Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Friday, October 10, 2008

Ta-Nehisi Coates Sees Danger

Coates has a perceptive column today:
The Unthinkable
And really the unsayable. But I've been thinking about this McCain-Palin Obama "palling around with terrorist" idea more lately. The saddest thing about many Republicans isn't just that they disagree with liberals on race--it's they are largely ignorant on race. When the McCain campaign cast the spell of diabolical jingoism, they have no idea of the forces they are toying with. We remember Martin Luther King's murder as a sad and tragic event. Less remembered is the fact that ground-work for King's murder was seeded, not simply by rank white supremacy, but by people who slandered King as a communist.

This was not some notion bandied about by conspiracy theorist, but an accusation proffered by men who were the pillars of the modern Republican Party:

As late as 1964, Falwell was attacking the 1964 Civil Rights Act as "civil wrongs" legislation. He questioned "the sincerity and intentions of some civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, and others, who are known to have left-wing associations." Falwell charged, "It is very obvious that the Communists, as they do in all parts of the world, are taking advantage of a tense situation in our land, and are exploiting every incident to bring about violence and bloodshed."

Falwell was not alone. These men didn't kill Martin Luther King, but they contributed to an atmosphere of nationalism, white supremacy and cheap unreflective patriotism that ultimately got a lot of people killed. Confronted with Aparthied South Africa, men like Helms and Falwell used the same "communist" defense. While Mandella wasted away in prison, they dismissed the whole thing as a communist plot.

Let me be clear--This is the ghost that McCain Campaign is summoning. This is the Ring Of Power that they want to wield. The Muslim charge, the "Hussein" thing is nothing more than today's red-baiting, and it is what it was then--a cover for racists. You may say I'm overreacting, and I really hope you're right. 999,000 out 1 million times we'll go on like normal and proceed to Election Day. But if some shit pops off, the thug and thug-mongers will not be able to throw up their hands and say "How could I have known?" Ignorance will not save them. Their stupidity is a scourge on us all.

This is dangerous stuff McCain and Palin are playing with -- they make me ashamed.



  • At 10:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Obama has no friends who aren't criminals or thieves. Think about it, then name one person he associated with who has a good reputation. Please don't name Ayers, Dohrn, Wright, Rezko or Marshall. Then tell me one thing he has done for his constituents... you can't... he's done nothing. Then tell me why the man won't produce his birth certificate and why he's going to so much trouble to hide it.

    John McCain has a good reputation, working with both sides-Democrats and Republicans... even Kennedy. McCain has a record in the Senate and has done some great things, not JUST agreed with Bush. McCain has also produced his birth certificate when asked and the Senate has even investigated whether he is eligible to be POTUS. Obama has done no such thing.

    Then you have the wives. MicHELLe with her race-baiting comments with absolutely no record of EVER having done anything for anyone except herself. Compare that to Cindy McCain's trips to Asia, Africa and Europe to help the unfortunate children.

    No comparison for me... the McCain's win! Now they may not win the election according to the polls, but I will never believe that Obama was a better candidate than Hillary Clinton, who Obama gave the finger to.

    I see today that he did the same thing to John McCain... pretty juvenile behavior coming from someone who wants to be POTUS.




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