Fears for Obama's safety as healthcare debate fuels extremism

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    Fears for Barack Obama's safety as healthcare debate fuels extremism | World news | The Observer

    Fears for Barack Obama's safety as healthcare debate fuels extremism
    As storm over Barack Obama's healthcare reforms rages, surge in rightwing extremism is fanned by opponents

    Paul Harris in New York
    The Observer, Sunday 16 August 2009
    The message was clear. The sign carried by a 51-year-old man last week outside a raucous town hall meeting on healthcare in Hagerstown, Maryland, read "Death to Obama". Just to emphasise his point, a second message was also scrawled on the cardboard placard. "Death to Obama, Michelle and 2 stupid kids," it stated.

    Welcome to the disturbing new face of the radical right in America. Across the country, extremism is surging, inflamed by conservative talkshow hosts, encouraged by Republican leaders and propagating a series of wild conspiracy theories. Many fear it might end in tragedy.

    Obama has been labelled as a threat to democracy and an anti-white racist by senior presenters on the TV channel Fox News. Republicans, seizing on the fierce debate over Obama's plans to reform healthcare, have called him a socialist who plans "death panels" for the elderly. Rumours have circulated that Obama was not born in America and that he plans to ban firearms. Despite having no basis in fact, they have become widely believed. A recent poll in Virginia showed only 53% of voters believed Obama was born in the US. In neighbouring North Carolina, 54% of voters shared that opinion.

    Such extremism is becoming a major security issue, prompting fears of an attack on Obama's life or some other incident of domestic terrorism. "This is a very dangerous situation that can spin off 'lone wolf' individuals who decide now is the time to act against people they see as an enemy," said Chip Berlet, author of a book on rightwing extremists.

    Federal authorities have launched a programme to try to detect any individuals who might be planning rightwing attacks similar to those that in recent months have killed a Kansas abortion doctor and a black security guard at Washington DC's Holocaust Museum.

    ...

    Some were more worried, however, by the sign that Kostric carried which referred to a Thomas Jefferson quote about refreshing the "tree of liberty" with the blood of patriots. That was the same quote on a T-shirt McVeigh was wearing when he was arrested.

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    That assclown hillbilly deliverance fuck is in my congressional district. Camp David is also in this county. His ass should have been hauled out in cuffs. Disgusting. Good thing I didn't go. Might have been trouble. :evil:
     
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    Not a good look is it?
     
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    So you guys on the left talk about Killing Bush for 8 years. You write books about assasinating him. You make movies about it. and its perfectly alright.

    But one person holds a sign suggesting it with Obama, and the whole right of the country is evil.

    Got ya.
     
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    if people don't think something is going to happen they are living in fantasy land. No president has had has many death threats as he has and that was before health care reform.
    Someone is going to either attempt to kill Obama or they are going to bomb something and instead of writing their congressman or discussing things rationally some these wackos are going to far. It is fine not to agree with Obama and I think most be on the right are being mature about this but it is another to make threats.
    The Aryan Nation here is started to get organized again electing a new leader and passing out flyers. If I was Obama I would not step foot in Northern Idaho or Eastern Washington.
     
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    I don't remember the left making a movie about assasinating Bush.
    And there are crazies about both side usually the people who do these things do not classify themselves as democrat or republican, they hate the government as a hole.
    And most of us realize that these people don't represent the majority of the right. So why don't you be mature about this and realize no matter who they are threatening these people are wrong in doing so.
    And there is been more then just one sign.
     
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    I bolded the part that's wrong. The correct way to say it is "no president has sensationalized the death threats as much" ...
     
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    and no matter if you agree with Obama people should not go along with this crap. He is still our President and by threatening him or agreeing with the people who threaten him you are disgracing our country and democracy.
     
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    You're a nitwit. :cuckoo:
     
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    Very general assertions as opposed to specific examples of right wing nutbar behaviour.

    The film - Death of a President (2006)
     

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