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Myers' Musings

Posted: October 18, 2008 8:14 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
A local Democratic activist confided to me several months ago that his own dear mother told him, “America is not ready for a black president.”

This constitutes perhaps the most singularly racist comment a person can make. Not only does it reveal the individual’s own ignorant and vile prejudices, it also contains a certain smugness.

The vast majority of people feel the same way they do; they just lack the courage to say it out loud, but they will vote the “right” way when election day comes.

Many feel that recent events at John McCain and Sarah Palin rallies show the first ugly manifestations of this feeling.

At rallies in Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan, rally attenders shouted “Terrorist” and “Kill him!” when the candidates referred to Barack Obama.

Many fear this indicates the ugliness long buried under the shame of more enlightened times. I disagree. I believe it indicates the last furious death throes of this ignorance and vileness.

Why did it occur now, this late in the campaign season? Why not before, some time in the 20 months of this long campaign?

A simple reason: These disgraces to the human race must now face up to their worst fears. The American people may actually elect to the highest office in the land a person with dark pigmentation.

Why did this shift happen in the last three weeks? Four simple words: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

The worldwide economic system stands on the precipice after 12 years of Republican legislative dominance and eight years of a Republican administration that now seems outright bewildered.

Justly or unjustly, John McCain cannot escape from his Republican label.

But the ignorant possess many weapons to insulate themselves in their particular sad, little, frightening world. They can attend churches where everyone feels the same way.

They can watch Fox News and get all their in-depth political knowledge from the high-functioning idiot, Sean Hannity.

They can listen to Rush Limbaugh and the local versions of Rush Limbaugh who make Rush sound like a young William Ayers.

They can ignore polls and other sources of information because they “know” the liberal media rigs them for their own purposes. They can feel certain of the right result in the end.

But not now. Unfortunately, the cretins listened too closely to their high priests and their acolytes months ago.

Tony Blankley, the eminently reasonable right-of-center commentator on “Left, Right, and Center,” several months ago announced that if Virginia and North Carolina were toss-ups in the month before the election, the McCain campaign would possess bigger worries than what might occur in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Guess what: Virginia and North Carolina stand in the toss-up column.

Additionally, the cretins can sense the fear and hysteria in the voices and demeanors of their high priests.
No surprise that in the midst of the worst worldwide financial crisis in modern times last week, the lead story on the Fox News Web site trumpeted, “Problems in the Timeline of the Ayers/Obama Relationship.”

Sorry, guys. I know they intend to pitch hard, but nobody with an IQ above room temperature will buy right now.

What will the next three weeks see? Everyone knows I prefer Obama, but I see no dishonor in casting a vote for McCain if you believe McCain can live through at least his first term.

But with the racist hysteria out of the bag, decent people will eschew McCain/Palin rallies, concerned about an outbreak of mob violence against the media or people of color.

More kooks will attend, finding like-minded people only at the rallies, with co-workers, community members and even members of their own families admitting their intention to vote for Obama.

The more virulent the rallies become, the more moderate Republicans and independents will move towards Obama, seeing this as the only way to distance themselves from the mob.

The threat of violence does not concern me because only the kooks will show up, and their numbers will appear laughably small.

One will know the McCain/Palin campaign stands at the end when the mobs begin threatening the Republican candidates themselves for not buying into their narrow, sad view of the world.

Tim Myers is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Landscape Development Inc. in Valencia. His column represents his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.

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