the atmosphere of your campaign. Talk about the issues at hand. Make your case. But stop stirring up the lunatic fringe of haters, or risk suffering the judgment of history and the loathing of the American people - forever.

We will hold you responsible.