It wasn’t until today that I finally got clear on what the McCain/Palin plan to win the Presidency is. A co-worker in an argument with another about who to vote for asked; “Why would you want to vote for a terrorist and a man who is not even one of us?” I thought about it for a moment, then got off my seat, walked over and asked him;
If he’s not one of us, then he must be one of them, so who is the “them” you’re talking about?
I’d heard those words before. Many times. Yup, I heard Sarah Palin repeat just those words often during many of her televised campaign stops in front of cheering crowd.
“He’s not one of us,” he’s not like us" repeated often is a subliminal message that resides somewhere in memory. It’s designed to separate and ostracize. It’s diabolical.
“He’s not like us,” and “this is not a man who sees America as you and I do - as the greatest force for good in the world… WE see an America of exceptionalism…” leaving it out there that Barack Obama sees a bad or perhaps evil America because he’s not “one of us.”
There is a cultural wedge being driven into the American electorate by Sarah Palin and John McCain, and it is being driven in firmly with malice and forethought. This is a win at any cost strategy. By hook or crook.
Many ran with the Bill Ayers story because it was more controversial and perhaps sexy for the press, but methinks they missed the political sleight of hands in Governor Palin’s earlier words.
Conservative columnist - Scott St. Clair - writes;
"Us" are who this country is supposed to be about: ordinary Americans who work hard, love and willingly sacrifice for their families and country, and struggle with challenges all the while not asking government to be their nanny, but, rather, to secure for them the blessings of liberty so that they are free to enjoy the rewards of their hard work, the love and fellowship of their families and countrymen, and to live their lives as they see fit.
So, I say to Sarah “Barracuda” Palin and John “McNasty” McCain; Barack Hussein Obama is ONE OF US, just like every Black, Latino, Chinese, Japanese, Briton, Irish, German, Israeli, Ethiopian, Kenyan, Russian, Liberian, Jamaican, Nigerian, Rwandan etc, who calls America the beautiful - HOME - either through immigration, birthright as sons and daughters of former slaves, or descendants of the Mayflower arrivals. “Us” are Americans united by our desire to be free to love, serve and worship, as we deem fit.
It is my belief though that these subliminal messages will not work as well as designed because more Americans now see Blacks as part of the “Us” that the Revd. Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream about many years ago.
Make no mistake about it, the race, bigotry and prejudice card is being played daily on the campaign trail by Sarah Palin and John McCain, and they know just what they’re doing. Their October Surprise is their hope that their subliminal message will bear fruit just before the voter pulls the lever.