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McCain/Palin Carry Campaign Into Dangerous Territory

To Whom It May Concern:

As an Oklahoman I am all too aware of just how dangerous domestic terrorism can be.  People who are taught to hate their fellow countrymen or government have done more damage to these United States than I care to recount.  One has to wonder why.

Why would a young man hate his government and those that live in his own country so much that he would drive a bomb to a federal building and detonate it, killing hundreds of innocent men, women and children?  A man who went to war and fought for his country, only to return home to destroy it.

The answer can only be that he was taught to fear the government and those that were not like him, to loathe the people who rely on that  government and teach us all a lesson.  

This was his mission.  A mission of hatred fed by a social avarice taught by those who feel they pay too much in order to take care of too many.

Racism played a large part to be sure.  Fear that those not like "us" will begin to infiltrate and live among us.  

This very fear is now once again being brought front and center.  But this time it is not driving down I-35 in a rental truck.  This time it is being broadcast and forewarned by the very group that intends to wield it as a sword to divide our nation.

The recent words spoken by both Palin and McCain during stump speeches over the weekend have called into question whether or not Obama conspires with known terrorists, both domestic and abroad.  These words inspired at least one man at a Florida campaign stop to shout "kill him!" when Sarah Palin spoke of Obama's past association with a reformed instigator and anti-war activist William Ayers.

Now, this is where it starts.  We already are aware that racism in this country has not been eradicated.  Most of us still know those that carry racial prejudices in their hearts like a cancer.  Some who may read this letter still do.  But how many of them would ever act on that hatred and plot to do harm to Obama?  

It only takes one.

One man or woman who believes the lies and is so filled with the anger that the McCain pundits mean to foster with this evil rhetoric they are now resorting to.

As a journalist, any editor worth the air they breath should do all they can to expose these lies for what they are.  You should all be doing your damnedest to make sure this fear mongering is brought into the light of truth and the flames of hatred are extinguished.  Please set your partisanship aside for the remainder of this election and use the facts to stop the lies.

There is much more at stake here than selling a few more papers with sensational headlines.  There is a future bomb being assembled that could be defused before it is ever built.        

Update:  Thanks to the handy links provided by LNK this letter has been sent to editors of five major papers in not only my home state but also five battle ground states.  Geek has inherited the world!

Originally posted to SoonerG on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 10:57 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips are appreciated but never required. (17+ / 0-)

    Do not become intoxicated with the excessive exuberance of your own inexhaustible verbosities!

    by SoonerG on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 11:02:47 PM PDT

  •  Great letter and very powerful coming from an (5+ / 0-)

    Oklahoman. Let us know if it gets published. The media really needs to wake up and report on this, because this team of mavericky morans is playing with fire.

    Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/ One perfect rose

    by kat68 on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 11:08:19 PM PDT

  •  John McCain and David Ifshin (4+ / 0-)
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    jennen, LNK, sfbob, SoonerG

    someone left this as a comment at washingtonpost.com

    But what about McCain's own associations with former 60's radicals. Indeed, until just a few years ago, McCain openly boasted not only about his passing friendship but also his deep collaboration with one of the most prominent of Vietnam-era student radicals, David Ifshin. The same David Ifshin who denounced America on Radio Hanoi as McCain sat locked up as a POW.

    I met Ifshin about the same time he came into McCain's life. But under very different circumstances. In 1970, as president of the left-leaning National Student Association, Ifshin traveled to North Vietnam with other anti-war radicals and it was then that he went on Radio Hanoi to denounce his own country's war effort. That broadcast was piped directly into POW McCain's cell in the Hanoi Hilton and he was understandably enraged by what he thought was a traitorous act by a fellow American.

    I crossed paths with the same David Ifshin a few months later when he showed up in Chile with folksinger Phil Ochs and Yippie leader Jerry Rubin. We spent some days together n Santiago and I can personally attest that while Ifshin never went as far as Ayres did in becoming a literal bomb-thrower, he was very much emblematic of a generation of radical dissidents. Ifshin had risen to notoriety by leading the takeover of his Syracuse university campus. He opened up his NSA offices to radicals trying to shut down Washington DC with streets protests in May 1971. Just after their sojourn in Chile, Ifshin and Ochs went on to Uruguay, joined a local university takeover and were arrested and deported.

    As the years passed, Ifshin - just like Ayers-- eventually moved into the American political mainstream. Ayers came out of the underground, took up education as a profession and staked himself out on the non-violent political left. Ifshin moved more quickly to the center and eventually became General Counsel to the Bill Clinton campaign as well as a prominent leader in pro-Israeli causes. But until the day he died, at age 47 in 1996, Ifshin never renounced nor apologized for his youthful, radical past.

