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October 11, 2008

John Lewis Speaks Out

Filed under: Daily Observations,McCain,Obama,Palin,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 11:06 pm
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John Lewis Congressman from the fifth congressional district in Georgia, and former civil rights activist spoke out about the anger that has been coming from the McCain campaign as of late directed at Obama, some of which was very chilling indeed. In his statement Lewis said:

“What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse,”

John Lewis then went to talk about George Wallace, a known segregationist, and the role he played in spreading racial hatred. The entire statement outraged John McCain who demanded the Obama campaign denounce John Lewis’ statement.

“I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I’ve always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character” – John McCain

The Obama Campaign released this statement:

“Sen. Obama does not believe that John McCain or his policy criticism is in any way comparable to George Wallace or his segregationist policies,” Burton said. “But John Lewis was right to condemn some of the hateful rhetoric that John McCain himself personally rebuked just last night, as well as the baseless and profoundly irresponsible charges from his own running mate that the Democratic nominee for president of the United States ‘pals around with terrorists.’ “

The exchange of recent days coming from the McCain campaign that resulted with vicious outcries against Obama that could send chills down anyone’s spine, is the sad reality of the this presidential election cycle. When vicious, hateful attacks are waged that elicit even more hateful, vicious responses from its audience, then it is only right that someone step up to the plate and denounce those who are making them. Although McCain has done an about face with his and Palin insidious slander against Obama, the sting of those words still remain. The words spoken by Palin and McCain in recent days also whipped up a fervor that cannot be denied, nor should they go ignored. What those words did was expose an undercurrent of hate that still exists and was enflamed. Those days were frightening and were dangerous. It was extremely irresponsible of the McCain campaign to incite such vile hatred.

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  1. In your article you wrote ‘George McGovern’ instead of George Wallace. George McGovern has never been a segregationist.

    Congressman Lewis was right in the midst of those hateful days in the 1960s. If he is reminded of those days when he see the kind of behaviour of some of the people who have been attending Sen McCain/Gov Palin rallies; then he has a right to voice his opinion.
    Sen Obama cannot tell Congressman Lewis what he can or cannot say. Mr Lewis is not part of Sen Obamas’ campaign staff.

    Read about Gov Palins’ radical right-wing friends in Alaska. She sent them warm greetings earlier this year at their annual gathering.


    Comment by Brnmar — October 12, 2008 @ 12:04 am

  2. Thanks, Brnmar, fixed it.

    Comment by Julie P — October 12, 2008 @ 12:08 am

  3. Barak Hussein Obama is the most radical left wing liberal/socialist/marxist and racist senator in recent history. The American people will not elect him. The democrat weighted polls are bogus. Gore was up 11 points in some polls in October of 2000. Voter fraud is being intercepted as we speak.

    Comment by Ron — October 12, 2008 @ 12:50 am

  4. I don’t understand why McCain would be slighted by Senator Lewis’ comment. What did he take exception too? The fact that possibly McCain and Palin attracts crowds that scream for the head of Obama? Maybe calling Obama an Arab or better yet denying the rights of ‘newborn’ children that is in no way similar to Wallace? Or possibly the fact that there is about as many African Americans at McCain’s rallies as there were at Wallace’s? Trying to find an African American at a McCain/Palin rally is harder than that game I used to play with my children…Where’s Waldo.

    Comment by Paul F. — October 12, 2008 @ 1:08 am

  5. It is very sad that McCain has to take the gutter road of politics. It is very sad for Palin because she is destroying her carrier hanging out with McCain. Her remarks will come back and haunt her in the future because when they racist die out in America as it is shrinking daily Palin statements will live on. Palin not answering questions and being an unknown coming out as an attack dog is political suicide. What kind of Christian would stand behind Palin as she acts the way she acts. And what person in their right mind can stand behind McCain.

    Comment by King L — October 12, 2008 @ 1:18 am

  6. I agree with John Lewis. I think that the clips I have seen on TV are frightening in this day and age. Senator Obama is a man and a saved one at that. The only thing to fear is fear itself. It is time for “all men to be truly treated equal in the U.S.” I think this entire election and all of the little obstacles that never existed prior to this election are being thrown out to discourage the African American people from voting, but it won’t work with them nor will it work with the rest of America who are ready to see change in the land rather than just the words “all men are created equally.”

