Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Clearwater 1933?

From Dana Milbank in the Washington Post:
Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater [FL], arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media."
So, it's the fault of the QUESTIONS? So she thinks interviewers are not supposed to ask questions?
At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
(emphasis mine). Why is this not on national news? Why aren't people reacting with outrage? This isn't democracy in action. This is cynical demagoguery. The article continues:
Palin, speaking to a sea of "Palin Power" and "Sarahcuda" T-shirts, tried to link Obama to the 1960s Weather Underground. "One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers," she said. ("Boooo!" said the crowd.) "And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,' " she continued. ("Boooo!" the crowd repeated.)

"Kill him!" proposed one man in the audience.
Palin did not reprimand the man. When an audience member for a McCain appearance called Obama a terrorist, McCain did not correct him either. They are inciting assassination.

By the way, the New York Times, far from supporting Palin's accusations, pointed out that there is little evidence for any meaningful association between Ayers and Obama, just casual interactions. Indeed Ayers' ties with domestic terrorism are in the distant past. Obama and I are almost the same age. We were children in the 1960s when Ayers was a radical; Obama met him 26 years after the fact. The McCain camp is lying, knowingly and deliberately.

The deliberate lies, the veiled slanders, the incitement to violence against "the other", the touting of "Country first": this is not conservatism. This it not Repbulicanism. This is certainly not American. It is deeply disturbing and cynical pursuit of power. (You can see the same strategy at work in the hard-right attacking your presiding bishop; see the comments to the post below.) I am sure I am not the only one with an interest in history who looks back at the utter economic collapse of Germany in the 1930s, and sees disturbing parallels with the Nuremberg rallies. Only this time, it will be blacks and gays they go after first.


FranIAm said...

1933... that is an understatement.

I have some ties to the Clearwater area. It is a funny place.

Recently some of my friends down there were at a big Obama rally in nearby (to Clearwater) Dunedin and it was attended by 10,000.

This is sick and scary though- very.

Anonymous said...

Obama was 8 years old and 1000+ miles away when the Weathermen blew themselves up.

Ayers as terrorist - his Weathermen buddies blew themselves up trying to make a bomb - Ayers apparently helped hide them, despite the fact that his girlfriend was one of the victims. If these were terrorists, they were incompetent ones, play-actors, and Ayers had a non-speaking role. The idea that these people could have blown up the Capitol or Pentagon is laughable.

It worries me that people have lost the ability to use common sense and fact-checking.


Anonymous said...

NancyP, where did you get th idea that the electorate HAD common sense?

The idea that anyone who disagrees with the Republicans is a treasonous terrorist needs to be roundly trounced by the so-called "honorable" McCain. Wasn't he an officer and a gentleman? (Not according to Rolling Stone). Seriously, this is ugly stuff. They need to act to stop it, now.


Anonymous said...

And so it begins....

Anonymous said...

That last was me, IT

klady said...

Some of the best writing and, at times, investigative journalism have come from a handful of Alaska bloggers. One of the best, AKmuckracker (a woman who blogs and now has a forum at Mudflats) writes:

Hatred, like an iceberg, leaves 90% of its mass below the surface. The media has not picked up on comments that aren’t screamed at the camera - the conversations in living rooms, the knowing nods, and the dark thoughts that McCain and Palin have given people permission to think.

“He doesn’t think like we do,” she tells us. We love the country. We are patriotic. We are like us. We can’t turn our country over to THEM.

The Republican party has become very good at pointing fingers, both literally, and figuratively, at Obama. Last night, McCain pointed a finger at him during the dabate and referred to him as “that one.” The undercurrents of dehumanization, objectification, and scorn rose to the surface.

Well said, from, "The Palins' Imperfect Union" at Mudflats.

Lois said...

Like IT, the first thing I think of is 1930's Germany.