In an October 11, 2008 article at CNN (here: http://www.cnn.com/…index.html ), Senator John said that comments made about McCalin rallies were "shocking and beyond the pale,"



But what were those comments and who said them?



Democratic Congressman John Lewis is a civil rights leader and has been active in the civil rights movement for his entire life. He addressed the same crowd that heard the "I Have a Dream" speech (yes, the one from Martin Luther King Jr.) and he recently admitted to being reminded of a much more racist time in American history.



That CNN article quotes Lewis as saying: "What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse," Lewis said in a statement.



"George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the 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," wrote the Democrat. "



McCain says those charges are "shocking" and "beyond the pale."



Right.



Is it really that shocking to imagine racism coming from a crowd of white people? Seriously--how many non-white faces do you see at any McCain rally?? That alone says that the McCain/Palin ticket is not seeking out any sort of real balance in the support they are getting. It's just white people.



So, the idea that a black activist, who has been fighting racism his entire life, would see racism come from a long succession of carefully selected white crowds at McCalin rallies might be shocking is just sad.



Come on, Senator John, what happened to you? You used to be a decent man.



Now you're playing off an American Hero's criticism of you as though he's playing politics. And even if Lewis is playing politics the way you react is with RESPECT, JOHN. RESPECT.



Playing the "shocked" card disrespects a great man and the great people whose votes you are courting.



Be humble, John.



Be graceful.



Ah screw it, you're losing, McCain--you might as well keep digging your political grave.



Watch for part 2 of this post which will talk about McCain's use of the Straw Man Argument in defending against Lewis' attack.
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