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an sjp salute: if the shoe fits, wear it!  

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This is what John Lewis said:

"What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse. During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama."

This is what Lt. Dan and Ice Queen supporters have been heard saying:

"He's a terrorist"
"Kill him"
"He's an Arab"
"He's not one of us"
"I can't vote for that boy"
"He doesn't
share our American values"
"He scares me"
"I won't vote for a black man"

This is what SjP says:

If the shoe fits, Lt. Dan and Ice Queen - you got to wear it! A Sojourner's Salute to Georgia Representative and Civil Rights icon, John Lewis for calling them out!

Obliged to you for hearing me,
and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...

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15 sojourners hollin' back

It amazes me that McCain would have the nerve to be offended. He was the one that called Obama that one (he might as well have said boy), refused to shake hands or make eye contact, and allowed racist taunts at his rallies. If he didn't want to be called a racist he should not have engaged in racist behaviour or condoned racist behaviour at his rallies.

October 13, 2008 at 3:46 AM

John Lewis is absolutely right. McCain is intentionally ginning up the same kind of personal ranchor, and give aid and comfort to the wachos he knows might take it the next level.

Now he may have started to walk it back Friday; but that's after a week of stooking the flames. He should have never done it in the first place.

BTW, nice new layout for your blog.

October 13, 2008 at 9:43 AM

John Lewis is right, Sojouner, and while I'm not the praying kind, I pray Obama wins in November so we won't have to listen to McCain and Palin ever again! Hope you're doing well! Just came from Villager's post and the video about NASSA. What a hoot! :)

October 13, 2008 at 10:39 AM

While I do have Obama on my sidebar I'd really love to have the pic you have "Yes, that one" on your blog. Can I have it?

October 13, 2008 at 10:43 AM

John Lewis is correct, of course, but the entire thing is blowing up in Sen. McCain's face. He's supposed to be going after independent and undecided voters. These voters, especially independents, don't want to hear smear talk or guilt-by-association crap. They want to know what a candidate is going to do to deal with the financial crisis. McCain's negative message is helping these voters to go on the side of Obama.

October 13, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Don't be insulting clowns SjP, lol!

I had to post John Lewis' statement also. He hit the nail on the head and I'm glad that someone as significant as him opted to step up and say what needed to be said.

October 13, 2008 at 11:32 AM

My Aunt and I had a disagreement about the John Lewis issue. SJP, she shared your sentiment. I felt John Lewis shouldn't have included the George Wallace reference but Lewis made a point about the disturbing tone McCain's campaign have taken.

October 13, 2008 at 12:58 PM

@ Renee', McCain/Palin are living examples of white privilege. A privilege that says I can do anything to you and get away with it because I'm white. Well, that privilege is truly becoming the white man's burden.

@ Yobachi, I'm really glad Lewis called McCain out. Even my white colleagues recognize that what Mc/Palin were doing as not only racist but more importantly dangerous.

Glad you like the new decor...much obliged!

@ The Teach, much obliged for stopping by. And yes, of course you can copy the my guest!

And that fingernails on a chalkboard. I'm with you that alone is enough to vote for Obama/Biden!

@ McDaddy, I think you are absolutely correct.

@ Sheila, LOL...yep, he hit the nail on the head with the head of the hammer...right on target!

@ AAW, as they say, history has a way of repeating itself. And the statements and innuendos made by McCain and Palin are too reminiscent of the George Wallace era. Lewis was simply providing a frame of reference to an historical fact. The fact that McCain/Palin took offense rather than to offer an apology for what could lead to yet another American Tragedy is very very telling.

October 13, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Kudos to John Lewis for telling it like it is!

October 13, 2008 at 5:25 PM


In regards to you comments to AAW, Exactly! And well put.

October 13, 2008 at 5:28 PM

@ Regina, ditto!

@ Yobachi, much obliged!

October 13, 2008 at 6:18 PM

John Lewis put it down, McCain is hust slowly but surely sinking in the quicksand he got himself into.

October 13, 2008 at 6:36 PM

@ Clnmike, McCain is completely out of control and all over the place. How in the world could anyone think that he should be the next leader of the free world. Scary! Very Scary!

October 13, 2008 at 6:55 PM

"The day will come when a man is judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Senator Obama's character is shady at best.

If not voting for Obama is being a racist, does that mean that blacks who do vote for him are racists as well?

What's the response when the shoe's on the other foot?

October 14, 2008 at 2:42 AM

@ Anonymous, if you are not voting for Obama because you disagree with his plan for America or even if you believe that his character is "shady at best" then your reasons for not doing so are valid. If, on the other hand, you are not voting for Obama because he is Black - then YES you are a racist and the shoes you are wearing fit.

As for my shoes? They are on the correct foot and I have no complaints of how they fit. Probably because I take my shoe buying very seriously and as such choose not to buy from the mail order catalog. I don't pay good money for shoes without checking them out and trying them on first.

"Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make." Ruth Benedict

October 14, 2008 at 3:40 AM
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