    In the meantime, and much to his credit, Senator John McCain forged a close personal friendship with Ifshin, as well as a working political alliance. Together they worked to establish the Institute for Democracy in Vietnam and partnered up on the issue of normalization of relations with Vietnam.

    As recently as two years ago, speaking at Columbia College, McCain affectionately and warmly recalled his relationship with Ifshin saying:

    "We worked together in an organization dedicated to promoting human rights in the country where he and I had once come for different reasons. I came to admire him for his generosity, his passion for his ideals, for the largeness of his heart, and I realized he had not been my enemy, but my countryman . . . my countryman ...and later my friend. His friendship honored me. We disagreed over much. Our politics were often opposed, and we argued those disagreements. But we worked together for our shared ideals."

    That John McCain is unrecognizable from the man who today stands behind the scurrilous attacks suggesting that Barack Obama pals around with terrorists because Bill Ayres - when Obama was literally eight years old--stupidly fancied himself an armed revolutionary.

    The old John McCain was able to overcome his own repulsion against a young man who went on the radio station of the enemy who was holding and torturing him and built a warm friendship with him. If Obama were to run commercials today criticizing McCain for hanging out with the Tokyo Rose of the Vietnam era, it would be nearly as execrable as the McCain campaign's current smears around Bill Ayres.

    Palin - the soft bigotry of low expectations.

    by JLFinch on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 11:12:21 PM PDT

  •  Great letter, thanks for writing it. (5+ / 0-)
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    londubh, tsunami, kat68, Lopez99, SoonerG

    This country is so polarized, it's unhealthy and getting destructive. If McCain truly were to put "country first", he would acknowledge the obvious - that his tactic only divides us deeper and more dangerously - and he'd abandon his poor decision.

    But if anything has become crystal clear over the past couple of months, it's that McCain is no patriot. Sorry to say it.

    •  McCain is putting McCain first (1+ / 0-)
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      SoonerG

      He's so hell bent on outranking his 4 star admiral daddy and grandpappy, that he'll stop at nothing to become commander-in-chief even if only for a short while before the melanoma comes back and takes him. So in some respects he's like Bush showing up his papaw.

      Rolling Stones has one of the most damning pieces I've read on McCain, Make Believe Maverick:

      The missing piece of this puzzle, says a former McCain confidant who has fallen out with the senator over his neoconservatism, is a third, never realized, campaign that McCain intended to run against Bush in 2004. "McCain wanted a rematch, based on ethics, campaign finance and Enron — the corrupt relationship between Bush's team and the corporate sector," says the former friend, a prominent conservative thinker with whom McCain shared his plans over the course of several dinners in 2001. "But when 9/11 happened, McCain saw his chance to challenge Bush again was robbed. He saw 9/11 gave Bush and his failed presidency a second life. He saw Bush and Cheney's ability to draw stark contrasts between black and white, villains and good guys. And that's why McCain changed." (The McCain campaign did not respond to numerous requests for comment from Rolling Stone.)

      If being a POW qualifies him to be President, it qualifies the other 600 POW's he was interned with.

      "Never have so few taken so much from so many for so long."

      by londubh on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 08:21:35 AM PDT

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  •  Contact List, if you have time.... (2+ / 0-)
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    akdude6016, SoonerG

    US Capitol Toll Free: 800-828-0498

    Media Links on Daily Kos
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    The Nation action and media links:
    elected officials at http://capwiz.com/...

    http://capwiz.com/...

    Letters to the Editor. By zipcode. With samples.

    http://www.democrats.org/...

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 12:01:22 AM PDT

  •  I'm living in Kansas now (3+ / 0-)
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    sidonie, tsunami, SoonerG

    but I was born in Norman and 90% of my family is still in the Sooner state. There was a Kansas connection (much to our shame) to the Oklahoma bombing, as you well know.
    My uncle was supposed to be in that building at noon for a meeting on that fateful day in May.
    I see it all happening again, as you do. I also see another civil war erupting. These are scary times and I don't know who will stop the reign of terror. There is anger on both sides so I find it incredibly naive for little Ms. Moosellini to be running off at the mouth like she does.
    McCain and Palin are dishonable cowards and too dangerous to be walking around loose.

  •  There is nothing worse (2+ / 0-)
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    tsunami, SoonerG

    than a man who has lost his honor. Ask anyone.

    In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

    by Contemptibable on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 01:35:35 AM PDT

  •  Beware of any who promote fear and division (1+ / 0-)
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    SoonerG

    as they want to manipulate. At the first sign of such activities, red flags should go up.

    Support Andrew Rice for US Senate: link vs. Jim "global warming is a hoax" Inhofe

    by tsunami on Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 07:01:19 AM PDT

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