Following the news that someone burned a swastika next to Obama’s name on a golf course in Massachusetts, cue the national anthem, then a record scratch. In a story that hasn’t been reported enough, apparently, President Obama receives 30 death threats a day.
A president receiving death threats, surprisingly, isn’t a very new thing. President Bush received nearly 3,000 a year. The difference between President Bush and President Obama, other than their work ethic, is that he receives on average 400% more death threats than any other President that’s taken office.
Come on people. A lot of hubbub is made about how disagreeing with the President’s policies isn’t an example of intrinsic racism, but seriously? Are we really that racist as a country? 30 a day? Jesus Christ, it makes me embarrassed and worried. It should make you the same. Most are kept under wraps for fear of copycat crimes. In addition, since Bush took over, the Secret Service division has increasingly been under-budget since it was merged with Homeland Security. Meaning, it’s been stretched out. Meaning, that’s bad, since there are apparently way more crazies than were originally anticipated.
Here’s an idea, don’t threaten to kill the President. Seriously. Seriously. We’re better than this.