There is an article on "Verbage" by James Wood in the New Yorker this week.
I remember the childhood saying: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." I never understood it, because words do hurt. They hurt the individual and they hurt the country.
It is embarrassing to see the ignorant responses of those who are attending the Palin rallies. It is embarrassing to see Palin given this kind of power and press. The harm she is doing is about more than the misuse of words. It is a physical attack on us all.
Her words spout out at each of us, the venom of her breath. We are poisoned with her lies, each one of us receives a dart of poison in heart and gut. We are weakened. This election is about more than McPain and Obama-Biden. It is about ethics, truth, compassion, and strength. I do not understand how Palin is allowed to say what is so absolutely untrue.
May truth and honesty survive, and may this country turn around so that it is not an embarrassment in the world.