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    therehastobeaway, wbr

    I must say that there seem to more reports of threats than I've ever seen.  A CRS report I mentioned in a comment above says that the head of the Secret Service testified at a Congressional hearing in December 2009 that Obama hasn't had more threats than Bush or Clinton. It also says that the Secret Service doesn't release data on the subject.  It's classified information.

    I sometimes read HuffingtonPost and articles about a threat against the President appear far too often.  Readers leave  inappropriate comments and calls to defend our freedom of speech and I'm unwise enough to tangle with those people. Maybe the anonymity of the internet brings out such behavior. In the past, I don't remember room for anyone to justify or defend threats against the President but a few people do it now.  Their argument usually relies on memories of the threats that were made against Bush.  Were there any?  They also like to assert that the President has to earn respect.  

    Perhaps the problem isn't rooted in the internet.  The idea of earning respect is older than that and it existed as long as there were assholes in the world.  Anyone who thinks their respect is something the President has to earn, deserves to live in a world where all people treat each other that way.  Once a person demands that another must earn his respect, shouldn't he expect reciprocity?  Isn't respect something that we give to each other from the start until we know it isn't deserved?

    I think of the President and his fortitude. I think of the President and the example he sets.  To people who lose heart I say, think of him. For some reason I have to revert to the half of me with a French heritage to find exactly the right words.  

    Ayez Courage!

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

    by leftreborn on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:40:26 AM PST

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