Racism, Special Interest Groups And Nativism?
I am not sure what to make of the 400% increase in threats against the US President, whether or not they are motivated by actual racism, simply venting of the spleen, tied to the economic decline in the US or as a result of the hatred stirred up by medical and other special interest groups against health reforms in the US.
It could be anyone of them, bits of them or a combination.
That’s excluding that streak of Nativism which has come to the fore over Obama’s birth certificate. Whatever happens I think that the tactics of right-wing shock jocks in talk radio stations vilifying Obama are dangerous and partly to blame for this situation.
Update 1: I should add for European readers that it is, basically, against the law to threaten to kill (directly or indirectly) a US President, under United States Code 18, section 871:
“(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”