Monday, September 28, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

Secret Service Probing Obama Assassination Poll on Facebook

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a "poll" posted on Facebook that asked users the most unsocial, unspeakable question: Should President Obama be assassinated?

Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the agency will take "appropriate investigative steps" in connection to the survey, which was posted on Saturday and was quickly removed when Facebook employees were alerted to its existence.

"We are continuing our investigation," Donovan told FOXNews.com, declining further comment.

The poll asked respondents: "Should Obama be killed?"

The possible answers were "no," "maybe," yes," and "yes if he cuts my health care."


I would like to hope no one agrees with the poll. We can dislike the man, we can think what we want about him, but wishing a US President dead is going too far.

My questions are:

-What are the limits on free speech?

-Should they be limited on a privately owned network like this?

-How much damage does this do to the conservative cause?

-What are the odds this is a liberal or Democratic operative trying to make conservatives look bad?

Finally there is this:

Bob Beckel, a Democratic Party strategist and FOX News contributor, said the individual responsible for the poll should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"This is the kind of garbage that's generated from the extreme right against Obama, and it's going way over the line," Beckel told FOXNews.com. "It's got to be stopped. Find him, prosecute him and put him in jail."


Now, Bob Beckel's an idiot. With that said, I have to agree that the person needs to be investigated and prosecuted if warranted. I do have one more question though:

-Will Bob Beckel make just as public a demand for prosecution 'to the furthest extent of the law' if it turns out it is a Dem causing trouble?

13 comments:

LomaAlta said...

Calling for President Bush's death was a nearly constant thing. It went on for years and it was much more graphic and evil than this incident.

No one seemed particularly upset about the leftists saying Bush should be killed. Don't recall Beckel saying a word. Oh well...

Z said...

Bush and Cheney were wished death..nobody cared.
having said that, it should NEVER be even suggested that this happens...and I didn't hear Beckel say that, but I'm not surprised; this will be all about the Right.
Pelosi and a few other libs were coming VERY close to suggesting they wouldn't be surprised if something happened to Obama...
I think it's plain ODD of them.
(I hope it's just odd...if I had any guts, I'd tell you what I really think they'd do)

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

While I think the poll is despicable, I also think it could be a roach motel for the Secret Service to sift out the dangerous nutcases out there from the harmless ones.

Also,

"This is the kind of garbage that's generated from the extreme right against Obama, and it's going way over the line," Beckel told FOXNews.com. "It's got to be stopped. Find him, prosecute him and put him in jail."

Did Beckel ever express such outrage over the left's calls for assassinating George Bush? I dunno, he might have; he's somewhat of a sane Democrat.

DaBlade said...

Maybe they will find out that it was Hillary conducting this poll. I seem to recall during the campaign when Hillary was being pressured to step aside, she said: "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California."

Chuck said...

LomaAlta, I thought about Bush over this. Your right, no outrage from the left then

Z, agreed. That is what pissed me off about Beckel. Also, we're going to hear about racism again.

Wordsmith, we have had nutcases in every Presidency. The Secret Service will do their job as usual. The difference is that Beckel added nothing to it.

DaBlade, get rid of Barack and then have Joe have an "accident"...

Randy said...

Someone has to start the change. I'd prefer it be the right wing who took a more noble route and said "we will not put up with this type of action." The people who put on this poll should be prosecuted. Free speech is a good thing, but there are limits and threatening the president is already against the law.

If the right wing will stand up and denounce this type of behavior, it will come out looking better in the long run.

Always On Watch said...

That such a poll even exists tells us that WE THE PEOPLE and our government as in the midst of huge disconnect.

Having lived through the assassinations here in the States during the 60s, people are crazy to advocate assassination!

One problem with social sites is that people can link to you without your knowing it. Are those "unauthorized" links going to be investigated too?

Recently, several BHO supporters have said that any opposition to BHO's policies is tantamount to fomenting assassination. I fully expect the BHO administration to go after dissenters as well -- people such as you and me.

Chuck said...

Randy, I agree to an extent. For one thing they will certainly look better than the left when this kind of nonsense was happening under Bush. The problem is that when the GOP does this, they inevitably wind up apologizing and looking guilty by association. It's a fine line.

AOW, I agree. I still wonder though if this will be a leftist trying to cause a problem. We are seeing more and more of that.

Brooke said...

As evil as I might think Obama is, I would never wish for his assassination.

That said, where was the outrage when that film depicting Bush being killed came out?

shoprat said...

It could have been done by an Obama plant so they would have something to complain about. One way or the other it is in poor taste to say the very least.

Chuck said...

Brooke, agreed. Where was Beckel then?

Shoprat, I agree on both points

MK said...

"-What are the limits on free speech?"

Incitement.

"-Should they be limited on a privately owned network like this?"

Yes.

"-How much damage does this do to the conservative cause?"

Too much, and even if the conservatives disown such crap, i doubt the media will report that with the same gusto.

"-What are the odds this is a liberal or Democratic operative trying to make conservatives look bad?"

Democrats push for unborn to be killed off and the elderly to be helped to death, so i wouldn't put this past them.

Personally, i think running stuff like this is a waste of time and simply childish.

Chuck said...

MK,

Too much, and even if the conservatives disown such crap, i doubt the media will report that with the same gusto.

Dead on