Friday, August 14, 2009

Conservative Protester Elevates The Dialogue

This disturbed wingnut has apparently fashioned himself into a "death panel" of one:

There were signs comparing President Barack Obama to a Nazi and showing him with an Adolf Hitler-style mustache, but federal officials believe another sign referencing the president and his family went too far.

A man who was holding a sign reading "Death to Obama" Wednesday outside a town hall meeting on health care reform in Hagerstown, Md., has been turned over to the Secret Service.

Washington County Sheriff's Capt. Peter Lazich said the sign also read, "Death to Michelle and her two stupid kids."

Lazich said U.S. Secret Service agents took the unidentified 51-year-old man into custody Wednesday afternoon after deputies detained him near the entrance to Hagerstown Community College.
And we're supposed to be listening to and debating with these people? Yeah, no anger or hate here: Just patriotic Americans who are only upset about health care legislation and deficit spending. The second sign about the president's wife and kids is definitely the scariest part of this story. Remember what I said about "the ominous undercurrent of right-wing anger"? And how much do you want to bet that this guy owns several guns and regularly listens to Glenn Beck or some other irresponsible provocateur? I'm relieved that he's been taken into custody but you can be sure that he isn't the only one out there who feels this way.


CS said...

Apparently President Obama has the highest number of death threats of any president in the history of the United States.

Did Jesus command his people to wingnut crazy?

JBW, it still boggles my mind as to why America has such extremes of culture, politics and overall weirdness and "awesomeness"(for lack of a better word).

You folk have the best of many thingsm and in contrast, also the worst to go along with it.

Denney Crane said...

Does it remind you of Code Pink or any of those groups?

JBW said...

Sometimes I envy you your nationality, CS. Sometimes.

It reminds me of some of the worst elements of Code Pink Denney, as it does the worst elements of many disaffected groups in America. I'd say that the main difference however is that while Code Pink and other war protesters had a legitimate laundry list of complaints about the actions of the Bush administration over many years, the Healthers and others have been trying to demonize Obama and his administration since the outset of his presidency. And yes, I also realize that some on the left tried to do the same to Bush but they had nowhere near the level of unanimity or support from the rest of those on their side of the aisle at this point in his first term.