Hostility http://www.pfaw.org/ Tue, 21 Oct 2008 20:29:26 -0400 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:31:57 -0500 McCain-Palin Pit Bulls Turn Feral http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mccain-palin-pit-bulls-turn-feral <p>There's a long history in American politics of exploiting divisions and fanning bigotry to win elections. In recent decades those strategies were honed by Lee Atwater and Karl Rove. Now the torch has passed to Steve Schmidt, and he&rsquo;s done just about everything possible to fan the flames.</p> <p>Schmidt&rsquo;s tactics and the right-wing echo chamber have convinced millions of Americans that the nation is about to elect someone who hates America and &ldquo;pals around with terrorists.&rdquo; Just take a look at this video of supporters outside a Palin rally:</p> <p><object width="425" height="344"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lPg0VCg4AEQ&hl=en&fs=1" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="425" height="344" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lPg0VCg4AEQ&hl=en&fs=1" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p> <p>In recent weeks, the right wing has grown even more frenzied as McCain and his allies pushed the ACORN <a href="http://site.pfaw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=media_2008_10_right_wing_smear">voter fraud hoax</a>. Not only is Obama a Manchurian candidate, the thinking goes, but his evildoer comrades at ACORN are trying to steal the election. It&rsquo;s little wonder that some people are going berserk.</p> <p>McCain, Palin, Schmidt, Limbaugh, Hannity and the rest of them have created something very powerful, but very ugly, and it&rsquo;s grown too big for them to control. Here is just some of what happens when you train your pit bulls to fear and hate and attack, and then they get loose:</p> <p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/10/21/Obama_lawn_sign_replaced_by_rebel_flag/UPI-50851224625145/">Obama lawn sign replaced by rebel flag </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whec.com/article/stories/S614414.shtml?cat=566">Obama sign burned on black family's front lawn </a></p> <p><a href="http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/10/bomb_obama.php">Anti-Obama Fury Spills Over Into Down-Ticket Contests: "Bomb Obama" </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/54360.html">Death threat, vandalism hit ACORN after McCain comments </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hate-you-can-believe-acorn-deluged-threatening-and-racist-voicemails-and-emails">ACORN Deluged with Threatening and Racist Voicemails and Emails </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003875619">Obama Called a Socialist and 'Un-American' </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/bellantoni/2008/Oct/20/mccain-supporters-call-early-voters-ch/">McCain supporters heckle early voters </a></p> <p><a href="http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5igVGB_hHJfX2Odof8OgJyEPkCLPwD93UJIT83">Dead bear covered with Obama signs found at school </a></p> <p>People For the American Way is tracking such incidents around the nation. If something happens in your community that people should know about, please <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/drupal/index.php?q=contact">get in touch</a>.</p> Josh Glasstetter ACORN Anger Hate Speech Hostility John McCain Karl Rove lee atwater Rush Limbaugh Sarah Palin Sean Hannity steve schmidt Threats 28974 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 20:29:26 -0400 Hostility