I have been wading through lots of idiocy lately as I check out a clutch of right-wing blogs that ‘hang together’ in mutual hate for the President. The hate is not at all subtle; it is patently overt. The lynching suggestion from my previous post is but one of many threatening statements made by this club of bloggers. With each new anti-Obama posting, the ‘club’ gives out high-fives. As with any club or gang, the boundaries seem to expand, much like our teenage days when we tried to impress our peers by expanding the edges of our daring.
Here’s what worries me, though- the line will be crossed. The line that separates freedom of speech from a threat on the life of the President is one that ought not be overstepped. Yet I see this set of bloggers inching toward the line. For example, today there was a comment from Tenth Generation Patriot who wrote, God help us if he’s re-elected. I will take that as a personal assault on my family.
Personal assault? On his family?
How does a person ‘defend’ his family from a ‘personal assault’ on them? I have an idea which I do not care to mention.
The rhetoric has been rising over the past few days to a fever pitch among this clutch of right-wing bloggers. One of them is going to cross the line. I wonder when that takes place if the fellow club members will give their high-fives all around. At that point, the Secret Service might get involved.
Clearly, that kind of talk goes on all across this nation in private gatherings and even on the phone. Yet, when it spills onto the Internet with blatant suggestions of assassinating the President of the United States, it rises to a most serious and alarming level of discourse.
Where are we going a a nation when ideology becomes more important than common sense? Further, how will any resolution of this anger and hate ever get resolved? Sadly, I have no answer and that scares the hell out of me.