I actually had hope that this election season would be different. McCain claimed that he would run an honorable campaign. McCain used to be (or so I have been told) a man of honor who loved his country. It seems to me that he has now sold his soul to win at any cost. He is now running one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history (or perhaps ever).
While our economy continues to collapse, the McCain campaign has resorted to inciting hatred and racism and possible violence. This is as low as it can get. It has been extremely disturbing to listen to what has been being said at the McCain and Palin rallies all week; both by the candidates and by the people at the rallies. How can McCain and Palin question Obama's character when they have allowed comments such as "kill him", "treason", "terrorist" "off with his head" to be shouted out at their rallies? Instead of doing anything, both McCain and Palin just stood there and allowed people to shout out these hateful and violent remarks.
After a week of these "hate rallies", McCain has finally stepped in today saying that Senator Obama "is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared about as President of the United States." McCain went on to say, "He's a decent, family man", and later said, "We will be respectful.” and he even said “I admire Senator Obama and his accomplishments."
In my opinion it is too little too late. Hopefully both McCain and Palin will realize the hatred and divisiveness that they have created. If they have any sense of decency left at all, they will do the right thing and stop the lies and smears and get back to the issues that the country cares about before violence erupts.
For more on this week's disturbing politics, check out McCain's Chilling Dance With the Dark Side.
McCain and Palin claim that Barack Obama doesn’t understand regular people and the issues they care about. I beg to differ. I am a regular person. My family and many of my friends and who support Obama are regular people. Obama understands the issues we care about. Then again, in McCain and Palin's eyes perhaps I am not a "regular person”. I am not a hockey mom and I am not Joe Six Pack. I don't even like beer. I have two masters’ degrees. I guess that would make me one of the "nasty elite". I also fall more on the liberal side of politics. Those in the McCain/Palin campaign just as those in the Bush/Cheney campaign and many on FOX news such as Hannity, O'Reilly, Ann Coulter have brainwashed this country into thinking that those that have more liberal ideas are "BAD people" and only those with conservative beliefs are "good people". How has the country allowed this to happen?
For my mental health, over a year ago, I started turning the station whenever Bush has appeared on my TV. This week, I have gone a step further. I have deleted from my TV programming the so called "fair and balanced" FOX news channel, which in my opinion has been an accomplice in spreading these lies and have contributed to the hatred and racism of this campaign.
I will be voting for Obama and Biden because they believe in unifying our country instead of dividing it. I will be voting for Obama and Biden because they believe in peace, respect, and honor. I will be voting for Obama and Biden because they have both proven to be intelligent candidates who understand regular people and the issues they care about.
A life-long Republican from Wisconsin who is voting for Obama: