Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Palin Plays the Race Card, Deftly and Ever So Subtly

Sarah Palin, a truly gifted communicator like Huey Long or Father Caughlin, says Barack Obama "pals" around with Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers. Ayers once hosted a small fundraiser, and the two sat on the board of a program aimed at promoting literacy. Obama has deplored Ayers actions and said the two men are acquaintances, that's all. On the other hand, her sponsor McCain freely admits that he is a good friend of G. Gordon Liddy and that he greatly respects what Lidy did in the Watergate Affair, including offering to blow up the Brookings Institution. The difference was that Liddy is white and plotted to hurt political opponents.

She prefaces her attack on Obama saying he has a very low opinion of his fellow Americans. Hence he pals around with Ayers. Early in the campaign the McCain people stressed that Obama might not be as American as the rest of us. Now Palin plays to the same theme. He's different and not quite a good American. Everyone knows how. The subtext is racism. It was an all white audience. They understood.

Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country. This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America. We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism.”

Now she is referring to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Maybe New York Governor Patterson was correct he said her references to "community organizer" is a code term for black. No one in the mainstream media is talking about the African witchhunter who prayed over Sarah or her churches that are infested with Dominionism, a belief that rejects separation of church and state and calls for an American theocracy. For some reason, only Obama's religious background got weeks of press attention.

After one deliverey in Clearwater of her standard demonization of the African American Obama, people in the crowd started shouting: "Kill him! Kill him." Palin has shown that she is a bright woman and highly skilled orator. She could have quieted such savage feelings without detracting from her ugly message. She did nothing. In the same appearance, she dcenounced the mainstream media that was allegedly responsible for her problem interviews, the crowd turned toward the media people hurling insults and foul language at them. Someone yuelled at an African American soundman, "Sit down, boy." Her demagoguery paid off. This bright charismatic pol was effective in creating a lynch mob mentality.

She has often been quoted as having said in an eatery, "So Sambo beat the bitch." But is hard to nail that one down. We do know that her Alaska Independence Party friends are closely tied to white supremacists in the lower 48.Likewise,we know that Mc Cain fiercely defended flying the rebel flag in South Carolina, opposed Martin Luther King day, and now is opposing affirmative action for Arizona state employees.

A McCain campaign advisor said they cannot win if they emphasize the economy. Their only choice is to throw out reasons people can latch onto to justify not voting for Obama. They are playing to fear of the BAD OTHER-- a combination of the usual right wing populism and racism. They are busy fanning the Bradley Effect, wherein white people tell a pollster they will vote for a black but fail to do so on Election Day.

It may well work, but tens of millions of Americans will never forgive this ugly duo.
McCain simply will be unable to govern.

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