May 13, 2008

Rule of the First

Just saw this article in the Washington Post about racial incidents that the Obama campaign is facing as they move around the country. As the article mentions, Obama himself is shielded from this, but his supporters, even those who are white, are getting some pretty bad treatment from people who don't want to see a black president. In addition to the vandalism and racial remarks from people, people, including ethnic officials, are launching ethnic and (completely baseless) religious insults:
In a letter to the editor published in a local paper, Tunkhannock Borough Mayor Norm Ball explained his support of Hillary Clinton this way: "Barack Hussein Obama and all of his talk will do nothing for our country. There is so much that people don't know about his upbringing in the Muslim world. His stepfather was a radical Muslim and the ranting of his minister against the white America, you can't convince me that some of that didn't rub off on him.

"No, I want a president that will salute our flag, and put their hand on the Bible when they take the oath of office."

Obama's campaign workers have grown wearily accustomed to the lies about the candidate's supposed radical Muslim ties and lack of patriotism. But they are sometimes astonished when public officials such as Ball or others representing the campaign of their opponent traffic in these falsehoods.

Someone once wrote that the first person of a specific minority to enter a new field always needs to be above the fray. Jackie Robinson, for example, had to endure people spitting on him and making death threats, while Rosa Parks had to remain a model citizen in the midst of the hoopla surrounding the bus boycott. I think Obama is finding himself in the same situation. So for you 44's who operate on a higher level of knowledge, I'll share this small bit of awareness regarding the Obama campaign. For everyone else, let's keep it under wraps so that the country can focus on the issues.

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