"During another period, in the not-too-distant past, there was a governor of a 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 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." That from Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia. He was speaking about another Democrat from days past.
Up until this over the top and truly vile statement was lobbed from Rep. Lewis, he was worthy of his honorable reputation as a civil rights leader. He was beaten within an inch of his life as he marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. This stellar reputation is now gone. And, he deserves no more respect from those truly concerned for basic American rights.
You may remember it was John McCain at a previous forum who named John Lewis as one of the top three people to whom he would turn for advice in his new administration. He spoke of Lewis' history as an advocate of civil rights for all.
As Rep. Lewis accuses the John McCain campaign of racism, Barack Obama's campaign surrogates are in full tilt suppression of free speech mode. Because some incidents have occurred at McCain campaign rallies, those supporting Obama now feel entitled to throw whatever charges they feel at the McCain campaign. The charge of racism is their favorite. These are very savvy politicians, especially Obama's group from Chicago, and they know that the race card will stop discussions.
John McCain is not a racist and of all the descriptions of the man, that has never been one. He and his wife, Cindy, have an adopted daughter of color. What is the matter with these foul mouthed leftists? And, by invoking the memory of the four little girls who died in the Birmingham church bombing, Lewis speaks of friends of Condi Rice. Secretary Rice grew up with those little girls. Has Lewis ever come to the aid of Secretary Rice in a discussion? No. Wonder why that is? Has he ever spoken up when conservative black leaders have been ridiculed and mocked from the left, simply for being black and conservative? No.
Senator McCain doesn't even bring into the mix the disgusting judgement of Senator Obama to join the church of Jeremiah Wright in Chicago, at the urging of his then girlfriend, Michelle, now his wife. This church preaches racism and hate towards the United States on the premise of continuing victimization of minorities. And, we are to believe that Obama never heard any of this nastiness in the entire 20 years of his membership in this church? What a crock. He'd still be a member and calling Wright his spiritual mentor if those videos - sold in the church store - hadn't been shown on cable news stations.
Obama's wife was the very first to bring race into the political season. She said Obama could get shot in Chicago while going to the gas station just because he's a black man. She is one nasty mouthed woman hiding behind the Oprahized smile now.
"Racism is treating people differently and invidiously on the basis of race. Had any white presidential candidate had a close 20-year association with a white preacher overtly spreading race hatred from the pulpit, that candidate would have been not just universally denounced and deemed unfit for office but written out of polite society entirely." That from Charles Krauthammer.
The current exposes on ACORN, a corrupt political organization for whom Obama worked and went to court for as their attorney in Chicago, are called racist. Yet, whenever any leader of the organization is interviewed, the spokesperson is white. The national spokesperson is white. It is not racist to protest voter registration fraud. ACORN volunteers, who aren't volunteers as they are paid employees, were trained by Obama in Chicago and trained to 'get in their face' when questioned. How progressive.
The ACORN investigations, now numbering 14, are all in potential swing states this election. How interesting. I guess the Obama campaign calls that a coincidence.
Calling into question the judgement and values of a political candidate is not racism. Obama has a history of very poor choices of friendships and mentors. He has gravitated to the most extreme of personalities. He embraces the Marxist principles of his mother, who raised him with Marxist political philosophy. He is on record as supporting his mother's political views.
John McCain has asked local and state GOP organizations to pull insensitive ads from television. Obama has not done so on the ads against McCain. When it is a choice of going on the high road as opposed to the low road, Obama travels the low road. He went into a real estate deal with his political fundraising sponsor, Tony Rezko, now a convicted felon. In Chicago. He and Michelle wanted that million dollar mansion in Hyde Park.
John McCain tamps down nasty remarks at his rallies. Obama has not. McCain corrects misinformed supporters. Obama does not. McCain calls for respectful disagreement. Obama tells his flock to 'get in their face.'
The civil right of free speech for all? The Obama campaign uses the thug tactic of shutting down the opposition. Michael Barone wrote an interesting article on this Chicago politician's style. In "Government by Thugocracy" at IBDeditorials, he pulls together instances throughout this campaign where Obama supporters have tried to shut down call-in talk radio shows, the re-surfacing of the Fairness Doctrine, demanded criminal prosecution of ad they claim are false, NBC took down a video of SNL's spoof of Democrats credited with the current financial collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack, and Democrat leadership support of "card check" legislation that even George McGovern is running commercials against. Barone says the legislation "would abolish secret ballot elections in determining whether employees are represented by unions. The unions' strategy is obvious: Send a few thugs over to employees' homes -- we know where you live -- and get them to sign cards that will trigger a union victory without giving employers a chance to be heard." Nice.
Barone concludes :"In this campaign, we have seen the coming of the Obama thugocracy, suppressing free speech, and we may see it flourishing in the four or eight years ahead."
Shame on you, Representative Lewis. You have allowed a bi-racial candidate for the highest office in the land to drag you down into the gutter with him. You had the opportunity to elevate the discussion. You chose the low road. Just like your candidate. Is that what you marched for?
MLK said judge not on the color of skin but on the content of character. Words to remember.