The Price of Encouraging Political Violence

The comparisons to much of the rhetoric and language used by the McCain campaign frighteningly contain many of the same sentiments of the above leaflet, which was handed out in Dallas, Texas the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Indeed, words and phrases like “anti-American”, “anti-Christian”, and “treasonous” are more of a call to arms than a call to the ballot box. With this in mind, we should all be cautious of what the Republicans are aiming for in their attacks on Barack Obama.

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  1. JollyRoger says:

    We have to redouble our efforts to defeat the Klanservative scum and send that white trash ditz back to Alaska. She’ll be back, to be sure, but we can use the 4 interim years to try to educate people.

  2. check your words says:

    don’t ever forget that exclusion and hatred is not exclusive to republicans, sure there is great reason to be pissed, and this kind of divisive language needs to be faced and challenged, but “white trash ditz” ain’t much better.

  3. Anon says:

    Key word: Communism

    Replace this with “Terrorism” and you have today’s equivalent of that leaflet.

  4. McCarthy's Ghost says:

    Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Terrorist Party?

  5. Naturegirl says:

    I’ve never seen this before. Never.
    And now I get why people are so worried about the language the Republicans are using. Why don’t they get it, or do they and yet they play with this fire anyways???

  6. Shazam says:

    Comparing the disgust of the left with the vitriol of the right doesn’t measure up. Calling someone a “white trash ditz” is merely insulting their intelligence. It is nothing compared to calling someone a traitor to their country or an ‘agent of evil.’ As a liberal, I don’t want to see harm come to Palin (or McCain), but I don’t want someone so ignorant running my government. Conservative viewpoints the likes of which Palin and McCain are stoking don’t see liberals as a legitimate part of America. Our history is littered with such rhetoric sparking political violence. Jack, Bobby, Martin, Malcom – all killed by adherents of conservative ideology who believed they were doing the right thing.

    Those among us who have ever been called immoral because of our sexual orientation or evil because we don’t subscribe to religious prejudice have every right to be angry. This is our country too and all we want is to be respected as being a part of it. But you don’t hear the left calling for the murder of conservatives.

  7. everyman says:

    I suppose the republican party won’t be satisfied till they kill 2 presidents…

  8. NO MCCAIN says:

    Go Fuck Yourself McSame!

  9. God says:

    Check Your Words and Shazam have given intelligent, adult comments. Nature girl has a good question. The rest of you are douche bags.

  10. JollyRoger says:

    check your words,

    With all due respect, bullshit. We’ve taken the “high road” for the last couple of decades. Just how has it paid off? The wingtard Klanservative scum have been allowed to paint us as they wish, and we’ve been eating it. I’m not running for office, and more importantly, nothing I said id false. I happily stand by it.

  11. justawanka says:

    Nice Photoshop job. Very convincing. You expect folks to believe this as fact without citations? On your good name alone?

    Wait, nevermind. People will believe anything that’s posted on a website that agrees with their own (narrow) view of the world.

  12. conativejj says:

    I’ve heard 1, 2, 5, and 7 used against GWB. Not excusing him his crimes, but just saying that both sides use the same rhetoric. Whether it’s true or not seems to depend more on your party affiliation than any other factor.

  13. Rick James says:

    justawanka,

    denial is a helluva drug

  14. livelytom says:

    Many people in Dallas in 1963 saw these. There was even an ad in the Dallas Morning News expressing similar sentiments. For years afterwards, whenever we traveled out of town, we were ashamed to say we were from Dallas.

