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Offended and Annoyed Before; Scared Now

Last night I posted Keith Olbermann's most recent "special commentary" about John McCain and Sarah Palin's integrity lapse in not telling their lynch mob of supporters who call for the death of Obama to cut the crap.  

The sad fact is that our country has a history of violence against controversial leaders. There have been 17 attempts to kill sitting and former presidents as well as presidents-elect. Four attempts on sitting Presidents have succeeded: Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy. Two other presidents were injured in attempted assassinations.  We have Martin Luther King.  Malcolm X. Medgar Evers. John Lennon. Robert Kennedy.  George Wallace.

Today, the idea of violence politicians and politically active Americans hit a little too close to home for me. 

There's a story on the AP Wire that one of the Philadelphia campaign office for Obama was closed while authorities tried to learn who sent a threatening letter containing a suspicious substance to the office.

Police say a volunteer brought in the mail and opened a letter that contained the unknown substance. Officials evacuated the office, took the letter outside and called police.  A hazardous-materials crew responded, but investigators say initial tests determined that it was brown sugar.

Who the hell does something like that? First to send a threatening letter to a candidate for the presidency of the United States and secondly to add brown sugar (of all things) as some kind of weird threat? Many people in our country are not as mentally balanced as they should be and while the Republican ticket isn't advocating the violence, they sure as hell aren't doing enough to stop people from saying such horrifically scary things.

It's one thing to call attention to candidates lies.  It's one thing to point out the flaws in their policies, platforms and even their personal lives.  It is completely different to threaten the life of any person.  That the Republicans haven't stepped up to the plate underscores the desperate, power-hungry nature of the campaign and all involved.

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autumnwife
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
I agree! It's so disheartening. I really thought that McCain had had a change of heart when I saw him correct the woman that called Obama an Arab. I actually teared up and thought, "Finally! Maybe the John McCain that I initially thought had some integrity will be back." Sadly, I was mistaken. :(
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