Scary Monsters, Super Creeps
The leaves are beginning to turn and fall, leaving claw-like silhouettes of bare trees against the autumn sky. The night air bites with the bitter chill of approaching death, and pumpkin patch scarecrows take on a new malevolence in the light of the full October moon. Halloween approaches. But more horrible than the ghosts, ghouls and goblins of children’s imaginations are the creatures that emerge once every four years, right around this time, to terrify the countryside with their blood-curdling banshee wails and gibbering madness.
I’m speaking, of course, about the Republican base in October of an election year.
As the McCain campaign and the GOP ramp up their quadrennial efforts to go all negative, all the time until the last poll closes (and sometimes even afterwards), this year offers a different, altogether scarier look into the American psyche. And for once, it’s not the fault of John McCain, Sarah Palin, Steve Schmidt or any of the other usual Republican apparatchiks (although they certainly won’t stand in the way of the monster’s rampage). No, this time it’s all because of one man. Barack Obama.
Or, more accurately, Barack Hussein Obama.
While we caught a glimpse of what was to come during the Democratic primaries, it pales in comparison to what we are seeing now, and will continue to see, straight through to November 4th.
– At a New Mexico rally, John McCain asks the audience, “Who is Barack Obama?” One supporter calls out loudly, “Terrorist!” Audience laughs. McCain says nothing. [www.americablog.com]
– In Florida, Sarah Palin, mischaracterizing a 2007 quote from Obama, accuses him of criticizing the troops. A supporter yells out, “Treason!” [www.huffingtonpost.com]
– Another supporter at the same rally, apparently unsatisfied with the FBI’s conclusion in the Bill Ayers matter, calls for him to be killed. [voices.washingtonpost.com] (Assuming the person was referring to Ayers, not Obama, but you never know).
– Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Robert A. Gleason calls Obama “a terrorist’s best friend.” [www.philly.com]
Now, one could reasonably argue that all of this ugliness is what any Democratic nominee would be facing right now, particularly given the flop sweat and desperation coming off the Republican party in waves.
But have I mentioned Barack Obama is black?
– A Florida 7th grade teacher asks his class what “change” means in relation to the Obama campaign, and writes on the blackboard the acronym, “Come Help A N*gg*r Get Elected” [rawstory.com]
– At another Florida rally, this one in Clearwater, Sarah Palin whipped the crowd into a frenzy against the “kinda mainstream media” (ed. note – CBS is “kinda” mainstream?), prompting supporters to start hurling abuse at reporters covering the event, with one shouting a racial epithet at an African American sound man and told him, “Sit down, boy.” [www.washingtonpost.com]
– Bobby Lee May, Treasurer of the Buchanan County (Virgina) Republican party and member of McCain’s Virginia Leadership Team, wrote in a local newspaper [www.latimes.com] that Obama supports “reparations to black community,” “Mandatory Black Liberation Theology,” that he would “coddle sexual perverts (and) Give tax breaks for NAMBLA membership fees,” “Raise taxes to send $845 billion, send most to Africa so the Obama family there can skim off enough to allow them to free their goats and live the American Dream,” and also “to pay for free drugs for Obama’s inner-city political base,” “Appoint Rev. Al Sharpton as Secretary of State, Jesse Jackson as UN Representative,” change the National Anthem to “the ‘Black National Anthem,’” and altering the U.S. flag by “Replac(ing) 50 stars with a star and crescent logo.” May denied any of this was racist. [www.latimes.com]
– ”Patriotic drunk rednecks” [www.youtube.com] Must be seen to be believed. (NSFW)
Any Democrat would get called a terrorist by today’s Republican party. They don’t know how to govern worth a damn, but they’re extremely skilled at throwing garbage like that around with impunity. Against a guy with the middle name Hussein, even moreso. But as the election draws nearer, more and more Republicans – and make no mistake, some Democrats and independents too – are going to find the urge to just start screaming “N*gg*r! N*gg*r! N*gg*r!” to be quite irresistible.