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Hate turns mainstream

April 28, 2011

All around the country talking heads and pollsters, candidates and their private/corporate financial backers are gearing up for the 2012 elections. The cycle is fully geared up, more than 20 months before the election. And in this age of hyperbolic and inflammatory rhetoric, it should come as no surprise that many extreme 2010 Democratic and Republican hopefuls are making the waves as their hate comes center stage. While I’m not sure giving a platform to such hate-filled people isn’t necessarily a step in the right direction (any press is good press is it not?), I do believe that the voters need to know when someone running to represent them either at a local, state or federal level says something with absolute disregard for our collective humanness. Take for example these three candidates. Thanks very much to the journalists who are shedding light on the darkness.

Allen West (R-FL)

Alright so this guy is an actual sitting congressman. He already proved that even crazy is electable. During a speech at a meeting for Women Impacting Nation (whose mission is to “educate and equip women with knowledge of God’s truth” and “to support those who take a stand for those Judeo-Christian values upon which our country is founded”) West said:

We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you. To let these other women know on the other side — these planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient.

West supports tax cuts for the rich, is in favor of abolishing the Departments of Education and Energy, was forced out of the Army for his harsh treatment of an Iraqi prisoner in 2003 and believes that Islam is “not a religion” but a “theo-political belief system and construct” that must be destroyed.. Backed by the Tea Party, West won his seat, in Florida’s 22nd District, in 2010 with 55% of the vote.

Kimberly Daniels

Also from Florida is Kimberly Daniels who is running, as a Democrat, for a city council seat in Jacksonville. A relative newcomer to the political stage, Davis is the founder of the Kimberly Daniels Ministry and, according to her political website, often lobbies Capital Hill on pro-life and pro-marriage issues. Truth Wins Out, an organization committed to rooting out anti-gay misinformation in our society, recently started a campaign to expose Daniels and her beliefs. She believes in “praying the gay away”. Among the things that Kimberly Daniels has publicly stated:

“You can talk about the Holocaust, but the Jews own everything.”
“I thank God for slavery. If it wasn’t for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshiping a tree.”
“I do not buy candy during the Halloween season. Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether…by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference.”

So Kimberly Daniels is an anti-Semite, anti-gay, pro-slavery and anti-candy? Harsh.

Donald Trump

The Donald, teasing the idea of running for President in 2012, is a straight up racist. He seems to have a personal vendetta against President Obama for petty, racially-tinged reasons. Sure, I’m not the biggest Obama fan myself. I have serious concerns with his governance, the continued wars and occupation and back-room secret corporate handshakes. But Trump doesn’t communicate his unhappiness with these policy points. He isn’t upset that we have a broken political, medical and financial system. Donald Trump is simply a racist. He has a problem with someone like Barack Obama becoming president. He wasn’t born in Hawaii. He wasn’t smart enough to get into Harvard. He should get off the basketball court and govern. You, the black reporter, you must like Obama. And the craziest part of all of this? He’s still given platforms to spout his crazy like his “Celebrity Apprentice” show and multiple Fox News appearances and is being called the GOP front-runner in the mainstream news.

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