What is wrong with us as a society?

If anything this presidential election has been an eye opener.  And these days it’s becoming kind of scary.  With the world economy tanking the McCain/Palin campaign is stoking fear in their supporters with the “palling around with terrorists” crap.   We are now hearing regular shouts of works like “terrorist”, “treason”, etc. coming from the people in the crowd.  What the hell is going on in this country?

At McCain’s townhall meeting with supporters today in Minnesota we heard various ridiculous statements like the guy who is afraid of raising his still-to-be-born child in an Obama presidency because of the potential choice of judges.  Ummm…what?  We then heard a woman say that she doesn’t trust Obama because he’s an Arab.  Today McCain finally said enough is enough and told his people that Obama is a decent guy and they should be respectful.  But why should he have to say that at all?  What is going on with these people?  What are they reading?   Who are they talking to to get these ridiculous ideas?

Also over the last few days we’ve been seeing ridiculous video like this:

or this:

He’s got the bloodlines? I’ve read about Obama and he’s an Arab?

Does the old woman at the McCain rally in Minnesota today know that in order to be President of the United States you have to be a natural born citizen?

Does the much younger woman in the first video above who says “He’s got the bloodlines” include white women from Kansas in the 1960s as Arab terrorists?

Do the idiots in the videos who say Obama is a Muslim know that he actually is a Christian? Why does that make a difference in the first place?

This kind of complete, willful, ignorance is ridiculous but also scary at the same time. I’ve got no problem with people who disagree with Obama on a policy standpoint but the rest of it is just crap. And to see the McCain/Palin campaign using these tactics is just digusting to me. It’s un-American and John McCain should be ashamed of himself.

2 thoughts on “What is wrong with us as a society?

  1. The video from Strongsville, Ohio turns my stomach. I live one suburb north of Strongsville. To think that people this stupid live this close to me makes me want to vomit. They could be saying similar things about McCain and my disgust wouldn’t change. My feelings are not related to either candidate directly. My feelings are related to the idiocy of people, in general.

    I hate politics and everything about it. I hate election season.

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  2. Bridget..I assume given your location you’re the same Bridget Stewart who I talked to after AEA Chicago last year (wish I was going this year). Good to hear from you and thanks for posting!

    I hear ya. The candidate really is irrelevant here. The behavior is disgusting regardless but I think in this case with the terrorist/Arab crap they’re trying to do is Obama makes it a bit worse given that he’s the first black candidate for President of the US. I don’t think the same crap would be happening if he were white.

    I am quite a bit different than you…I’m a total politcal junkie 😉 I do hate this type of behavior though and never understand why the candidates can never just argue the issues.

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