Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mob Mentality?

What are we becoming in the United States of America? I've seen videos of campaign rallies where Sarah Palin is speaking. She seems to be able to stir up the crowd in ugly ways. Maybe that isn't her intention, but it seems to be happening everywhere she goes. She will make a statement about Obama and the crowd responds with loud "boo"s. Someone in the crowd yells "kill him" and someone else yells "off with his head". This scares me. i lived through the sixties and seventies, when there was turmoil in this country. There were race riots. Two Kennedys and MLK were assassinated. Students were shot and killed while protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State. I don't want to see that atmosphere return.

The campaign is turning ugly. The angry, bitter look on Cindy McCain's face when she was talking about "a chill going through her body" when she heard of Obama voting against a bill funding the war. Has she forgotten that her own husband voted against a funding bill just two months before? It's not so much what she says that bothers me... it's the way the crowd reacts, booing and yelling, and Sarah Palin standing behind her, nodding her head in glee at the reaction. We are facing very serious issues that require rational thinking to find answers. It frightens me to see irrational rhetoric and people responding with base emotions.

Okay, I hoped I could avoid talking about politics. I do not want to stir up trouble or cause controversy. But until I express these things that are forefront in my mind, I just can't think or talk about anything else. I had to say it today because today both campaigns are coming to Ohio, which is in my back yard. If I see people that close to me acting like a mob, I don't know how I will be able to endure it.


Natalie said...

Thank you Judy. I have tried to remain neutral and *bipartisan,* but I agree completely... one side of this campaign is getting scarier by the day and they seem to relish the mob mentality. I hope it does not escalate.

judy in ky said...

Thank you for your comment, Natalie. You put it well about "relishing the mob mentality". That's what scares me more than anything.

Bearette24 said...

I am scared, too. But if it makes you feel any better, my husband keeps an eye on InTrade - where analysts place bets (using real money) on the outcome of the election - and the odds keep rising in Obama's favor. I think they're now saying there's a 76% chance he will win. But I do think the country is in a Republican deadlock, and a lot of women may vote for McCain/Palin simply because Palin is a woman. So I am worried, too.

judy in ky said...

Interesting, I've never heard of InTrade before.

Mim said...

HI Judy,
Well I am sorry to say C Mcain has an addiction problem... and this just makes me wonder if there are still problems in that area.
The campaign is so prejudiced, mean spirited, negative and sad.
Makes me embarrased to watch the Reps be so bipartisian.
Thanks for stopping by!

BumbleVee said...

I've been saying for a few weeks now that I thought it was getting ugly.... and quite honestly? I worry for Obama's safety.... I don't like the sound of things at all ... it sounds like total unrest and for some reason the so called Christians are being the most vile... what became of decency regarding a fellow human being? Imagine practically inciting people to riot....I don't understand the mentality of it at all.