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OFF TOPIC: Georgia Congressman John Lewis Says McCain Campaign "Playing With Fire"

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Black Tennis Pro's John Lewis"They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better."

Congressman John Lewis on McCain-Palin Campaign


Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis has obviously had enough of this weeks hate rhetoric being spewed by the McCain-Palin Campaign.

In a statement today Lewis said:

"As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign," Lewis said in a statement. "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.

During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the 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 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.

As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better."

McCain and Palin have ramped up their negative remarks to the point that their supporters have felt totally free to shout terms such as McCain and Palin, supporters have shouted "traitor," "terrorist," "treason," "liar" and even "off with his head."

McCain and Palin have created such a comfort zone of hate at their rallies that one woman who was handed the microphone by John McCain said that ""I can't trust Obama. He's an Arab." McCain retrived the microphone and said, "No, ma'am. No, ma'am. He's not, he's a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues."

McCain must really not like Arabs, because after he and "Obama pallin' around with terroists" Palin have called the Senator everything but a child of God this week, even he drew the line at Arab.

Posted by Shelia

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