A protester at a health care rally in California waves a doctored poster of Barack Obama at a town hall meeting in Alhambra, Calif, Aug 11, 2009. Photograph: Jae C. Hong/AP
Welcome to the disturbing new face of America right now . Many fear it might end in tragedy.
Obama has been labelled as a threat to democracy and an anti-white racist by senior presenters on the TV channel Fox News. Republicans, seizing on the fierce debate over Obama's plans to reform health care, have called him a socialist who plans "death panels" for the elderly.
This is becoming a major security issue, prompting fears of an attack on Obama's life or some other incident of domestic terrorism. "This is a very dangerous situation that can spin off 'lone wolf' individuals who decide now is the time to act against people they see as an enemy,"
At the same time, the watchdog group the Southern Poverty Law Centre has issued a report that warns of rising numbers of potentially violent groups. The number of hate groups has grown from 602 in 2000 to 926, the organisation found.
Many experts believe that spark is no longer missing. Critics say that Republican politicians have let loose a wave of anger tied to the health care debate. Fuelled by racial issues and the economic crisis, it may be impossible to control. "
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley warned his constituents that Obama's plan could "pull the plug on grandma". Former senator Rick Santorum, who is a possible 2012 presidential hopeful, recently sent out an email warning that Obama was "determined to remake America as a socialist utopia". Oklahoma congressman John Sullivan told supporters in his home state that Obama was creating an "enemies list" of those opposed to health care.
Fox News presenter Glenn Beck, has claimed Obama dislikes white people. "This guy is, I believe, a racist," Beck said. Beck has also discussed allegations that Obama is setting up a network of secret internment camps and joked about poisoning Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
It is in the so-called "birther" movement that the radical right has gained the most traction. The myth, which has been debunked, holds that Obama was not born in America. Numerous Republican politicians have floated the idea based on the false allegation that Obama cannot provide a birth certificate. The theme has been picked up by the media, including mainstream outlets such as CNN.
Since Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service.
Some threats to Mr Obama, whose Secret Service codename is Renegade, have been publicised, while most have been kept secret.
Then based on the codename which means:
1 : a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another
2 : an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior
3 : of or like a renegade; traitorous
disloyal, treacherous, dissident, false, rebellious, recreant
I have to wonder why his codename is renegade?
Now as I stated I do not believe anyone should or has the right to take a life. However in this case it is clear that these threats on Obama are not due to him being "African American", but from the outrage he is causing by pissing off Americans.
I recently sent out an email to over 100 people who voted for Obama and ask them if they wish they hadn't and 73 of them said if they could do it again they would not have voted for Obama. This goes to show that these are not just right wingers who are having a problem with Obama's ways.
I guess you should ask yourself the same thing if you voted for him.
I Never......I will leave it at that!