“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke
For whatever reason, John McCain refuses to openly denounce and distance himself from the bigotry at his rallies. When confronted about it by Bob Schieffer in the final debate, McCain stated:
Let me just say categorically I’m proud of the people that come to our rallies. Whenever you get a large rally of 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 people, you’re going to have some fringe peoples. You know that. And I’ve — and we’ve always said that that’s not appropriate.
But there’s a big, big difference between saying “that’s not appropriate” and saying what really needs to be said: “There is no place in the Republican party for bigotry and intolerance. Period. Racists and wingnuts, go home.” This, Senator, is how it’s done:
It’s sad that it takes a spontaneous act of courage on the ground by a grassroots organizer, when this is exactly the kind of thing that should be going on at the highest levels of the campaign. Rather than confront the bigotry at these rallies, the McCain campaign would rather sweep it under the rug by denying it and then banning journalists from talking to supporters. The campaign even stopped the courageous gentleman in the video above– Daniel Zubairi– from speaking to CNN:
A week ago, I was mulling over a post about why African-American, Muslim, and Latino Republicans should get the message already and abandon the party that has actively and deliberately abandoned them. But I decided not to write it, because I don’t really believe that. Positive change almost always happens from the inside out. It happens because people stay and fight against injustice, not because they turn and walk away.
While I am fully opposed to the McCain-Palin-Bush Republican Party and nearly everything it has stood for over the last eight years, I fully applaud the efforts of men and women like Daniel Zubairi who are staying and fighting to make their party– and America– a better place. It’s just a shame they don’t currently have a leader worthy of their efforts.