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***SPRAYER
10-14-2008, 09:08 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122394063621930725.html

Georgia Democrat John Lewis was a brave civil-rights leader, but that doesn't give him moral license to fan racial tensions today. Yet that's precisely what he did on Saturday by suggesting that John McCain and Sarah Palin were inciting violence a la segregationist George Wallace.

By raising questions about Barack Obama's relationship with terror-bomber William Ayers, the Republicans are "sowing the seeds of hatred and division," Mr. Lewis said. "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."

Mr. Lewis's over-the-top analogy is nastier by far than anything the GOP nominees have said during this campaign. In any case, Mr. Ayers is white. The angry shouts last week at a couple of McCain-Palin rallies were ugly, but Mr. McCain earned boos himself by correcting supporters about Mr. Obama's ethnicity and calling him an honorable man. The Arizona Senator has also declined to make an issue of Mr. Obama's 20-year association with radical black preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright, though that association is also about Mr. Obama's honesty, not race.

Mr. Lewis later tried to clarify what he called "misinterpretations" of his statement and that he never meant to compare the GOP candidates to Wallace, but the damage was done. Because of his civil-rights record, Mr. Lewis gets a pass from the media and his fellow politicians even when he makes incendiary comments. But with remarks like those on Saturday, he deserves to be seen less as a racial healer and more like any other politician who uses race as a sword.

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Mecca
10-14-2008, 09:17 AM
Yea and Rick Davis response was basically that it was ok for their campaign to be racial because McCain was a POW..I posted it in another thread.

jidar
10-14-2008, 09:18 AM
hahah. That's a race grenade? I came in here to read a story about how he was rounding up people to go lynch or something.

***SPRAYER
10-14-2008, 09:18 AM
Yea and Rick Davis response was basically that it was ok for their campaign to be racial because McCain was a POW..I posted it in another thread.


What was "racial" in McCain's campaign?

Mecca
10-14-2008, 09:20 AM
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=194129

***SPRAYER
10-14-2008, 09:21 AM
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=194129

What was/is racial about McCain's campaign?

Mecca
10-14-2008, 09:23 AM
I guess that week of political hate speech inciting what it has really doesn't count eh?

***SPRAYER
10-14-2008, 09:23 AM
I guess that week of political hate speech inciting what it has really doesn't count eh?


What hate speech?

Mecca
10-14-2008, 09:25 AM
.......nevermind, it's not worth it.

***SPRAYER
10-14-2008, 09:27 AM
.......nevermind, it's not worth it.

Lots of cognitive dissonance when you step outside the moonbat echo chamber, huh?

ROFL

***SPRAYER
10-14-2008, 07:11 PM
Do you want to know why the race card—or at least the 21st century manifestation of it—is the most powerful, most effective political weapon in America?

There is no response possible. There is no answer to an African-American’s charge that what you are saying, or hinting, or thinking, or wishing, or unconsciously dreaming is racist.

Any attempt to defend yourself gives credence to the charge. Ignoring the smear is tantamount to an acknowledgement of guilt.