President Obama, his critics, Facebook & troubles galore
I was shocked, embarrassed and then chilled to read of the story of someone or some group placing a poll on Facebook concerning President Obama and asking people to vote whether he should be assassinated. Perhaps it was all some big joke? The humour is lost on me!
I was shocked, because it could easily be a contravention of a Federal law; embarrassed because living here in the UK I’m asked by British friends why such and such takes place in the American political scene (but how in the world would I ever know?!); and chilled to think of the poisonous rhetoric coming out of quarters in the US. I’ve lost count of how many friends on Facebook now refer to Obama as ‘socialist’ or ‘out to destroy our country’ and ‘leading an administration that hates the military’ or ‘trying to brain wash US school children’. What is happening?
Whatever happened to sane public discourse? Of course one can disagree and disagree strongly with elected politicians, including the President! Disagreement and debate (even heated debate) are cherished privileges enshrined in the founding documents of the US. But the present vitriol and diatribes coming out is disproportionate.
Thomas Friedman, writing in the New York Times (which, OK, many of my US friends will write off as part of the liberal media monster) clearly states the nightmare scenario seemingly developing before us.