Have you received an e-mail with the following message, or seen it posted on Facebook?
Dear Lord, this year you took my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze. You took my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett. You took my favorite singer, Michael Jackson. I just wanted to let you know, my favorite president is Barack Obama.
If so, did you find it as offensive as I do? It’s not funny, and it’s not a political statement. It’s just sick.
What in the hell is wrong with people? I know a lot of dyed in the wool Democrats who loathed George W. Bush, and I heard them express their dissatisfaction with him more than once. But never, not one time, did I ever hear somebody wishing he was dead! My father intensely disliked John F. Kennedy, but I remember coming home from school the day Kennedy was assassinated and seeing tears running down Dad’s cheeks, because our President had been shot.
You don’t have to like President Obama. There are a lot of things I don’t like about him. I didn’t vote for him. But he is the President of the United States. He was elected by a majority vote of the populace, no matter what the wing nut extremists would have you believe. And as President, he deserves the respect of his office. I knew officers in the military that I absolutely hated, but I still showed them the respect their rank merited.
Somebody said that this little e-mail going around is an expression of free speech. No, it’s just an expression of tastelessness. Free speech doesn’t give you the right to yell “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater, and it doesn’t give you the right to publicly wish the President of the United States dead.
Yeah, I know, his health care reform is going to bankrupt us. Just like George Bush’s wars are bankrupting us. Yeah, I heard, you don’t believe that he was born in the United States, no matter what his Hawaiian birth certificate says. I didn’t hear him bitching because John McCain was born on an American military installation in Panama. Yeah, I know, he’s black, and he’s giving all of your money to minorities and illegal aliens. Guess what? During George Bush’s eight year reign, we had millions of people on welfare, and millions of illegals ripping off the system. They didn’t all show up on Inauguration Day. You’re right, the economy is in the toilet. Again, we didn’t get there in the last fifteen months.
The country was in trouble when President Obama took office, and I have no doubt that it will be in trouble when he leaves the White House. But he didn’t cause all of our problems overnight. Nobody is that good, or bad.
If you don’t like the man, vote him out of office next election. But in the meantime, grow up, and stop acting like a bunch of ignorant rednecks and spoiled children who are not getting their way!
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