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On Oct 6, 2008 the American people were treated to a very scary and dangerous image of a public official standing on a stage and basically saying that discrimination and hatred is okay in a country that is trying to regain its soul and start healing itself from the failures of the last several years. John McCain and his campaign recently spoke of its new campaign strategy of casting doubt on Barack Obama’s character by trying to show associations between him and individuals such as William Ayers a member of the Weather Underground of the 60’s and 70’s, deemed a domestic terrorist organization. The goal was to paint Barack Obama as a terrorist sympathizer.
Mr. McCain’s abandonment of “Country First” to “Me First”, “Win at any cost” may have committed a very grievous error in persuading a public servant who is committed to “protect and serve” all segments of the community he was elected to SERVE. This public official is Mike Scott the Sheriff of Lee County, Florida. Officer Scott in his introduction of Gov Palin today decided to emphasize Barack Hussein Obama in a political rally that was designed to tacitly emphasize terrorist attributes and attempt to associate those attributes to Barack Obama.
It is quite shameful that John McCain coerced this public official to behave in this manner and even worst, Officer Scott should never have agreed to violate his oath of protecting and serving ALL CITIZENS. No public official especially those in law enforcement should EVER engage in behavior that could be perceived as prejudicial, segregationist, racist, and outright hateful. This one dangerous incident could rekindle thoughts and visions in many of law enforcement officials who were enablers of many hateful and violent crimes that were perpetrated against citizens of this country in times not so long ago.
Remember Officer Scott, June 21st, 1964, Philadelphia, Mississippi, the lynchings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. These 3 civil rights activists could not have been successfully KILLED without the sanctuary provided by law enforcement officials who were sworn to PROTECT and SERVE ALL CITIZENS!
Remember Officer Scott, June 21st, 1964, Philadelphia, Mississippi, the lynchings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. These 3 civil rights activists could not have been successfully KILLED without the SANCTUARY provided by law enforcement officials who were sworn to PROTECT and SERVE ALL CITIZENS!
Remember Officer Scott, Sunday, Sept 15, 1963, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was BOMBED and four young girls were KILLED; Denise McNair (11), Addie Mae Collins (14), Carole Robertson (14) and Cynthia Wesley (14). The four girls had been attending Sunday school classes at the church Officer Scott. It took over 14 years to bring justice to this case Officer Scott because of the SANCTUARY provided by government officials!
You want to talk about DOMESTIC TERRORISM John McCain? That is a discussion I would love to have with you! I have on record approximately 4,736 LYNCHINGS of AMERICAN CITIZENS! 282 occurred in the state of Florida where you coerced a Senior Law enforcement official in Lee County to participant in your 3-RING CIRCUS.
You see Officer Scott, John McCain’s selfishness in winning this election drives him to do ANYTHING even compromise the integrity and diminish the confidence of citizens in you and your public office. What is sad Officer Scott is that you don’t realize how dangerous the level of your participation in that event was. Witness the statement you made when questioned as to whether you should apologize. You said, “I absolutely, unequivocally don’t regret saying it, in order to be a speaker at this event, I had to give my full name — Michael Joseph Scott — to the Secret Service, even though I’m the sheriff of Lee County. So why would I apologize? Is there some kind of double standard here where I have to give my full name, but I can’t use his?”
Officer Scott, as a protector of citizens of this country you should be constantly aware of RISKS to all citizens. Your responsibility is always being diligent of RISKS and having effective mechanisms in place to mitigate or abate those risks. No matter how strong the temptation Officer Scott you must be above the fray and not be seen as a RISK yourself.
Need I remind you that both you and John McCain are public servants? We do not approve of our public campaign funds paying for such reckless and dangerous behavior!
Mr. McCain, the reason you’re losing is because you are tactical, dangerous, erratic, and out of touch. Your campaign has never been strategic nor shown indications that it ever could. You have never given us a reason to see you as a capable leader. Just like your short-sighted view of the Iraq War in thinking it started with “Surge”, once again you’re short-sightedness has lead you to believe that DOMESTIC TERRORISM started in 70’s with William Ayers without any regard for the fact that there are some in this country who still have vivid memories of what DOMESTIC TERRORISM really is.
28 days is far too long for you and your campaign to go away, too long for us to get our country back and too long for us to get our America back. We have far too many problems in this country needing an immediate solution and you don’t seem to have the ability to articulate any plans, cost, or practical implementations of solving them, so you’ve embarked upon this extremely dangerous behavior and now you are involving law enforcement officials!
Two things should occur immediately:
Governance should be put in place on public campaign funds to ensure that John McCain’s eligibility be revoked immediately if he ever convinces another public official to engage in the type of behavior that he coerced Officer Scott to engage in.
Officer Scott should not apologize for participating in that event nor should he apologize for what he said. Instead, he should immediately resign his position because there are many in the public who now see him as someone who cannot prosecute his duties in a fair and equitable manner. Any lost of public trust, no matter how small, is disqualifying for a law enforcement official.