Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Enemy of intelligence

So yesterday, you may have heard about some idiot on Facebook posting a poll called "Should Obama be killed?" Pretty serious stuff, but it's the internet, right? People post crazy stuff all the time and it's not fair to make assumptions about many people based on the actions of one. But what happens when an elected official does something similar, just less blatant?

Here's congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), calling the President of the United States an "enemy of humanity."



What kind of message does that send to the lunatics from the teabagging crowd? You know the people with their signs like "We came unarmed... this time!" and "Obama's Plan = White Slavery," how do you think this kind of statement resonates with them? This goes beyond the right-wing's efforts to make the President seem illegitimate by saying things like he's "exotic" or "different," this is a government official telling people that the President of the United States is an enemy to our very existence.

Think I'm overreacting? What about the census worker who was found bound, gagged and hanged with the word "FED" carved into his chest last week? This, just a month or so after congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that filling out the census could lead to Americans being sent to internment camps, much like we did with Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Trent Franks is walking on very dangerous ground here.
This is worse than the birth certificate numbskulls and makes "YOU LIE!" seem tame in comparison, Congressman Franks isn't saying Barack Obama is unfit for office, he's saying he's unfit for life. This isn't just a political disagreement, Franks is dehumanizing our democratically elected President, illustrating him as an evil monster. When you start using language like that, you're essentially telling people that it would be okay to assassinate the President. You're giving them the idea that they would be the hero, saving the "real Americans" from the threat of an enemy to humanity. With rhetoric like this, and the non-stop comparisons to Hitler, all it's going to take is one unbalanced lunatic to hear Trent Franks' words and create a very dangerous situation. Franks should resign immediately or be removed from office by the people of Arizona, language like this cannot be tolerated.

7 comments:

Gabriel McKee said...

You know, pretty much all presidential assasinations have been done by left wingers..So I don't think you have anything to worry about.

Don't wet the bed tonight, precious.

Razor said...

Nice strawman, and even more evidence that you have no clue what you're talking about.

Lincoln's killer, John Wilkes Booth, was a confederate sympathizer. Gee, I wonder if more right or left-wingers still display the Confederate Flag. Hmmm.

Garfield's killer, Charles J. Guiteau supported Garfield (a Republican). Guiteau was also a crazy person who believed that God told him to kill the president because he wasn't offered an ambassadorship. Using your logic, most presidential assassinations have been done by the religious!

William McKinley's killer, Leon Czolgosz was an anarchist. And you can't be a "big government liberal" if you're an anarchist.

And let's not forget that the right-wing rhetoric around the time of JFK's assassination was eerily similar to what we're hearing now.

And of course you can't ignore the fact that threats against our current president are up 400% and right-wing terrorism is on the rise. Do you ever get tired of being so completely wrong?

Gabriel McKee said...

Dude, you're an idiot.

Pick up a book next time you're on your way to pick up the welfare check.

Was JFK assasinated by a right winger? If you think so, you're a bigger idiot than I initially suspected.

And uh...anarchists are often times leftists. See the G20 violent protests....Contrast them to the peaceful tea party protests...Wayyyy more arrests and shit at the left wing protests.

But whatever, don't facts and reason get in their way of your psychotic, ignorant rambling.

Gabriel McKee said...

P.S. Obama is an enemy of unborn humanity. You know, he has extremely pro abortion views.

Razor said...

Gabe, don't tell me to read a history book when you've demonstrated that you're absolutely clueless about every goddamn thing you ever try to inject your silly little opinion into.

The "unborn humanity" is typical Republican back pedaling.

On the anarchist subject, congrats again on COMPLETELY missing the point. It goes back to my blog about the Joker posters... you righties want to have it both ways. Liberals are anarchists, but they're also big government, socialist, fascist, communist tyrannical dictators. Which is it, scooter?

And congrats on totally ignoring Lincoln and Garfield's assassinations. I know it sucks that your "pretty much all" comment was absolutely bogus, but you don't have any excuse for those at all? Shocking.

Thordaddy said...

Razor,

If you are calling for the impeding of another's will, in what way are you liberal? Faux-liberal is more like it.

PS This will be a test to see how liberal your moderation is?

Razor said...

Why am I not surprised that you brought your special blend of herbs and crazy to my blog that hasn't been updated in six months?