Dear Senator McCain and Governor Palin,

I will admit upfront that I will vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming election and that I am a proud liberal Democrat. However, I am not writing to you as a Democrat, but as a fellow American who is troubled about the future of our country.

In the last few days, you have been questioning Senator Obama’s character and stating that he associates with a terrorist. While you may not have been aware of it at the time, surely you know now that your speeches have prompted a variety of negative reactions from some of your constituents, including shouts of “terrorist” and “kill him” following references to Obama. At one rally, members of the media were intimidated by your supporters and one man was subjected to racial epithets and told to “sit down, boy.”

You may not be intending harm, but you are adding legitimacy to extreme viewpoints. There are some people who truly believe that Barack Obama is a terrorist and/or a socialist who is manipulating his way into office so that he can take over the country. Some people even wonder if Barack Obama is the Antichrist. These sentiments alone could incite people to violence, but when you combine them with fears about the economy and the racial and cultural tensions in this country, you have something very, very powerful and dangerous. I’m not only worried for Senator Obama and his family, I am also worried for anyone who could be the target of racially or religiously motivated violence. Most of all, I am certain that your speeches are deepening the cultural divide among Americans, which could tear the United States apart.

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, I am imploring you to appeal to the better angels of our nature. Please stop implying that Senator Obama is a terrorist and not a “real American.” Please tell your supporters that hate speech, threats, intimidation, and violence are unacceptable and condemn any of these acts as soon as they occur. If you do not, you will soon find that your stump speeches sound more like Nazi rallies, and future generations will judge you accordingly.

Yours truly,

Truculent and Unreliable