I am not American. Like most non-American and American observers, I am appalled and disconcerted (to say the least) by the McCain-Palin hatred conquest. If I could, I would vote for Obama. The world needs peace and solutions, not war and deceit. That leads me to say that followers are inspired by their leaders. Therefore, I am not surprised that Palin-McCain do not condemn their "Angry Mob" fans. Below are excerpts of articles (with link to the source) that illustrate McCain-Palin moral issues.
John McCain's RAGE
I was appalled on Monday, October 6, when at the rally in Clearwater, Florida, Sarah Palin again accused Obama of condoning terrorists and "palling around with terrorists." A member of her audience quite clearly said "Kill him!" Yet "Pro-life" Palin did not pause to chastise this horrible outburst. As a human being—not matter how foolish or unschooled or unqualified I find Sarah Palin—I expected her to sieze that moment for greatness and rightness and set the record straight. Her not speaking out right then against such a despicable comment shows not only that this woman cannot lead, but that she condones violence toward people who disagree with her—and at the least, has no clue how to take a stand for what is right. How sad! I have been watching her, and smirking a little over her ridiculous gaffes, and her obvious lack of understanding of the most basic global issues. I have understood that her ignorance is dangerous—but that one rally and that single missed opportunity on her part to do right has focused my attention to the fact that this woman is a detriment to us all. God help us if voters do not make it clear in November that NEVER AGAIN will we tolerate such blunt idiocy in the White House.–Jean H.
Frank Schaeffer: "Senator John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.
John Kerry writes : John McCain has shown a stunning failure of leadership. His campaign, in a time of economic crisis and foreign policy drift, has degenerated into a negative and nasty campaign of smears.
The reports are piling up of ugliness at the campaign rallies of John McCain and Sarah Palin. Audience members hurl insults and racial epithets, call out "Kill Him!" and "Off With His Head," and yell "treason" when Senator Obama's name is mentioned. I strongly condemn language like this which can only be described as hate-filled.
According to reports, every ad paid for by the John McCain campaign is now a negative ad -- every single one! McCain allows his running mate to make outrageous charges that only a few years ago would have disqualified someone from serious consideration for national office.
We cannot stand by and allow this to happen. We need to fight back, spread the word about what kind of low campaign he's running, and make sure people know the truth.
Campbell Brown: Look, everybody, we all know that we are in unchartered territory here. Never before has there been an African-American presidential nominee. So without question, race is going to be part of the conversation. Race baiting doesn't have to be. And yet, it is happening in this campaign.
Twice this week, surrogates for Senator McCain had made a point of calling Senator Obama "Barack Hussein Obama." The implication here is clear. It's foreign sounding. It's Muslim sounding. It's un-American sounding. It's dangerous sounding.
What it is, is race baiting. And that is what is dangerous. Inciting crowds, encouraging their angry outbursts. McCain supporters shouting "treason" and "terrorist" about Obama at these rallies — that is dangerous.
This video is partisan - we admit - but the people are real and their perspective is real. And no one who knows McCain denies his anger. Even John McCain acknowledges his temper. Is this the man we want to be the leader of the free world? Read more>
Former Republican Gov. William Milliken is expressing doubts about his party's nominee.
"He is not the McCain I endorsed," said Milliken, reached at his Traverse City home Thursday. "He keeps saying, 'Who is Barack Obama?' I would ask the question, 'Who is John McCain?' because his campaign has become rather disappointing to me.
"I'm disappointed in the tenor and the personal attacks on the part of the McCain campaign, when he ought to be talking about the issues." [...]
During a stop in Grand Rapids on Thursday, Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican U.S. senator from Rhode Island, said he's voting for Obama and urging others to do likewise. [...] Chafee said he has spoken with several other moderate Republican leaders, and "there are a whole lot of us deserting." Read more>
The Fireside Post: John McCain is dangerous
The Grand Rapids Press: Former Governor Milliken Backs Away From McCain
The Huffington Post: Republican Congressman Criticizes Palin Rallies
Women Against Sarah Palin: An Independent Women Says No To Palin's Smear Tactics