Palin Uses Hate to Motivate

8 10 2008

“Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” – Gandhi, 1948

“I’m afraid this is someone who sees, America as ‘imperfect enough’ to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.” – Sarah Palin, 2008

See, here’s the thing. Violence is bad. Murder, rape, assault – that type of violence is destructive and unhealthy. Healthy forms of violence – kickboxing, weight training, running – are good. Going to the gym and working off some rage is good. Raping a woman who just left the gym is bad. Everyone on the same page? Good. Let’s continue.

Inspiring unhealthy forms of violence is exactly what people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi detested (if you can claim Ghandi “detested” anything).

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”

Constructive conversation, peaceful action, finding common ground – these are the surrogates of diplomacy, non-violent protesting, and progress.

Leaders throughout history who inspired people by appealing to the angels of their better nature have become symbols of a way. A way to stop fighting without surrendering. A way to look hate straight in the face without hating back.  A way to focus on what binds us instead of what separates us. A way to negotiate irreconcilable differences.  A way to take a little but also give a little.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., 1958

Sarah Palin is not that kind of leader, and neither is John McCain.

“It’s a dangerous road, but we have no choice,” a top McCain strategist recently admitted to the Daily News.  “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.”

The ‘dangerous road,’ however, is not just a generic attack on Sen. Obama’s trustworthiness or honesty.  Rather, the McCain campaign has chosen to stand before campaign rallies and accuse Sen. Obama of hiding sympathies with domestic terrorists–to accuse their opponent, essentially, of being a terrorist.

With the McCain campaign now using the Palin stump speech to accuse Sen. Obama of hiding a terrorist agenda, the McCain campaign has staked its future on rhetoric that skirts the boundary between character assassination and incitements of actual violence against their opponent.

Inspiring progress is good. Inspiring assassination is bad. Ironically, this kind of rhetoric actually makes Palin sound like a domestic terrorist herself.




4 responses

8 10 2008
Tim Valentine

I absolutely agree with you.

Terrorists is one who terrorizes or frightens others. It’s amazing how many people from the woman in front of you at the grocery store to P. Diddy has said how much Sarah Palin scares them. By evidence of how he has conducted his campaign is proof that John McCain rather lose his dignity to win an election.

The lies are being uncovered. I plan on responding to this latest strategy of attack with my own question for people.

8 10 2008
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9 10 2008

Great post-great site! Count me in!

15 10 2008

Right on sister!

I posted a topic on a similar subject and people disagreed with me?! I had to explain why the toleration of incitement to violence is a bad thing, and why McCain might want to do something about it. I don’t know, maybe my post sucked… and I was not clear and persuasive. I’m working on that. I was just so disappointed and surprised (what an idiot!) that people equated my opposition to “Bomb Obama” with being unable to question Obama becuase he’s racially sensitive.

In my world “Bomb Obama” is not equivalent to “Senator Obama, can you explain your alleged relationship with William Ayers?”

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