    Comment by Disgusted — October 12, 2008 @ 1:22 am

  7. I don’t believe McCain is an “evil Nazi” any more than I believe the radical spew about “Barack Hussein Obama” being Marxist and racist. I do believe, however, that the McCain campaign has deliberately embarked on a road of political and social destruction.

    It can end in only one of two ways. McCain can stand up, reclaim the shreds of his personal and political honor, and thoroughly denounce the hatefulness and jingoism of his campaign. That would, in my mind, require him to fire Palin off the ticket immediately, as she has become an enthusiastic lightning rod and catalyst for the mob frenzies the McCain campaign is causing. I don’t see McCain doing this because of his ridiculous and hateful characterizations of John Lewis, and because his outrageous attack ads against Obama are continuing to run.

    The other way is a wave of violence and anarchy led by the worst of the right-wing gutter radicals. How far will it go? I have no problem envisioning militias storming polling places to “patriotically resist” so-called “voter fraud” by waving guns at terrified citizens and demanding “proof of citizenship” from whatever brown-skinned voter they fixate their hatred on. In fact, I have no problem envisioning such a tide of violence engulfing this nation that on November 4 or before, Bush declares martial law, suspends the elections, and brings American democracy to a crashing end.

    Is this why McCain hasn’t bothered putting together a transition team to prepare for his entrance into the White House? Is this all orchestrated to anoint Bush/Cheney the new dictators of America? I hope not, but it could happen. If it does, “Ron from Minnesota,” then it will be because of you and those like you that our nation’s democracy and freedoms are irretrievably destroyed. Take that flag pin out of your lapel and that bumper sticker off of your car. You and your ilk are nothing more than demagogues and, if this process plays out, abject traitors.

    Comment by Max — October 12, 2008 @ 2:33 am

  8. I would be riled if I were mccain….he knows the dirty campaign Obama is running, and ACORN was the icing on the cake.

    Comment by brenda — October 12, 2008 @ 3:18 am

  9. Why would you NOT support Obama? He has promised you free health care, a tax cut, national security; basically a chicken in every pot!

    McCain on the other hand asks you to sacrifice. Wartime is like that. But Obama to the rescue; he will solve it by surrendering. Yay. Just remember we hateful Republicans told you so, the first time they truck a nuke to an American city.

    Comment by Taylor — October 12, 2008 @ 3:24 am

  10. TAYLOR, If he is elected (G-d Willing) who will Pres Obama surrender to? We have already surrendered financially to others. I spent over 20 years in the military and many military members are getting tired of fighting wars that only benefit the rich.

    Comment by Brnmar — October 12, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  11. Taylor, while you seem to be a bit more articulate than many that support the GOP you cannot possibly see this in such a black and white manner.

    While I might share your concern for our national security, what puts us all at risk is an unruly leader that is out of touch with those he wishes to lead. We need an intelligent leader that is prepared to surround himself with the most intelligent advisors.

    McCain has not shown me that he is that person.I am not a democrat and, before the last 8 years, I would have considered myself a republican. I do not mind a leader that does not share all of my values however I cannot give someone my vote that does not respect me. And, while you may agree with some (or all) of what McCain says, understand that he does not identify or respect you either.

    The answers to today’s problems are longer than 1 sentence and require the intellectual capability to resolve them. Whether you are on the far right or far left – don’t you feel insulted when the GOP speaks? I don’t care whether it is a Republican or a Democrat in office as long as they can demonstrate the ability to grasp the issues and find intelligent answers to them. I have not seen that from McCain or Palin…..and, I really wanted to but it just wasn’t there.

    All they have given us are 1 liners and the words “Maverick” and “Change”. Nothing beyond that. If it is out there – please tell me where to look.

    And, to add insult to injury, they have compounded their failure to educate the American public on their policies by encouraging the absolute most deplorable values from the lowest common denominators in their party.

    I am neither a Democrat or a Republican – I am simply an American looking for leadership and I have not seen it from McCain. While I am not a huge fan of Obama – he has been able to offer the public a lot more than McCain has so far.

    If I am wrong, please tell me where else to look.

    Comment by Fatty — October 13, 2008 @ 2:48 am

  12. Ditto!
    Great post! And great comments from others, too. Keep it up.

    Comment by ReyMac — October 13, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

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