Sunday, October 19, 2008

Turncoats of the world unite!

I have always had the utmost respect for Colin Powell and that has only been reinforced by his decision - rumoured for a couple of weeks to be imminent - to publicly support Barack Obama for the presidency. He did it in a dignified way, without slamming John McCain (who I also believe to be a fundamentally decent man).

He also took on an issue that has been bugging me.

I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the [Republican] Party say... such things as 'Well, you know that Mr Obama is a Muslim.' Well the correct answer is, 'He's not a Muslim, he's a Christian, he's always been a Christian'

And then he makes the salient point.

But the really right answer is, "What if he is?' Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is 'No', that's not America."

The truth is, that much of the McCain campaign rhetoric against Obama - for which he has to take responsibility as figurehead - is vicious and downright un-American. It comes to something, when the candidate himself has had to defend Obama against the nastiest attacks from McCain followers.

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