Waymon Hudson

Inciting Anger and Violence

Filed By Waymon Hudson | October 08, 2008 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: McCain/Palin, negative attacks, rhetoric, smears

It looks like McCain and Palin are willing to do anything to win- including inciting fear, anger, and violence in their supporters.

As the McCain campaign has stepped up the negative attacks and smears, the audiences at their rallies are getting more and more outlandish. Shouts of "traitor" and even "kill him"- in reference to Obama- are popping up all over the news. I wonder where these supporters are getting this kind of anger from.

Perhaps it is from the McCain Campaign's continued efforts to link Obama to Ayers? Maybe Palin saying Obama "pals around with terrorists"? Could it be every spokesperson from their campaign- and their negative ads- calling Obama "risky"?

To quote a certain Alaskan governor- You betcha.

I understand negative attacks. We all expect them at this point. Both sides fudge facts to make the other person seem out of touch or unelectable. I personally don't like them, but they are a part of political life.

But these latest attacks, and the response from the crowds, take it to a completely different level. It truly frightens me.

Maybe it's because I've seen the effects of a political leader using loaded language, and the violence that can ensue, here in South Florida. When you demonize a person or group of people and tap in to deep-rooted fears and biases, you create a ticking time bomb. And that's exactly what the McCain campaign is doing. Calling Obama a terrorist, or highlighting his middle name, all with a nudge and a wink is literally lighting the fuse.

This type of dangerous rhetoric directly leads to an atmosphere of hate and violence. Campaigns have a responsibility to act in a way that doesn't incite these kinds of dangerous responses. The McCain campaign is willing to not only further divide the country, but also plunge us into a dangerous and violent freefall.

And I am afraid it is only going to get worse.


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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 8, 2008 3:12 PM

The New York Times slammed the McCain/Palin campaign in an editorial on just this issue. They are clearly see tapping into the fear and bigotry that still infects some in our country to pump up their sagging poll numbers.

As Election Day gets closer, we can expect to see even nastier rhetoric coming from the McCain/Palin campaign. Of course, they will deny that what they are doing is despicable, as Obama said last night "the straight talk express has lost a wheel."

This is outrageous. If McCain doesn't address the overt hostility in his own campaign he doesn't deserve the meager support he has. He's better than this, and so are we. On the other hand it's no surprise to us that his running mate didn't blink over the vicious shouts in her audience. She probably winked at the perpetrator. Imagine if an Obama volunteer or supporter shouted out to have McCain killed. Ms Palin would call in the Marines. Again, this is outrageous. We're better than this, and that is precisely why we will vote for Obama, because the man understands that we need someone with vision, and the courage to demand that we be who we say we are. And we're better than this.

Waymon I would say your fears are justified.The words Governor Palin are using and the way she is using them show her lack of judgement and leadership skills.I can't believe in this day and age knowing what history tells us about this type of speech that it is tolerated.It is not freedom of speech when that speech is used to bully or belittle someone or to work a crowd into a mob mentality it is using a Nazi election strategy.We are on a path that could easily destroy America and return us to days when unspeakable acts are tolerated on people that are seen as being on the outside.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | October 9, 2008 5:45 AM

This is part and parcel of the leennggtthh of the American election process. They have run out of ideas, and who would not have after twenty months?

All we can do is stand our ground for now, but it would be interesting if by constitutional amendment the whole system could be reinvented to be shorter, provide penalties to the candidate who lies or countenances lies, allow internet voting in the same manner we purchase on ebay and lastly eliminate the Electoral college so that the vote of an individual is paramount rather than the majority of any state. Right now, if you live in a populous state, you are a better informed voter than if you live in a sparsely populated state.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | October 9, 2008 5:50 AM

This is part and parcel of the leennggtthh of the American election process. They have run out of ideas, and who would not have after twenty months?

All we can do is stand our ground for now, but it would be interesting if by constitutional amendment the whole system could be reinvented to be shorter, provide penalties to the candidate who lies or countenances lies, allow internet voting in the same manner we purchase on ebay and lastly eliminate the Electoral college so that the vote of an individual is paramount rather than the majority of any state. Right now, if you live in a populous state, you are a better informed voter than if you live in a sparsely populated state.