A PICTURE in this morning’s Times caught my eye. This is it.
Where do you start?
These people are trying to win the election for their candidate (Palin) by suggesting that Barack Obama should somehow be associated with Osama bin Laden… because their names sound a bit similar!
If that weren’t moronic and offensive enough, check out these intellectual musings (as reported in The Times) from the redneck tendency of the Republican Party:
“Obama and Biden will take this country far too far to the left. They’ll take away the freedoms I’ve spent 40 years defending,” said Dwayne Schnakenberg, 40, a Navy veteran.
Okay, I put that in just to expose the stupidity of someone who belives he’s been fighting for his country since the moment he was born. But there are others. Here’s my personal favourite:
“What turned me off was the way he wouldn’t put his hand over his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance or wear a flag pin. I don’t know how you can call yourself an American if you don’t do that,” Heather Zimerman, 39, a substitute teacher, said.
Uh-huh. Okay. Next!
“I don’t know what he was doing in Indonesia all those years — hanging around with Muslim terrorists?” Madeleine Willis, 60, a retired factory worker, asked.
And, depressingly, there’s more…
Mr Taylor complained about the trip to Europe that Mr Obama took in July: “I don’t think the president of the US should go around saying, ‘I’m a citizen of the world’.”
The report adds that “One beefy man wore a T-shirt proclaiming: ‘The difference between Obama and Osama is just a little B.S.'”
I’m not an anti-American. I genuinely love America and I think it’s been a great force for good in the world throughout its history. And I have a lot of respect for the US political process. Too many Brits sneer at the spectacle of primaries and conventions.
But this kind of mugwump, redneck ignorance is truly disturbing.
I almost expected one of the Republicans quoted to pick up his banjo and say: “You’ve got a purty mouth, boy…”