What happened to the UNITED States of America? What happened to us all pulling together like we did after 9/11 or after devastating hurricanes or wildfires to help our neighbors? What happened to common decency, inclusion, and our fellow man? How did we get to the place of so many people saying YOU’RE NOT ONE OF US, which means we’re better than you, you’re scary, we don’t trust you, and we’re not going to include you.
A man at a McCain rally today had printed up bumper stickers that had Obama’s name and the word “Change” written with a swastika and Islamic symbol. He was saying to Obama and the more than 50% of the American public that supports him: YOU’RE NOT ONE OF US.
Republican Representative Michele Bachmann from Minnesota on Friday’s Hardball with Chris Matthews says she “…is very concerned that Barack Obama may have anti-American views”. She then called for the media to investigate whether members of Congress are pro-America or anti-America. She is saying to Obama and members of Congress who are left leaning: YOU’RE NOT ONE OF US.
White people have been interviewed on television saying they cannot vote for Obama because he is “colored”…they could never vote for a black man for President. Some say he is a Muslim or an Arab (he is neither) as if those are dirty words. They are saying to Obama: YOU’RE NOT ONE OF US.
Sarah Palin said “We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.” If you’re not a small town person, she’s saying YOU’RE NOT ONE OF US.
Sarah Palin also said this in a rally about Barack Obama: “Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country. This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America. We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism.” She’s saying to Barack Obama: YOU’RE NOT ONE OF US.
Since when did Republicans and those on the right have a corner on being patriotic and country-loving Americans, of being good people, of being a force for good, and of loving God? Republicans, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and the people coming to McCain and Palin rallies with signs that say things like (and this was one waving right in front of Todd Palin’s face at a rally) “Charles Manson was a community organizer”, do you think you are MORE American with your hatred, your divisiveness, your false accusations, your racism, and your inciting lynch mobs and prejudice?
That’s not the America I want to be a part of. If you want rioting, hate mobs, KKK, white supremacists, lynching, shunning of Arabs, Muslims, or anyone who isn’t white and isn’t a Christian, then those of us who want to promote peace, harmony, love, inclusiveness, caring for each other, understanding, and acceptance must say to you: YOU’RE NOT ONE OF US.