Keep the Mob Crowd Away

@zebra2222 (5144)
United States
October 12, 2008 2:29am CST
John McCain and Sarah Palin have stirred the passions of their supporters. Unfortunately, some of those passions served the most basest, nastiest, elements of our society. Racist and bigoted remarks do not serve our country. Questions of patriotism are also peppered in speeches. This is politics at its worst. Discuss the issues. Tell us your solutions to critical problems. Stop the ranting and the raving.
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@spalladino (17926)
• United States
12 Oct 08
The McCain-Palin team have stirred ugly passions...hatred and fear, which have come home to roost in the form of national news coverage of angry, misinformed and scared supporters at his rallies. Those who support him here will say it's fine & dandy for them to focus on inciting people to hate instead of promoting what John McCain can do as president. This truly is politics at it's worst and fortunately someone in the McCain camp has realized this and has caused the scare tactics to be toned down by both McCain and Palin but, as we have seen recently, McCain is having a problem putting out the fires he's started. I posted a couple of days ago about my neighbor's daughter, a university freshman here in Florida, leaving Palin's rally early because she and the girls with her became uncomfortable by the intensity of anger and hatred the crowd was being incited to. They were afraid for their safety as young women among a large group of people being pushed to the point of rage. This will be her first opportunity to vote and it's a shame that the only think she was able to take out of that rally was fear...and not fear of Obama as Palin had hoped, but fear of that crowd. The solution is for both John McCain and Sarah Palin to stop the attacks and focus on the positive.
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• United States
13 Oct 08
It's really sad that your neighbor's daughter and her friends had that kind of introduction to politics. I watched the Palin rally this afternoon and they would have seen a far different crowd if they'd been at this rally. No nasty rhetoric, no incitement and suspicion and lo and behold - no one in the crowd was screaming for answers about Obama or booing his name. Instead they were cheering and chanting USA USA USA and applauding lines like "We'll turn your anger to action!"
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• United States
12 Oct 08
you know i very dearly wish i could say that i have a solution to critical problems. then again who among us wouldnt want to be able to say "i know how to do it!" i certainly dont think that just by having either McCain or Obama in office is gonna resolve even 1/2 of the problems we are facing. and if it did, then the other 1/2 of the country would be upset with the solutions and vise-versa. i HOPE that someone with a good head on their shoulders gets into office. and is able to solve at least some of the problems. i fear that isnt going to happen though. 1 or 2 things might get "fixed", though its more likely gonna be a bandaid to hold it over for a while. i agree that having passion for your chosen candidate is a good thing, as is having love and a passion for your country. some ppl have just gotten out of control, things seem to be edging toward violence. which, i hate to say it, i believe is going to happen at one of these campaign rallies. i think it is just a matter of time before a riot of zealots breaks out and all hell breaks loose.
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@clrumfelt (5421)
• United States
12 Oct 08
McCain and Palin are telling the truth and if it is odious to the crowd, so be it. The truth about Obama is odious to a lot of us. However, McCain and Palin have made it clear they do not support such outbursts, false accusations and riot-type behavior against Obama in their campaign. End of subject.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
12 Oct 08
It may be the end of the subject for you, but we still have a ways to go before the election. I think more people think the McCain/Palin ticket is scary than the other way around. We need something new in this country, not someone whose followers are prone to such language despite whether or not their leaders call them on it. It wouldn't have started in the first place if McCain and Palin's invectives were not so blatantly over the top.
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• United States
13 Oct 08
"McCain and Palin are telling the truth" You are lying. Palin claimed that Obama "pals around with terrorists". Obama was never close to Ayers in any capacity, as reported in the very same New York Times article she referenced (and obviously didn't read) during the same speech: "A review of records of the schools project and interviews with a dozen people who know both men, suggest that Mr. Obama, 47, has played down his contacts with Mr. Ayers, 63. But the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.”" -- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/04/us/politics/04ayers.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Again, you are lying. They are not telling the truth, and neither are you.
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@clrumfelt (5421)
• United States
13 Oct 08
It's kind of odd that you would call conservatives liars over this controversy, based solely on an article published by the ultra-liberal newspaper, the New York Times. For a more complete view of Obama and Ayers associations, examine the CNN investigation into the Ayers/Obama connection. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4FRmW495BA&feature=related
@vellibiz (297)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I think its scary, where the emotions are headed this electaion. Though i believe in free speech and the rights to assembly, they are offten used to make situations worse and others re-occur, such as racism.This election reminds me about the 60's political times, when being called a communist was the worst thing possible, today i think terroist is in replace.And the McCain camp says terrosit and Obama in the same sentence, this incites people who associate the feeling with 911.Something similiar to Obama saying bush in the same sentence at McCain, same objective, two very different outcomes.Seems Obama is keeping to buisness (politics) and McCain more so Palin, is trying to hurt theyre opponent personally.Defacing Obamas character, something the man has been working on his whole life.I love politics even when it gets dirty.But, (I) believe you can only go so negative before you sound like a angry candidate, as people were saying that Barrack doesnt want to become the angry black man, McCain is proving he's the angry white one.
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• United States
13 Oct 08
Personally, I'm so tired of all this petty bickering and accusations and dirt slinging. These are supposed to be mature and grown-up individuals, individuals that are wanting to be the President of the United States. Instead they are behaving more like immature children, and the thought of any of these people being a President very much frightens me. They are hitting each other below the belt. McCain appeared to try and soothe ruffled feathers, but at the same instant, he also fans the flames...I'm afraid for Barack Obama...if he gets elected, and actually becomes our President, I'm afraid for his safety. Racism is strong and alive in this country still. Obama seems to be a little more cool and collected than McCain, which I think is a good thing..he won't be making any hasty decisions or losing his cool when things heat up. I've seen McCain lose his temper and his cool (in videos on Youtube...I guess those are for real...who knows, now...) I can't imagine Obama cussing anyone out the way McCain did in those videos. On the other hand, I'm against abortion. But I don't feel we should have a Republican in the office for another four years. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. But you're right, the racism and bigotry should not be an issue in this election. Unfortunately it seems it is. When will we ever grow up and display a little intelligence and integrity?
@anniepa (27242)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Amen! I thought it was really telling when McCain tried to defend Obama and got booed by his own supporters. It seems like every election I say it's the worst it's ever been, but I'd never SEEN dirty politics until this year and if it ever gets worse than this I don't want to witness it! I'm sorry, but I know there are McCain supporters who will swear Obama and Biden have been as bad or worse than McCain/Palin, but I say no way! Anything even remotely negative they've said have had to do with issues and policy and to me disagreeing with someone's stands on the issues isn't mudslinging at all, it's political debate. Sometimes it becomes necessary to defend oneself, but what are they supposed to do, sit idly by and be called terrorists or anti-American? If I were McCain or Palin and someone at my rally started yelling "kill him", "terrorist" or even made less violent remarks such as "He's an Arab" I'd say in no uncertain terms that anyone who acted or felt like that shouldn't be supporting me. If they really put "Country First", they couldn't do anything less because this kind of rhetoric and behavior is nothing but bad for our country. Annie