Historically other US presidents and politicians have been disliked. Some have been assassinated, sadly by US citizens. I am sure hate rhetoric has always been part of US politics and culture. Isn’t it sad that with new media technology, the hate rhetoric of today is recorded for all to see? Is spread by the click of a button? I wonder if studies will now be conducted on how often someone posts, “the president needs to go, and we shouldn’t wait until November”.
These thoughts bring me to another, why is President Obama so disliked? Is it because of his policies? Is it because he continued the bailouts President Bush started? Is it because he has not produced a miracle and returned the economy to some undefined economic glory days of the past? Is it because he didn’t spend all of his youth living in the United States? Is it because his parents’ union would have been against some state laws during a more ignorant past?
Whatever the reason, it makes me worry anytime someone lightly speaks or writes about the death of another. It especially makes me worry when it is our president. Only the crude, the ignorant or the anarchist would wish the President of the United States dead. Oh yea, and a few terrorists.
Freedom of Speech is well and good, but responsibility of speech needs to be encouraged more. Not political correctness but ownership and understanding of what you actually say and spread. I believe there will be a judgment day, and I suspect that what we say, what we write and what we share with our friends will be on the list of items we must account for to the Almighty. Passionate debate, strong beliefs and political rhetoric have a place in society, but the crudeness of political speech that is becoming more prevalent, is something we should not support or encourage.
Defend Freedom of Speech, but also promote Decency and Responsibility of Speech.