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!