29 September 2009

Obama death threats should be taken seriously

Bullet sales are skyrocketing.

The Secret Service is stretched thin, investigating a record 30 death threats per day against President Obama (a 400 percent increase from a year ago when Bush was in office).

Facebook just took down a poll that one of its users had posted, asking "should Obama be killed?" (Choices: "yes", "maybe", "if he cuts my healthcare", or "no") Some 750 Facebook users had voted in the poll.

And a black guy sits in the Oval Office.


Ever since Obama won the Democratic nomination for president, I have worried about his safety. And I continue to worry.

The right-wing pundits have created a very emotionally charged atmosphere out there, as evidenced by the extremist behavior of their followers at recent town hall meetings and tea party protests (some of whom came armed).

"Where there's smoke, there's fire," the saying goes.

All death threats should be taken very, very seriously. And all perpetrators should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

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