I have heard some talk about a Barack Obama Presidency as a blessing and a curse…the ushering in of the end of black politics. On the one hand, this line of thought, celebrates the progress of an America that would elect a black man to the highest seat of power, while on the other hand, fearing that whites would think this momentous event marked the end of racism and bigotry. I have heard Hannity, Bortz, and others of that ilk say that if Obama is elected then no one can ever scream racism again. Of course they come from a worldview that believes that any charge of racism is unfounded. Blacks and whites have always disagreed about the extent to which racism does or does not exist.
Anyone who is paying attention to this election will see that racism and bigotry are alive and thriving. The McCain campaign’s most recent tactic has been to paint Obama as, Other, scary, and dangerous. At every single McCain rally last week, Gov. Sarah Palin has gone into attack mode, raising the question, “Who is Barack Obama?” She has said he is palling around with a domestic terrorist. He is blind with ambition. If he were President, he would diminish the prestige of the office. She goes on and on against Barack Obama who has been in the public eye for the last 2 years, who has written two memoirs, has been interviewed by every possible media outlet, has made speeches, given press conferences, and participated in dozens of debates. These questions from someone the public met less than two months ago and who is under a veil of protection from the media. My question is, “Who is Sarah Palin?” The bipartisan report that was released yesterday does say she abused the power of her office by firing the Public Safety Commissioner for not firing her ex brother-in-law.
In the last week, McCain and his operatives have not been talking about the issues. They have been lambasting Obama and inciting angry mobs. In a sort of call in response fashion, the speaker raises the suspicions about Obama and the audience members yell, “terrorist!” “treason!” and even, “kill him.” Just this week in Georgia when the two contenders for the US Senate seat, Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin, debated one another, the crowd became very rowdy and sustained their boos whenever Jim Martin, the democratic contender, mentioned Barack Obama’s name. On woman hollered, “Bomb Obama!” At another rally just yesterday, an elderly woman fumbled with her words and finally said that she couldn’t trust Obama because he was an Arab. McCain finally responded that this was not true. In another instance, a man talked about his fears of raising his yet unborn child in an America where Barack Obama could be president. McCain responded that Barack Obama was a decent, family man, and one not to be afraid of. McCain’s supporters booed him. Wow! Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. It seems that Gov. Palin has taken on the attack dog mode too well. She has been inciting fear and violence. Who knows what pervert out there might be thinking that acting out in violence is, in some distorted sense, putting country first. With this country’s legacy of assassinations, how could they do this?
As the world looks on, John McCain is teasing out the worst of America. Ironically, an Obama presidency might reveal an America that has not come very far. I hope this is not the case. I don’t want to be a cynic and believe that John McCain and Sarah Palin are bringing out the true America. I have to believe for the sake of my child and my community that we are better than this. We must all reject these Words of Mass Deception.