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Elections & Voting Last Updated: Oct 9th, 2008 - 00:42:24

Sarah Palin is inciting violence against Obama
By Bev Conover
Online Journal Editor & Publisher

Oct 9, 2008, 00:22

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Sarah Palin is dangerous. She is a loose cannon. She is more of a psychopath than Bush and Cheney combined and she needs to be muzzled and caged before she gets Barack Obama killed.

Never before in the history of US presidential campaigns has a candidate incited violence against an opponent until Sarah Palin came along, passionately telling rallies, in that screechy voice of hers, that Barack Obama pals �around with terrorists� and �I am just so fearful that this is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America,� causing someone in the Clearwater, Florida, crowd to yell out, �Kill him!�

In Estero, Florida, where Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, who showed up in full uniform (he says he�s on duty 24/7, so he must sleep in it, too) struck the match for her by sarcastically barking Obama�s full name: �Barack Hussein Obama.�

Palin poured on more fuel Tuesday in Jacksonville, telling lies to a pumped up crowd bearing �No communists!� and �Palin�s Pitbulls� signs, �Our opponent voted to cut off funding for our troops. He did this even after saying that he wouldn�t do such a thing. And he said, too, that our troops in Afghanistan are just, quote, �air-raiding villages and killing civilians.� I hope Americans know that is not what our brave men and women are doing in Afghanistan.�

A man in that crowd angrily shouted, �Treason!�

In Pensacola, she again brought up her �Obama as terrorist� theme for his acquaintance with Bill Ayers, a former Weather Underground leader who is now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Never mind that Obama was 8 years old when the Weather Underground was committing violent acts, Palin lambasted him, saying, �He didn�t know that he had launched his career in the living room of a domestic terrorist?� in 1995, 20 some years after the federal government dropped the charges against Ayers.

Palin�s remark caused a woman to yell, �Get him, Sarah!�

While widely reporting her incendiary remarks, the corporate media have ignored the potential consequences of Palin�s words.

It�s bad enough that right-wing talk show hosts call for people�s deaths -- and we saw how that played out when Jim D. Adkisson shot up the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, killing two and wounding five, because he hates liberals as well as gays -- but for a vice presidential candidate to hurl verbal bombs that could lead to a man�s death is not just over the top, not just �mildly dangerous, as Joe Biden called it, it�s criminal.

If John McCain has any integrity at all, this ignorant, vindictive, hate-spewing woman should be immediately removed from the Republican ticket and sent back to Alaska, where she can continue carrying out her vendettas by figuratively shooting anyone who crosses her and literally shooting innocent animals from a helicopter. She is a disgrace not only to all women, but also to all human beings.

McCain better consider that if some rabid right-winger is incited to harm Obama due to Palin�s words, she is an accomplice and he, for lack of denouncing and ridding himself of her, may very well be too.

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