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McCain-Palin Play The Race Card

September 19, 2008

Well, it happened.

John McCain has succumbed to the lowest levels of desperation with his newest ad. He is now participating in the most cynical form of identity politics.  Race baiting.

[WATCH]

There is no mistaking the imagery of this misguided presentation: the sinisterly expressed pictures of two black men (backed by ominous music), followed by the tired, and weakened face of an elderly white woman.  Race-based politics 101.

Let's get the facts straight first. The ad is a "lie".  Not a partial lie, it is not taken out-of-context – IT IS A LIE!

The Obama campaign has released this statement (hopefully to be followed by numerous verbal rebukes, by an abundant surrogate base) refuting the ad:

"Statement from Frank Raines on the ad: "I am not an advisor to Barack
Obama, nor have I provided his campaign with advice on housing or
economic matters."

"This is another flat-out lie from a dishonorable campaign that is
increasingly incapable of telling the truth. Frank Raines has never
advised Senator Obama about anything — ever. And by the way, someone
whose campaign manager and top advisor worked and lobbied for Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac shouldn't be throwing stones from his seven glass
houses," said Obama-Biden campaign spokesman Bill Burton."

Now, one could say that the McCain campaign was simply trying to connect the Obama campaign with failed Fannie Mae leadership, except for the fact that it does not inject the person of Jim Johnson, the former Fannie Mae chairman who had to resign as head of
Obama's vice presidential search team after it was revealed he'd gotten a favorable deal on a mortgage from Countrywide Financial. (Note: Mr. Johnson is white) It only tries to establish a link between Frank Raines (black) and Obama (black).

However, if we're honest we know that the point of the ad is not Obama's having Fannie Mae executives as his advisers (which he doesn't).  The point of the ad is to continue a stereotype.  This stereotype being of black leadership.  What McCain and therefore the GOP is asserting is that blacks are not to be trusted as the heads of industry, and certainly not the American government. That they may be educated, but do not have the best interest of ALL society in mind – that they are apt to criminality and cronyism – and don't forget they are after your money!

It is the argument that has dis-inherited women, and African-Americans from ascending into higher office historically, the heritage which plagued the down-trodden which Howard Thurman so eloquently spoke of:

"The disinherited man has a
sense of gross injury. He finds it well-nigh impossible to forgive,
because his injury is often gratuitous. It is not for something that he
has done, an action resulting from a deliberate violation of another.
He is penalized for what he is in the eyes and the standards of
another."

We stand at the precipice of the historic,and possibly on the edge of a new day in our civic discourse, however, we learned more and more of the limits of our progress when we are subjected to the disgraceful tactics of small minded men like McCain.

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  1. September 21, 2008 2:19 PM

    George Bush has hurt the United States of America more than Osama Bin Laden ever did. From his Failure to Avenge America from 9/11 to his incompetence in New Orleans. Now our Economy is back to the Great Depression Era. The GOP shoves some senile lifetime Senator in front of the Public and demands that we trust it. GOP can’t win wars, GOP can’t handle the Economy,GOP doesn’t care about the People. GOP = American Al Qaeda.

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