Since Sarah brought up fears of an Obama assassination, I felt obligated to post from this article entitled "Secret Service says "Kill him" allegation unfounded":
By Andrew M. Seder firstname.lastname@example.org
SCRANTON – The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.
The Scranton Times-Tribune first reported the alleged incident on its Web site Tuesday and then again in its print edition Wednesday. The first story, written by reporter David Singleton, appeared with allegations that while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd and mentioned Obama’s name a man in the audience shouted “kill him."
News organizations including ABC, The Associated Press, The Washington Monthly and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann reported the claim, with most attributing the allegations to the Times-Tribune story.
Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.
“I was baffled,” he said after reading the report in Wednesday’s Times-Tribune.
I don't mean to downplay real threats to the lives of the Obamas. There are undoubtedly real threats that should be taken seriously. But a pattern I am noticing more and more is the liberal charge that crazy, "erratic" McCain supporters (or Republicans) are plotting something heinous. Further, there is a quick slight of hand to implicate any and all McCain supporters/GOPers (see Sarah's comment above) with threats that could be made from genuinely unstable McCain supporters/GOPers that pose the real threats.
Are we going to trivialize death threats the same way we trivialized racism? If Obama does win and we disagree with his policies, are we going to be called racists or, worse, be implicated in plots against him? Death threats are real and, in my view, very serious. Throwing out unfounded allegations to tarnish the opposition is not only a disgusting tactics, but it takes away focus from the real threats that may be out there.