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Not the *Gloves* Coming Off... It's the *HOODS*!!!!!

7 October 2008 at 10:13:40 AM

I read about the McCain campaign's attempt to divert attention from the faltering economy by doubling down on playing to people's racist and terorrist fears. And Ms Palin, who certainly seems to be even more of a loose cannon than McCain, has been doing just that, including inciting crowds to hatred and racist comments. You know what happens when you incite a crowd, right? The mob mentality can take over, and I think it's more than irresponsible to do that with a crowd where you know that the unhinged can find their cue to act out on their worst impulses.

I've never seen anything like this in a presidential campaign. I always thought that Bush was in league with the worst elements, like the Swift Boaters, or those who, in the Ann Richards governor fight, wanted to paint her through a whisper campaign as gay. But the difference then was that Bush remained above it, he worked very hard to keep the appearance that he was a good guy, a decent guy. That allowed a lot of people to pretend that it was only a wacko fringe element that was out there playing in the sewer, giving those who wanted an excuse not to vote for the other guy a reason not only to continue to see Bush as Not Like Those Mudslingers, but to secretly enjoy the mud while tsk-tsking.

McCain and Palin aren't even attempting to appear as decent people anymore. It's kind of shocking to me. I was thinking earlier today about the statement "The Gloves Are Off" and thought, no, it's that the Mask Is Off. They are allowing people to see some actions and statements that are not only morally despicable on their own but designed to bring out the worst in others. What ever happened to appealing to other's better natures? But it's more than just the Mask that lets us see clearly that McCain is not a person of honor and he has chosen a woman who also has no scruples, but that the Mask Turned Out to Be A Hood.

I remember reading, a few years back, about the KKK coming to Stephenville to rally. The incident that sparked this was some kids at Tarleton University who thought it would be a good joke to dress up like black people and do some actions that are extremely stereotypical. And they did it on Martin Luther King day. You can imagine the uproar. There was one group who decided it would be a fine idea to capitalize on people's racism and that was the KKK, who held a rally in downtown Stephenville. And there were lots of people who also turned out to oppose their coming. Not going to talk about dynamics of that except to say that the people the KKK wanted to attract were those who were racist and xenophobic. Just like the McCain/Palin ticket.

Say what you will about dirty politics. When you can clearly see that a ticket has decided to go for the ugly side of human nature, not only capitaize on it, but endanger their opponents and those who would protect them, they have covered themselves as well in slime. When you see a presidential ticket which reminds you more of the scenes in O Brother Where Art Thou than something noble and good, it's clear that ticket has stepped over a character and moral line. In O Brother Where Art Thou, when the hoods came off in the rally, the racists were run out of town on a rail, because the decent people recoiled in horror.

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