If you, like me, have been appalled at the increasingly-harsh, absolutist, violent and even sometimes apocalyptic tone of nonstop hatred coming from the right (too many examples to link), if you’ve wondered what kind of corrosive effect it is having on not just our discourse but on our people, wonder no more:
Because when a 16 year-old white girl takes to Twitter to openly call for the assassination of our President, you have got to wonder where we, as a society, have gone wrong; why we, as a society, have failed; how we, as a society, have allowed hatred to incubate within such a young, malleable mind. It is a choice that, as President Obama paralleled tonight in his invocation of our rights and responsibilities as a nation and as a society, we all shoulder the burden of making, because the consequences of that choice will shape a future of our own making.
I am speechless at the tweet and what it represents. Let it sink in your conscience once again:
Someone needs to assassinate Obama…like ASAP #DieYouPieceOfShit
That tweet has been RT’d over 300 times. Over sixty people have marked it as a Favorite. The kid has actually gained followers since she tweeted that.
Nice work, wingnuts. Proud of yourselves?