Does Senate history condemn McCain?

ALTON H.MADDOX JR. | 4/12/2011, 4:33 p.m.

No one would disagree that George Herbert Walker Bush put a saddle on "Willie" Horton and rode him straight into the White House. This is an example of playing the race card to the hilt. While out of a Massachusetts prison on a weekend pass, Horton kidnapped a white couple, stabbed the boyfriend and repeatedly raped his girlfriend. Out of fear of negative public reaction, a political action committee took credit for the Willie Horton ad. William Horton's name was changed to "Willie" Horton. "Willie" has an association with descendants of enslaved Africans--compare William "Bill" Ayers. Afterwards, the Bush campaign pushed a "revolving door" ad asserting that Gov. Mike Dukakis was soft on crime.

He also seemingly opposed capital punishment, even if his wife had been raped, hypothetically, by "Willie" Horton. Bush 41 was stoking the flames of racism. In a clever way, the political campaign against Sen. Barack Obama is a replay of "Willie" Horton. Barack Hussein Obama is a substitute for "Willie" Horton. It is a double whammy. The subliminal message is one of racism and religious bigotry. Thus, Obama is a Black terrorist. Obama's association with William Ayers, a former Weatherman, only adds fuel to the fire. If whites had succeeded in making an association between Frederick Douglass and John Brown, Blacks would still be planning an exit strategy. Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain's running mate for the White House, refuses to honor Obama by using his Senate title. Other prominent members of McCain's entourage intentionally refer to Obama by his full name--Barack Hussein Obama. This is by design. Anyone with the name of "Hussein" must be a terrorist.

Guilt by association nearly sent Muhammad Ali to a federal prison. McCain has taken an oath not to insult another member of the U.S. Senate. He must always refer to senators by their official titles in proceedings before the U.S. Senate. Thus, Obama has to be referred to as "the junior Senator from Illinois." Off the Senate floor, senators may be referred to affectionately by their first names instead of the titles of their office. McCain refuses to refer to Obama as "Barack." Obama is being treated as though a country club has been forced to accept a Black member. This is institutional racism. McCain went off the charts, however, when he referred to Obama as "that one." Even though the reference was clearly racist and unprecedented, it was also unethical and in violation of Senate rules. Sen. Harry Reid should have immediately called for an ethics investigation and the entire Senate should have condemned McCain. It is also interesting to note that Palin asked Sen. Joseph Biden for permission to call to him "Joe." She made no similar effort before proceeding to call Sen. Obama by his first name. No senator can be referred to by his first name without his permission unless he is Black. This is a sad commentary on the U.S. Senate and especially the Democratic Party. Black men used to be called "boy." This past weekend, Cong. John Lewis accused the Republican Party of "sowing the seeds of hatred and division. "To be sure, the McCain presidential campaign is reminiscent of the political rhetoric of Gov. George Wallace. In 1958,after losing an election, Wallace vowed that he would never be "outniggered" again. He kept this vow for the rest of his life.