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I have read a number of columns recently that make essentially the same points that Kim does. However, one passage in his comment was particularly striking: "What holds this beast together is not the fear and loathing of any particular despised identity so much as the idea that America is under siege, disordered, on the cusp of imminent and total collapse, threatened by terrorists abroad and undermined by enemies at home. "

If you substitute "Germany" for "America" and imagine that it is 1933, the same question that occurred to me will begin haunting you. The McCain campaign has recruited, and lost control of, the brown shirts. But from where will the black shirts come and who will be leading them?

Walter F. Baber

San Diego, CA

Oct 20 2008 - 10:45am

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Forget the crap campaigning, Mr. McCain, and focus on such things as Obama's economic résumé--with such great achievements as these:

Total taxes, per capita, paid by Illinois residents increased 26 percent during Obama’s stay in the State Senate (source: The Tax Foundation, Washington, DC). And how did he help the citizens of Illinois pay for these taxes? Obama’s Illinois Senate bill, #1324, 90th Assembly, raised the maximum allowed grant to aid property tax payers to $70. Thanks for the help, B.O.

The number of uninsured Illinois citizens increased 3 percent during Obama’s time in the Illinois State Senate (source: US Census Bureau, Table HI-6, 2005). A year after Obama left the Illinois State Senate, 12 percent of all Illinois citizens were living in poverty (source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2005). Between 2000 and 2003 the rate of unemployment in Illinois increased 3 percent (source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2003).

Between 2000 and 2003 the percentage of Illinois households making over $75,000 dropped, while the percentage of those making less than $10,000 increased (US Census Bureau, State and County Quick Facts, Illinois, 2005). While the population of the United States increased between 2000 and 2005, the population of Illinois decreased by almost 3 percent for the same period (source: US Census Bureau, State and County Quick Facts, Illinois, 2005). While the US saw an increase in non-farm employment during the period 2000-2004, the same statistic for Illinois showed a decrease of over 5 percent (source: US Census Bureau, State and County Quick Facts, Illinois, 2005).

There is so much to challenge Obama's message of "hope" and "change," why bother with the Bill O'Reilly-like Inside Edition crap?

Walt Kienia

Nashua, NH

Oct 20 2008 - 9:28am

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I read The Nation faithfully when I was in high school. This hit piece reminds me that I outgrew it.

Never mind that none of the "kill him" statements never occurred. Never mind that the Duke Lacrosse team never raped anyone. It is all about "meta-narratives." Never mind that Joe the Plumber's background is better known than Obama's. We know that the Great Spirit is on your side.

It is sad that a magazine that once actually discussed issues has deteriorated into a megaphone that can only blare that anyone who disagrees with liberal rubrics is a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, xenophobic hate-monger. History suggests that such morally superior certitude eventually has widespread lethal consequences. Your Stalinist ethos is apparent to most any sentient being with even a passing knowledge of latter-day utopians.

I can only wonder who will play the new Torquemada, and from which reeducation camp we will hear the refrain, "We had to destroy the conservative in order to save him."

Civil Westman

Pittsburgh, PA

Oct 20 2008 - 9:27am

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Well, I see you are following the Obama routine. Now how about a compensating article describing how the Obama campaign is playing the race card over and over, with governors and senators speaking loud and clear that Americans are racists unless they vote for Obama. This is what I would call fair reporting. Do you have the guts to tell the truth?

Gene Guffey

Gadsden, AL

Oct 20 2008 - 9:07am

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Um, apparently the "machinery of hate" of the Democratic Party, the one that had a sitting member of Congress (not allegations re some anonymous person at a campaign event) comparing John McCain to the Democratic segregationist George Wallace, the insane rage that has gripped Obama supporters to the point where some will wear "Sarah Palin Is A Cunt" T-shirts (imagine if any McCain supporters wore "Barack Obama Is A Nigger" T-shirts--oh, the outcry there would be from the conscience-stricken left!) and most recently the physical assault of a McCain supporter in NYC by an Obamabot.

Somehow these missed your attention. Or maybe addressing hate from the left is above your pay grade? But thank you for once again putting liberal hypocrisy and sanctimony on display.

R.J. Gibson

Cambridge, MA

Oct 20 2008 - 9:03am

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I'm really concerned with the political discourse today. How can we come together as a nation when such bile and hate is spewed out by the media? For those in the middle and the right, Obama's campaign has been every been as hateful as McCain's. Obama is the one who continually raises the race card, distorts and lies continually about McCain's record etc. If we can't find ways to talk to one another more civilly, then we will fall more and more into our more non-civil reactions to the other side and feel comfortable with the response. I believe that many Democrats support the illegal actions of ACORN and other groups. I believe that because their response to the accusations is to accuse Republicans of worse. Wrong-doing should be stopped, whoever is doing it.

William Hamilton

Okemos, MI

Oct 20 2008 - 9:00am

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It feels more like we're waiting to get the barbarians out of the White House.

Sophie Annan Jensen

Lucerne, CA

Oct 18 2008 - 6:53pm

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I feel the mood of this article is angry, and rather barbaric. I prefer to see substance.

Susan Theorin

Farmington, MN

Oct 18 2008 - 11:02am

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Michele Bachmann is really off her rocker. She really is a strange piece of work, she is a nut case.


Caribou, ME

Oct 17 2008 - 7:26pm

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I work with a party-line Republican. Not long after the Palin pick, mimicking her voice the best I could, started riffing on how "the old guy just wasn't doing enough about earmarks, despite what he said. So, Todd and I had to do something about it. Todd held him down, and then (raising my hands over my head as I spoke) I took him out with my bare hands."

My colleague shouted, "Yes, Yes, Yes!"

David Smith

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Oct 17 2008 - 3:05pm

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