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There Will Be Cross Burnings

Filed By Storm Bear | March 12, 2008 8:56 AM | comments

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On Politico, there is a short quote from Ferraro that originally appeared in the Washington Post on April 15, 1988.
Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don't ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his "radical" views, "if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."

Asked about this at a campaign stop in Buffalo, Jackson at first seemed ready to pounce fiercely on his critics. But then he stopped, took a breath, and said quietly, "Millions of Americans have a point of view different from" Ferraro's.

Discussing the same point in Washington, Jackson said, "We campaigned across the South . . . without a single catcall or boo. It was not until we got North to New York that we began to hear this from Koch, President Reagan and then Mrs. Ferraro . . . . Some people are making hysteria while I'm making history."

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In all seriousness, cross burnings - while highly offensive - don't have a serious impact. IMHO, a much more serious matter exists. Obama's personal safety decreases with each successful step towards the Democratic nomination. This matter will become even more serious should he be elected as president. There is no shortage of well organized home-bred extremists here - terrorists by any standard. And of course, the "non-existent" military industrial complex. If the mob guys were one third as good in keeping a low profile, we would have "lucky luciano III" in the white house. This nation has a history of violent loss for those who have symbolized our voice.