I find your opinion of "Joe six pack" in this country as ignorant as anyone who refers to BO in this manner...
And for this part of the quote...
You think that's impossible?
You missed the term stereotypical. Not everyone who would define themselves as a Joe or Jane sixpack is the stereotypical archetype. Just as the vast majority of natural blondes are not the archetype for the "dumb blonde". Stereotypical Joe six pack encompasses the man that made those comments to my friend. It is the far extreme worst aspect of the "everyday average" person. The term "Joe six pack" was not originally coined as a compliment. Just as the "N" word was not coined as a compliment, but some African Americans use it this way among themselves.
I am not referring to everyday average U.S. citizens, who happen to prefer beer, watch sports and work hard at blue collar jobs when I say "Joe six Pack". I get the feeling this is what you think the term means, thus my ignorance in your mind. Joe six pack is a beligerant, ignorant, close minded, brawling drunk who believes he is above the law and may or may not be a racist to boot. It is not a compliment and this is the context in which I am using the term.
I am not saying that everyone who supports the McCain/Palin ticket is like the extremists, not even a large percentage. What I am saying is the rhetoric at the McCain/Palin rallies the past week has been encouraging these types of extremists.
I don't know how you came to the conclusion I didn't think attempted assassination was possible. It is very possible and encouraging extremists, intentionally or not, makes it not only possible but probable. This man not only wanted it to happen if Obama is elected but believed that would be the "right" thing to happen.
This should not be acceptable in this day, in this country. The fact that so many people are afraid of this occurring just goes to show just how bad the situation really is. It is the "elephant in the room".
I doubt John McCain would want to be connected in any way to rhetoric that may be used by some lunatic to attempt or succeed in assassinating Obama. By not responding to the over the edge fallacies; ie Obama is a Muslim terrorist, the country will self implode if Obama becomes President, is like giving the lunatics a thumbs up. These people will think they are being agreed with if they are not specifically told they are not.
Stereotypical???? There's a few of us Joe and Jane Six Packs here, and I haven't heard anyone threaten BHO or call him a racial slur?
See above about my meaning of Joe and Jane six pack. Of course outright threats and racial slurs would not be allowed here, even in IMO. One cannot ignore the glee some posters emit when posting fallacies about Obama. The Obama is a Muslim terrorist issue has been posted and deleted here a couple of times that I am aware of. It is the fallacies I am speaking about and it was the fallacies that McCain was addressing and got booed for by his supporters at that particular rally.
Since apparently McCain/Palin is responsible for people who say or do things in their names, I reckon we are to hold BHO/Biden responsible for:
â€œThey are trying to throw out these codes,â€ said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York.
â€œHeâ€™s â€˜not one of us?â€™â€ Mr. Meeks said, referring to a comment Sarah Palin made at a campaign rally on Oct. 6 in Florida. â€œThatâ€™s racial. Thatâ€™s fear. They know they canâ€™t win on the issues, so the last resort they have is race and fear.â€
â€œRacism is alive and well in this country, and McCain and Palin are trying to appeal to that and itâ€™s unfortunate,â€ said Representative Ed Towns, also from New York.
Palin is married to an Inuit, McCain has an adopted Asian daughter. McCain should just point that out, laugh at his accusers and say 'Are you serious?'
Do you not believe that some people can be accepting of one race and not of another? Being racist doesn't mean it is always applied to every race. Thus, because Palin is married to an Inuit and McCain has an adopted Asian daughter really says nothing about their attitudes towards African Americans.
I have no idea if they are racist however I can see how people could interpret some comments as racist. Just as some white people, including Bill Clinton, felt Obama had "played the race card". I personally haven't heard any candidate outright being racist IMO. I do think Rev Wright is a hate filled racist. Other than that issue, I am actually surprised at how little race has been interjected. I think the sexism has been far more openly prevalent, actually.
The point however is not whether Palin and McCain or Obama and Biden themselves are racists, but rather that the rhetoric at the McCain/Pallin campaign rallies this past week has been encouraging to the extremists, racists being among them. The particular example I cited, in real life, was a racist. That doesn't mean all are racists.
I have not seen any supporters of Obama/Biden shouting false thoughts or ideas about either McCain or Palin as facts that would be detrimental to their health. There is a big difference between implying and chanting as fact that someone is a Muslim terrorist traitor and saying you think someone made a racist comment or abused their position of power. If Obama/Biden where encouraging sentiments against McCain/Palin such as occurred this week they sure should be held accountable. If supporters were chanting McCain/Palin are racists dictators at a rally I would expect both Obama and Biden to rebuff them. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
People talk about the possibility of McCain dying while in office due to his age, but does anyone really believe that he would be the target of an assassination attempt? Can anyone seriously and in all honestly say that threat is as real as it is for Obama because of his race, the prejudice that is present in this country, and the lies spread about him?
As I said before I suspect Sen. McCain realizes this and doesn't want to be associated with it. This would be in accord with a man of honor and integrity. Thus he spoke out and was booed and hissed at by his supporters for doing so. That speaks volumes about the particular supporters who did the booing and hissing and those that agree with doing so. At least it speaks volumes to me, maybe not to others.
If people don't like a particular individual or party's stance on the issues that is one thing and is to be respected. Creating dangerous lies to discredit and possibly cause someone who is part of the "lunatic fringe" to actually kill a candidate is something completely different and should not be tolerated or encouraged in any way shape or form.
McCain did the responsible, honorable thing the other day by taking a stance against the increasing out of control rhetoric being chanted at his campaign rallies. I honestly don't think McCain relates at all to the those people and does not want to sacrifice his reputation just for their votes. He took the high road and deserves the accolades for doing so.