  15. Neil says:

    Conativejj…maybe you have heard those things (1[first line only], 2, 5 and 7) about Bush because they are absolutely 100% true as applied to Bush-even many conservatives acknowledge that much. Or have you, like many conservatives and others who say that current Democrats are just as bad about using smear tactics as Republicans, been living under a rock for 8 years?
    Please enlighten me…when was the last time that a democratic organization encouraged treating a republican candidate as a traitor-even when it was arguably true? When was the last time a democratic organization or candidate accused a republican of being a fascist or theocrat-even when it was obviously true? Where are all these liberal smears?Jim Crow southern democrats fifty or sixty years ago maybe? “Caribou Barbie” just doesn’t add up to “Terrorist!” In case you hadn’t noticed, there is in fact at this point in time a substantial intellectual and moral difference between the two parties, whether you want to accept that fact or not.
    Even the leftist radicals (not Democrats) of the 60’s barely touched the kind of baseless smearing that has been a major part of every national Republican campaign for the last forty years!
    For the record I am a social liberal and fiscal moderate, registered with no party. Both parties have the tendency to go too far when given too much power, but in terms of both real abuse of power and dirty election tricks and smear tactics, the last thirty-plus years of republican rule have been a downward spiral, culminating in a completely criminal administration with no regard for law, ethics, principles or facts.
    Sorry to go off, but I am truly sick of this false equivalence. I hear it all the time from moderate conservatives and centrists who just can’t be bothered to take a stand or admit a mistake. People who claim that current Democrats are, in any way, shape or form, just as bad as the current crop of conservatives are either willfully ignorant, deluded, or just plain lying.

  16. Ellid says:

    Correction: that wasn’t a flyer. It was an ad in the Dallas newspapers that was published just before or on the day of the assassination. And as much as I’d love to blame the assassination on it, there’s no evidence that Lee Oswald had ever read it or even seen it.

  17. The comparisons to much of the rhetoric and language used by the McCain campaign frighteningly contain many of the same sentiments of the above leaflet, which was handed out in Dallas, Texas the day of John F. Kennedy s assassination. Indeed, words and phrases like anti-American , anti-Christian , and treasonous are more of a call to arms than a call to the ballot box. With this in mind, we should all be cautious of what the Republicans are aiming for in their attacks on Barack Obama.

  18. wc says:

    I was living in chicago at the time jfk was killed and i well remember the hate and negative talk about jfk.because of the fact he was killed it has over shadowed the fact that he was not well liked while in office. he was in dallas to try and mend the political problems in the democratic party at that time.the artical shown here is mild compared to others floating around america at that time.to like or dislike is our right in america but to express those feelings with violence like the killing of jfk,bk,mlk and the attempt on wallace is crazy.At this time we all need to look forward to the future of America.we need to stop pointing fingers and concentrate our efforts on saving what we have left of a free country.

  19. mark says:

    Some people in the this thread fail to notice an important distinction between the wackos on the left and the wackos on the right.

    The video above indicate there are wackos on the right that almost made it to the Presidency, and the wackos on the right own their own TV network and one of them is the number one radio personality in America. Someone above noted that they had never heard about what was in this JFK leaflet. That’s how it was back then. The right wing wackos had very few people to hear them. Look how dangerously far they have come. See one having billionaires as backers will get you.

    Wackos on the left are pretty much confined to writing in blogs.

    Their really is no comparison.

  20. Steve Moyer says:

    There is one mind … OUR mind. Regardless of whether Lee Harvey Oswald saw this flyer, the content was entered into OUR mind. Where do your thoughts come from? Do you know? We share the same thoughts, feelings and desires. Genuinely new thoughts, feelings and desires are rare. Some might even assert they never happen, that everything is a re-hash of what has come before the present moment.

    The point I’m making is that we need to be careful about what we put into the collective mind of humanity. Just like a pebble cast into a pond, a thought has ripples which continue through the pond and even beyond into all that exists. The concept of “eternal life” can be understood by thinking about the effects every action has on everything which follows. The effects never end … they continue forever.

    Responsibility is a virtue. Be responsible for virtue. Put the truth into the pond of human mind. Put virtue into it. Love is the answer. Love is a virtue.

    What needs to be done?
    Love is the answer. Peace is the way. Harmony is the result.

    Blessings!

  21. alec says:

    Steve: What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  22. Uhh says:

    Except Kennedy was killed by a communist.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Except, this flyer, like most hate speach, was handed out by fringe weirdos with no resources to do anything about “it”. The real criminals who did harm to JFK, and RFK were well funded businessmen in suits who control vast resources.

  25. Mr White says:

    Ted Kennedy should have never ever been allowed to live till 2009. He has single handley destroyed America with the illegal immigration of Mexicans and Muslims.

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