October 12, 2008

Yes We Can (Pour Gasoline into a Glass Bottle, Light It on Fire, and Throw It at Your House)

kevinrobinson.jpgThe audacity of heat:

PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities have arrested two men after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a 4-foot by 8-foot campaign sign for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in a southeast Portland yard.

Karen Scrutton said she was asleep inside her home at 7956 S.E. 17th Ave. in the Sellwood neighborhood when she saw her sign go up in flames after 1 a.m....

Not long after, investigators picked up Leslie Brockette Leudtke and Kevin Carl Robinson, both 23. After interviewing them, the pair was charged with four counts each of manufacturing and possession of a destructive device. In addition, Leudtke was charged with a single count of reckless burning.

They didn't yell "Kill him!", or at least what a completely impartial observer would translate as "Kill him!", so it's okay.

I'm not excusing what these two men did. But can you really blame them, in light of the climate of fear John McCain has engendered with his racist code language like "that one" and "Senator Obama"? When you disenfranchise people by standing in the way of their religious beliefs, you can hardly complain when they firebomb your supporters. These young men just hope a little harmless terrorism will change a few minds about McCain.

Chin up, Leudtke and Robinson. Sure, you're in trouble now, but these pigs can't hold you down. There's an academic career and a sympathetic community of like-minded organizers waiting for you on the south side of Chicago.

(thx, JWF)

Posted by Jim Treacher at October 12, 2008 10:55 AM