Are we on the brink of another Civil War?
Consider, Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd, was a confirmed member of the Alaskan Independence Party from 1995-2002. The Alaskan Independence Party’s (or AIP for short) stated goals are to remove Alaska from the Union. In other words, they want to secede.
Sarah Palin has called Barack Obama a “terrorist” and charged that he “doesn’t see America the way we see America.” A clearly racist comment meant, not to heal old wounds and bring us together, but to sharply divide us and force us apart. I’m reminded of an old saying, maybe you’ve heard it before, maybe as a child. What was it again? Oh yeah. I remember:
“United We Stand. Divided We Fall.”
If we allow Sarah Palin and her ilk to divide us, all free thinking Americans, regardless of skin color will be a dying breed. After all, the racist rhetoric being spewed by the McCain Campaign are just the beginning. “Kill him!” Someone shouted. A clear statement of intent and one potentially actionable under the law, should charges be proffered. (And they should be.)
I get it now. I get what you’re saying, Senator McCain. I understand what you’re doing. You are appealing to the lowest common denominator among voters. These voters, who don’t listen to everything, (What did you call them? “Low information voters?” A euphemism for “stupid voters” if I ever heard one.), who aren’t generally informed, and don’t think beyond the surface comments you spew out of your hate filled mouth. That’s who you are appealing to.
And fear can be a powerful motivator.
You see, fear is what drives the McCain/Palin ticket. Fear of the unknown. Fear of someone different from you. Fear of change.
John McCain replaces respect with fear. Fear? I don’t fear my government, but my government should fear me. I am a free man. With a voice. A voice that can change the world. That is what Senator McCain and Governor Palin fear. They fear that they will no longer be respected. Because in their eyes, fear and respect are the same things.
A populace must fear those who are different from themselves within the same populace. They must fear their government, for they have entrusted all their power to it for the sole purpose of protecting themselves from “Them.” When “Them” turns out to be the very protectors we hired to protect us. “Who Watches the Watchmen?” Indeed, who does?
So remember this, Senator McCain, Governor Palin, as you both return to your respective homes, (you’ll have to pick which one you return to, Johnny Boy). Remember, as Albert Camus said, “Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”
And you two, with your racist rhetoric of lies and hatred, are nothing if not despicable.