I just thought I'd been rendered mute by melancholy. Last night's debate, and the events of the days leading up to it, made me more so.
Tell me why the Secret Service did not arrest the individual who shouted "Kill him!" (calling for, if you have not heard about this, Obama's assassination) during a McCain/Palin rally.
Tell me why McCain felt that a young black man would not have heard of the two largest mortgage programs in America.
Tell me why the man who wants to lead our country into a era of smaller government last night proposed having the government buy up mortgages.
Tell me why the same man could not correctly state the details of his own health plan, suddenly promising a 5K credit per individual American rather than per household.
Tell me why Rush Limbaugh, a man I foolishly listened to this morning, is now blaming the entire "bailout" (the one proposed initially by the current president) on the Democrats, claiming it is an Obama plan to socialize our nation's economy.
Tell me why the same talk show host is saying, many times a day, that Obama and Osama bin-Ladin are the same because they "know terrorists."
Tell me why fliers are appearing in low income Philadelphia neighborhoods warning people that, "according to an Obama operative," if they have any outstanding warrants (even for traffic tickets) or prior felony convictions they should "take care of them" before voting because police will be at the polls to arrest them. Maybe it would be best to stay home.
Tell me why people are willing to believe in and act on such vitriol.
Tell me why I am supposed to feel pride for my country instead of sadness and shame.