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Civil Rights Leader John Lewis: McCain-Palin "Sowing The Seeds Of Hatred And Division"

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"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."

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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 3:43 pm
Georgia congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis, reacting to the increasingly incendiary atmosphere at McCain-Palin campaign rallies, condemned the GOP for using tactics that are creating a mood not unlike the one created by George Wallace, the former segregationist governor and presidential candidate. Lewis accused the Republicans of "sowing the seeds of hatred and division," and warned the McCain campaign that they are "playing with fire:"

"As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign," Lewis said in a statement. "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."

The veteran Democrat even invoked one of the most divisive figures in recent U.S. history. "During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama," said Lewis.

He warned, "As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better."

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 3:44 pm

The criticism from Lewis is especially sharp considering McCain has called him one of the "wisest" men he knows, one whose advice he would seek should he win the presidency.

Suzanne B (22)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 3:53 pm
Now I know better where the term "hell in a handbasket" comes from.

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday October 11, 2008, 4:06 pm
Joseph M. Welch to Sen. Joe McCarthy: "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

These words come to mind every time another McCain/Palin rant is published. Unfortunately, the answer seems to be, "No."

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 10:13 am
Thanks for posting this Blue !
John Lewis is great congressman and needs to be heard.

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 2:59 pm
Jon Swift, John McCain and Republicans: In defense of angry angry mobs

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 3:46 pm
More information here:

McCain's Supposed Adviser John Lewis Calls Him Out

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday October 13, 2008, 6:38 am
White Privilege

by Tim Wise

For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or
who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of
it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like
Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that
of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to
judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges,"
even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are
regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a "fuckin' redneck,"
like Bristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone
messes with you, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how
you like to "shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a
responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather
than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six
years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of,
then returned to after making up some coursework at a community
college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to
achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed
as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the
first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town
smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state
with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island
of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people
don't all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S.
Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar,
means you're "untested."

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words
"under God" in the pledge of allegiance because "if it was good
enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me," and not be
immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the
pledge was written in the late 1800s and the "under God" part wasn't
added until the 1950s--while believing that reading accused criminals
and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution,
which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is
a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make
people immediately scared of you. White privilege is being able to
have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that
wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was
"Alaska first," and no one questions your patriotism or that of your
family, while if you're black and your spouse merely fails to come to
a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of
school, people immediately think she's being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and
the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of
women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end
to child labor--and people think you're being pithy and tough, but if
you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month
governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in
college--you're somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don't even
agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your
running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the
ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made
them give your party a "second look."

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn't support your
political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being
a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and
merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in
Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose
pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize
George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly
Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian
theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who
say the conflict in the Middle East is God's punishment on Jews for
rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you're just a good
church-going Christian, but if you're black and friends with a black
pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of
Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign
policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on
black people, you're an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked
by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking
you such a "trick question," while being black and merely refusing to
give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O'Reilly means you're
dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has
anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being
black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it,
a "light" burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly
allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W.
Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing,
people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is
increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters
aren't sure about that whole "change" thing. Ya know, it's just too
vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same,
which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.


Tim Wise is the author of White Like Me (Soft Skull, 2005, revised
2008), and of Speaking Treason Fluently, publishing this month, also
by Soft Skull.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday October 13, 2008, 1:30 pm
Meltdown : Economist James Galbraith shows how (neo)conservatives engineered financial free-fall

When I read the last paragraph, it hit home .... "There's only the super-rich and the rest of us. There's only predators and prey."

What can America do to save itself? Simple, says Galbraith. Bring back the real ideology of free markets. If Fannie or Freddie have to fail, let them fail. New mortgage guarantors will spring up. When you think about it, Fannie and Freddie were just in the insurance business, plain and simple. The market will recover. Have faith. Also, start repairing government. Publicly finance campaigns and elections. Send the lobbyists packing. Finally, start regulating again. Regulate the new Wall Street—its new products, i.e., swaps and derivatives, and its new services, i.e., prime brokerage. Robber barons cannot be expected to police themselves. And for God's sake, stop labeling yourself and others as "liberals" or "conservatives." Those labels are meaningless. There's only the super-rich and the rest of us. There's only predators and prey.

Madeleine L (51)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 12:25 pm
These comments are breathtakingly to the point!!
Now if only one of your News programs would actually present these views (along with the detractors who would probably shoot themselves in the foot) POLITICALLY CORRECT seems to have corrupted the entirety of your Constitution. I for one (and many other Canadians) while struggling with a similar government wrecking our country, are astounded at how much the American people have allowed the precious rights of your Constitution to be abused, undermined and eliminated!!

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 2:28 pm
RepubliCON$ are taching hatred and violence:

Palin supporter taunts protesting Dems with 'Obama monkey'

McCain Volunteers Taught to Accuse Obama of Terrorism

"Kill Him!" Shouted -- Again -- At Palin Rally

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