It's been a Chilly Winter for Politics
by roseeriter, Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 03:06:49 AM EDT
I remember when I first heard Obama speak. It sent good chills up my spine, kind of like when you hear someone who can really sing. I listened a few times and then realized he wasn't saying much. The thrill was gone.
I remember listening to Hillary speak. I was inspired by her health care and economic issues and her intelligence shined though. I got goose bumps thinking that this woman could be the next President of the United States.
From the beginning of the primary season Hillary became my first choice, Obama was second. The idea of empowering the most minorities, which is the majority of the people was my main basis on making my election selection.
Living in New Hampshire I voted for Hillary, she won and I got those excited chills up my spine again. I thought to myself this is going to be a great primary season.
But as time went on I was attacked by first, some Edwards supporters, then when he quit, I was attacked by most of Obama supporters EVERYTIME I diaried or commented about Hillary. Every time! Being on a political blog has been a chilling experience this winter. The hate-speak and verbal abuse triggered a lot of anxiety in me.
Verbal abuse has long lasting effects.
Now we have Reverend Wright spewing hatred all over the MSM and in videos on the blogs. He too, sends chills up my spine. But the chills come from hearing blatant hatred. I noted my reactions with only a distant, few times exposure. I can only imagine how anyone who has been exposed, up close and personal, reacts to this kind of talk in person, year in and year out.
Hate does have an effect. Add listeners who have experienced any kind of negative trauma and suffer from Post Tramatic Stress Syndrome, whether they know it or not, and there will be bad reactions. Add anyone who has been a target of verbal abuse and one can see the enormity of the reaction to hatred and mean-spirited words.
Obama's campaign spills over with this negative tone. That is not good for Obama and it will not be good for America.