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The Secret Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding an eye-opening Facebook poll that asked whether Obama should be assassinated, a Secret Service spokesman confirms to us.
“We are taking the appropriate investigative steps,” the spokesman, Ed Donovan, told our reporter, Amanda Erickson. “We are aware of it.”
The poll asked: “Should Obama be killed?” It offered four choices: No, Maybe, Yes, and Yes if he cuts my health care.
The poll, of course, is only the latest example of the sort of viral incitement to violence that flares up when the sparks of anti-Obama hatred are fed oxygen by the bellows of the Internets. While anyone can put up such a poll, this kind of stuff is a sign of the moment — as David Kurtz put it, it’s akin to graffiti on the virtual wall of our times.
According to a source, the Secret Service has contacted Facebook and asked them to take the poll down. And, indeed, it’s already down.
20) All forms of government are oppressive and undesirable and should be abolished. Very Inaccurate Very Accurate
36) I dislike my country. Very Inaccurate Very Accurate
Originally posted by grover
I like facebook...I have gotten in touch with a lot of long lost friends but generally I pay no attention to their quizzes and polls. After one or two they are all the same...time wasters but this one is really odious regardless of what you think of the President.
Originally posted by inthesticks
I despise Obama but this is beyond the pale. The Facebook pollster AND those that participated in this poll are disgusting! It's one thing to strongly disagree with Obama, but to wish for him to be assassinated is sickening.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
You should not make such statements anywhere
not on the web, not in public and not even to yourself.
people like this are crazy and just give a bad name to people who actually oppose the current or past administrations and debate on actual policies with intelligent discussion rather than stupid threats like this.
these people are dangerous to everyone
Originally posted by grover
I understand what you are saying...there are still limits though.
Obviously the only ones who would answer that kind of poll were those with some sort of axe to grind since I believe that most decent people would ignore it.
So let us say 70% of the people who took the poll say that he should be killed then some loose wingnut sees it and says I can do that and I will be a hero then makes the effort and possibly succeeds...what then?
That is why I say demonizing your opponent opens the way to seeing them less than human and therefore easier to discount and dismiss and possibly kill.
Originally posted by Witness2008
reply to post by grover
S&F Grover...thanks for finding this.
I am around a diverse group of people on a daily basis and the hatred I hear is frightening. What is even more frightening are those politicians and notable conservatives that are fueling the hatred.
The truly ugly and dangerous aspects of our free country are bubbling to the surface. We need to pay close attention to these things as they suggest some painful lessons if we do not.