The politics of hate: McCain / Palin style

Posted by on Oct 9, 2008 in conservative, election 2008, eliminationist, extremism | 1 comment

Historically, hatred is a powerful motivator for the conservative movement in the United States and we are finally seeing it all come to a watershed moment. (truth is, it’s always been a pathetic attempt at solidifying “the base”, and a long term suicide plan.) The years of right wing hate mongering are out of the dark corners and have gone mainstream, for a simple reason: McCain and Palin can’t win on the issues. And, they know it.

Sadly, hatred is the only tactic the McCain and Palin campaign has left. An argument can be made it’s all they ever had in the first place. And, they use hate to it’s fullest, and it works. Too well.

So, what are good American’s supposed to think when that hatred becomes public and vocal and ugly? We should be very outraged and take action, because we are witnessing eliminationist and fascist tactics and behavior right before our eyes. A few examples:

McCain is in the middle of one of his eliminationist rants, implying that Obama is a terrorist with the line: “Who’s the real Obama?” and an audience member shouts out “terrorist!” McCain says nothing. (Note that he reacts confused and annoyed to it. So, he definitely heard it.) Here’s the video:

And it gets worse. At a Sarah Palin rally, via AmericaBlog, the WashPo reports the following nearly identical moment:

“Now it turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers,” Palin 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 went on to say that “Obama held one of the first meetings of his political career in Bill Ayers’s living room, and they’ve worked together on various projects in Chicago.”

A person threatens the life of a presidential candidate (on the 40th anniversary year of presidential candidate Robert Kennedy being killed no less!) and nothing is said about it. No campaign statement refuting it. Amazing.

Now, if this happened at an Obama rally, if someone at one of his rallies shouted out “kill him” in reference to McCain, it would be over. That’s a fact. Think about the hate filled behavior of the McCain and Palin crowds for a moment, and the fact that a presidential candidate and VP candidate are literally promoting hatred with threatening results, and getting away with it with nary a mention of it, or outrage, from the press. Perhaps the bar is truly that low.

Of course, Sarah Palin is a right wing extremist who hates America. No one expects too much from a dumb sportscaster I suppose.

So, who are these hate filled eliminationist fascists at the McCain / Palin rallies? Well, not to put to soft a point on it: they are not bright, angry and ill informed. Generalists with just enough facts to be dangerous. Conspiracy theorists, malcontents, extremist, anti-intellectual, knee jerk assholes.

Watch the video from Blogger Interuppted:

These are the people who still beleive that Bush is a good president, and they are McCain’s base, and rallied around Sarah Palin as the VP pick with gusto and determination, knowing nothing about her.

We are at the cusp of taking our country back from these ignorant hate filled turds.

Nuff said.

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