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Its RESPECT, stupid…

Remember when there was a de facto threshold of civil conduct in this country?  I am fairly certain that most of you were raised as I was raised (especially since at least a couple of you reading this actually did raise me!), instilled with the belief that regardless of political ideology or how much one may detest the sitting President of the U.S., there was a line that was not crossed.  Threats, whether explicit or implicit, against the lives of the President (or for that matter any elected official) and/or his family were not just unacceptable, but were outside the perimeter of what even the most incorrigible, felonious element of a civilized, democratic society tolerates.  You just did not go there.  The level of contempt for those who did was on par with that which we reserve exclusively for terrorist, and those who commit treason.  It was categorically not tolerated.  So now consider that there those using Biblical scripture to administer a campaign of dissent suggesting that President Barack Obama be assassinated (follow the link below).  From all appearances,  this is something we are prepared to tolerate.  To do so not only sets a dangerous precedent, but in fact is a  major concession in the  ‘war on terror’, in that it appropriates the type of conduct and tactic favored by the militant forces of Islamic Jihad.  And it is because I do not believe that we should set about legislating conduct or further encroaching on the right to free speech that I am forwarding this to many of you. ‘Back in the day,’ –  to use the colloquial prepositional slang de jour for “back in the days when I was growing up and before the world got really screwed up”  – we didn’t need laws or regulation to check such behavior and attitudes.  It was a critical mass of shared value among the citizenry that kept deplorable behavior in check.  And though it is unlikely that we will change how many adults conduct themselves, we should rise to the challenge of ensuring that the next generation comes of age with the quality of respect for the offices, institutions and Constitution of the United States that you and I did.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

“Christian” Jihadist?

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