It's been a Chilly Winter for Politics

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.

Tags: Climate, Hillary, obama, Rev.Wright (all tags)



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I agree that hate has a way of changing one's perspective. After a while of listening to it one becomes either so totally incensed by it or begins to fall into it's trap. Obama and the congregation seem to have fallen into the latter.

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-17 04:07AM | 0 recs
Obama sat and listened to these sermons

week after week, year after year.  It is liberation theology and I understand that, but Wright takes it way off to left field and he uses his Christmas sermon to say Hillary is privileged because she was never called n*gger and so she doesn't deserve to be president?  What the hell does that have to do with Christmas?  Why the heck does this church still have tax exempt status?

Why does he not talk about the plight of women?  I'll bet they are more than half of his congregation.

But he doesn't know what it is like to  be a woman in America. He doesn't mention the names she has been called.  He doesn't mention that she is given no credit for anything she does because sexist people say she only got where she is on her husband's coat tails. He doesn't mention how she would be better off professionally had she marred a man of no accomplishments.

And Obama is now throwing his "closest spiritual adviser" the man he once credited with bringing him to Christianity off the bus, "denying him" so to speak.  I think they both needs some  lessons in the ethics department.

He also doesn't mention that Obama was a legacy at Harvard because his father went there.  He doesn't mention that Hillary is one generation from a man who worked as a laborer in a lace factory.  He doesn't mention that while Obama's father was at Harvard, her's had to work to put himself through Pennstate even though he had a football scholarship.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-17 04:14AM | 0 recs
Obama went to Harvard despite poor grades?

Like Bush got into Yale? (Bush senior was alao a big donor to Yale, his alma mater, which was in a state that HIS father had been a Senator from, (CN) before he got in trouble for aiding the enemy in WWII - don't know if Presot Bush also went to Yale)

Or did Obama do well, (these days it takes a 4.0 GPA AND being from a very good high school AND being a leader in lots of extracurricular activities) and only partially get in because he father was an alum?

by architek 2008-03-17 05:22AM | 0 recs
I am so not interested in comparisons to bush
being slightly better than bush is not a recommendation.  Try to address what I actually said.  My point is that Obama is not the underprivileged party here.  Lots of kids get 4.0s and can't get in to Harvard, particularly not kids who are drug users and fuck ups the way Obama was as a young man.  He got in to Harvard because his father went there.
Hillary had no family help to get her where she is.  Her father was a hard working man who did well for his family but he didn't go to Yale or Harvard.
She got everything she did because she really did earn it.
by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-17 05:38AM | 0 recs
Be fair

How do you know why he was admitted, were you on the admissions committee? I do know that one factor in decision making is to find people who help to enrich the learning environment, like people who have lived overseas.

I know a fair number of high school f'ups who were actually quite bright and had the ACT/SAT scores to show it and who had their potential recognized and therefore strong letters of support.  Please don't ask me to explain.

Penn State ain't the Ivy League but I think it is a great school - except when they are playing Michigan.

by Trond Jacobsen 2008-03-17 05:53AM | 0 recs
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I equate hate-speech with verbal abuse and it will incite bad actions. It creates FEAR and the whole world has suffered from BUSHco hate and fear.

We just don't need any more and we are seeing the same hateful dynamics from many Obama supporters and that is a major concern for me and should be for others.

Be it from the Rev. Wright which is a direct link to Obama or the pseudo republicans for Obama who are purposely creating this divisive climate on top of it all. Obama's campaign should have separated the two factions, but they didn't because they WANT the votes more than a good for America Campaign.  That speaks VOLUMES and many of us SEE the danger there.

I don't know if Obama, himself, can fix any of this. He should have been prepared, not so trusting as that has showed a BIG weakness in him.

We don't need another weak president. Not in these times.

by roseeriter 2008-03-17 04:21AM | 0 recs
Thank you, roseeriter...

For this very insightful diary. I also was once inspired by Obama's words... But it was ultimately Hillary's plan for action that convinced me that she's the real deal. :-)

by atdleft 2008-03-17 07:30AM | 0 recs
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Listening to the Washington Journal every morning , I hear people calling in threatening, that if Obama is not the Dem. candidate they will note vote. Isn't this great that a group of people are now threatening the Dem. Party that to get their vote, their candidate has to be the candidate. Whatever happened to fair elections?

by owllwoman 2008-03-17 04:46AM | 0 recs
let them threaten

the people who will not vote for Hillary are a smaller group than those who will not vote for Obama.  The people who won't vote for Obama don't call c-span. They are Reagan democrats and they are swing voters. If people want to make the argument that his voters are less likely to vote for her they are really missing the mark.  Let them whine on TV, the best candidate will be the one the SDs choose. I am confident that after Clinton wins WV, KY, PA, PR, Guam etc... particularly PA (big win there) Obamamania will be a thing of the past.

by TeresaINPennsylvania 2008-03-17 05:32AM | 0 recs
Yep, yep, yep...

We can't afford to lose the blue collar "lunch bunket" Democrats that form the backbone of our party. That's why we need Hillary as our nominee. She actually speaks to working people's concerns... Barack just doesn't. Working people don't want to discuss how "change" is a great concept or how "hope" is so uplifting... They actually want ACTION for real help in these hard economic times. Hillary gets that... That's why we need her to win.

by atdleft 2008-03-17 07:34AM | 0 recs
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Thanks, rose, this should hit close to home for us all. We should not, can not, support a candidate whose 20-year long mentor spews such hatred. On many levels this would hurt our country big time. Who, in the media, will dare to really call BO out about this? That to me, is the question.

by susanclare 2008-03-17 07:39AM | 0 recs
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that's why i'm a democrat- all the hate USED to be coming from the republicans. i thought we were the party of inclusiveness, but now we hear it from people in our own party - first mcclurkin, now wright. sad.

by campskunk 2008-03-17 07:48AM | 0 recs
Hate-speak is the real issue folks.

Hate seeps into people especially when exposed to it over and over again. One only needs to hear the hatred coming from some Obama supporters, republicans and white supremists to understand why there is so much outrage.

Hate is the issue.Period. Doesn't matter who spouts it. Obama's Reverend has just brought it out in the open-again.

by roseeriter 2008-03-17 08:04AM | 0 recs
Re: It's been a Chilly Winter for Politics

Good diary - well and simply put.  Thank you!

by Informed in Illinois 2008-03-17 08:36AM | 0 recs
Hello from New Hampshire

Excellent post Granite Stater!

I look forward to more.

by NewHampster 2008-03-17 08:49AM | 0 recs
Yes, hate does have an effect...and it's


My reaction to Rev. Wright's sermons is one of intimate dismay.  They say such horrible things about me (I'm white).  They suggest things that, in my entire lifetime, I have never felt toward anyone.  And I was sad that these things are being rountinely said...behind my back (kind of like discovering your friends "talking" about you behind your back - it shocks you and it makes you depressed.  "How could I have been so stupid to think so-and-so liked me??").

I know it might sound childish - but this is what Rev. Wright has made me feel.

by Shazone 2008-03-17 09:39AM | 0 recs
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