Sunday, 19 October 2008

My Moneys on McCain

Noticed Tom Harris is already making the excuses in case Obama loses.

Apparently if you do not vote for Obama you are a racist, not someone unimpressed by his total lack of experience, ideas or achievements.

If you do not vote for Obama's you condone slavery, not supporting McCain, a man who has fought and experienced terrible torture for his country, a man who has ideas and ways of achieving them, a man whose political career was not entirely built on being able to make a good speech.

This makes me very angry, resorting to labeeling people just because they disagree with you in dangerous. You risk alienating communities and destroying trust. You only have to look at the progress of the BNP over the last few years to realise playing the race card in this way is not only stupid, but also reckless and dangerous.

I salute Nick Webb, we disagree over the US presidential election, but he respected my decision to back McCain, no matter how much he disagreed with it. He did not just tar me as a racist and be done with it.


Tom Harris said...

I did not say that if you don't vote for Obama then you're a racist. I did say that if the result is radically different from what the polls were showing the day before the election, then it would be difficult to avoid that conclusion. If McCain wins, and racism isn't a factor, why isn't he ahead at the moment?

Chris said...

Tom, thank-you for responding. I do enjoy your blog and am glad mine is attracting some attention from real politicians no matter that they disagree with me.

I agree with your point that sometimes people "lie" to pollsters. The existence of the "shy Tory factor" in 1992 and a probable "shy labour factor" in various polls in 2003-05, seem to confirm this.

I just do not understand why the reason has to lie has to be racist. Obama has such backing in the media, there is a social pressure to back him publicly, I see it even within the UK. This has nothing to do with race, but the almost toxic nature that people perceive George Bush with.

I agree the conclusion may be difficult to avoid, but I feel it is the wrong conclusion. I do not believe America is racist, but I also do not know enough about the society to make this judgement.

In anything to do with politics, you hope it is the arguments that win the day, not the prejudices.

But seeing how Ken Livingstone places part of the blame for his loss in May on the BNP and UKIP backing Boris, I am angry that my votes are put down to prejudices from the past and not my hopes for the future.