Friday, February 25, 2011

Thinking the Unthinkable: As reported in Huffington Post and the Georgia Athens Banner-Herald, Republican Congressman Paul Broun from the 10th congressional district of Georgia “responded to a question that was asked at a town hall event held by Rep. Paul Broun on Tuesday. According to the article, an audience member asked the congressman, "Who is going to shoot Obama?” … Rather than confronting the questioner or condemning the question, Broun instead acknowledged "frustration" with Obama, according to the Banner-Herald. The paper reports that Broun responded to the stunning inquiry as follows: "The thing is, I know there's a lot of frustration with this president. We're going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we'll elect somebody that's going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller (sic), who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare." " (Link below)

Broun should have roundly condemned the question as provocative and abhorrent. He also should have decried the rancid atmosphere that led to asking it. Rep. Broun’s lack of outrage is deplorable! That questioner should be investigated by the Secret Service and the Congress should, in the strongest terms possible, condemn the weak response by Rep. Broun.

God forbid a trillion times if something so utterly destructive as the assassination of this president ever occurs you can kiss this country goodbye. The ones who love this president -- and there are MILLIONS who do -- would absolutely go berserk. If you think the cities were convulsed when Martin Luther King was assassinated what would occur if anything like that happened to this president is beyond comprehension and could eclipse that horrid event by miles. It is, to its core, bone chilling and would have repercussions not only in this country but all over the world. If something so unthinkable as that transpired we will become an extinct culture and our democratic experiment will have failed. Those right wing radical racist extremists who have ratcheted up with their vile rhetoric this horrible atmosphere of hate making our president the most threatened in US history better seek shelter too because this time they and all of us would be at risk.

Democrats, Independents and those from all parties and walks of life who love this country and its democracy must take the hateful forces aligned against us seriously and organize as we did in 2008. Take nothing for granted. We must work for a kinder gentler nation. If this nasty opposition gains every level of our government they will court no compromise, make no concessions, have no dialogue but WILL remain uncompromising and extreme dismantling this country’s safety nets and civil liberties piece by piece. They will truly make – if they have not already -- the corporation king! It would not be a place that you recognize nor a place where I would want to live. Everyone should go to their church, their synagogue, their mosque or any place of your choosing and pray fervently that something as pathologically sick as that should never happen here again.

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