Had it been a bunch of Republican activists forcing a black hotel owner to remove an Obama for President sign, we can be sure that the Washington Post would have covered it in entirely different tones. We can also be sure that someone would have turned up a noose somewhere even if they had to buy it on eBay and Jesse Jackson would be leading a march down there chanting, "We Will Overcome."
But since it's a McCain sign, there was a sense of entitlement by black Democratic activists in getting it taken down. A sense of entitlement that the Washington Post article implicitly supports. Apparently supporting the candidate of your choice, if he isn't Obama, is "disrespect" which is next door to "intolerance" which is next door to "racism".
This all makes sense in the same twilight zone in which McCain with his interracial family is just like George Wallace and a commercial pointing out that Obama was associated with an upper middle class white terrorist is racist. Then there's Sarah Palin's white blouse. Next thing you know she'll be burning polar bear crosses on their lawn.
Never mind that the hotel's manager is an Azerbaijani American or its owners Italian Americans who have as much connection to the eternal racial grievances of the NAACP as I do to the current strife in Burma. They foolishly bought into the idea that the United States has Freedom of Speech. The Washington Post and the Democratic Party is here to teach them differently.
From Obama's "Truth Squads" to a media so biased it could teach Pravda a thing or two to accusations of racism being hurled at anyone who dares contemplate not voting for Obama (despite his extensive qualification of 100+ days in the Senate) to the organized campaigns waged against Kurtz's radio station appearances, we're getting our first ugly taste of what an Obama Presidency would look like. And Free Speech and Democracy are being led out to the firing squad.
It was inevitable that after a generation of censoring free speech in the name of tolerance, that we have now come to the point where democracy itself has become intolerance. And that's no surprise really, after all democracy is the ultimate form of intolerance.
What could be more intolerant than a nation of free people taking a look at two candidates, and each man and woman choosing the one they like best?
They'll pick our leader, we will get the privilege of attending his rallies, worshiping his presence and voting for him. And anyone who doesn't like that arrangement is clearly either ignorant, intolerant or just plain racist.
The Democratic party has given up democracy and instead turned on the Cult of Personality, unleashed its Two Minutes of Hate against Palin (it doesn't take much imagination to picture liberals sitting down row after row in a theater, waiting for her face to show up on the screen and then unleashing all their rage and hate. In fact it doesn't take any imagination at all) and so close to the mark, they're bring out their full agenda meant to abrogate democracy and freedom of speech.
We are in very ugly territory now charted by men like Orwell, a realm where language is inverted at will, where every deed and word is political and where every human emotion is channeled to serve the Leader Image.
"Businesspeople have to be mindful of the sentiments and sensibilities of their market trading area, and Prince George's County is overwhelmingly for Obama," said community activist Arthur Turner of Kettering.
The marquee supporting the GOP ticket in "an area that is strongly African American was like putting a stink bomb in the middle of the living room," said University of Maryland political Professor Ron Walters.
Colony South General Manager Alan Vahabzadeh said that the hotel, one of several Washington area businesses that has dared to venture into the political thicket, got the message after about 100 phone calls and three dozen e-mails. The sign came down Wednesday afternoon.
"While a business has the right to display what it chooses, the public has a right to show its contempt for that decision, including boycotting," said Mel Franklin, president of the Greater Marlboro Democratic Club.
Bob Ross, 63, a community activist who lives near the hotel, said Obama supporters should see the sign as a reminder that they should "stay vigilant."
"That sign should serve as a reminder that everybody who supports Obama should make sure to bring five or six people with them to the polls Nov. 4. It means that there is still more work to be done."
June White Dillard, president of the Prince George's chapter of the NAACP, said the type of events Colony South has booked in the past is the reason the sign cut so deeply.
Mary Brantley, a travel agency owner from Upper Marlboro, belongs to the health club at Colony South and was among those who complained to the hotel. She was heartened to see the marquee changed Wednesday. It now advertises football games.
But as she drove past the hotel Friday afternoon, she couldn't help notice the two large banners in the front yard proclaiming: "McCain Palin. Country First." Again.
Now note the hotel has not done anything that could be described as offensive. It has not accused Obama of anything. It has not put up any combative slogans for McCain. All it did was put up a sign supporting one candidate. And that is what these people find offensive. Democracy. Freedom of Choice.
We do indeed to be vilgant as Bob Ross says. But we need to be vigilant against people like Bob Ross and the whole Obama crew. We need to be vigilant against those who are "vigilant" against democracy. Because Democracy, like Freedom of Speech, is the ultimate form of intolerance.
Freedom of Speech came first because it allowed unpopular ideas to be expressed. Democracy is next because it allows popular rule. And both popular and unpopular forms of individual action and expression are verboten under The One.
Defeating Obama isn't just about defeating his legal policies, it's about defeating the whole culture of undemocratic entitlement that he brings with him. No one has a right to the White House and no one has a right to decide the election or criminalize or intimidate the politicial opposition. Defeating Obama means preserving democracy in this country, while Obama's victory will mean that we will find ourselves fighting a losing battle for every single legal right we have.