18 January 2009

Racist, bigots and Obama

I know, I know, the phrase "racist morons" is redundant. The Klan and other racist, hateful asshats are all spooled up about Obama becoming their (and our) president.

White supremacists under the scanner ahead of Obama swearing-in

"Washington, Jan 17 (ANI): White supremacists across the United States are closely being watched by hate crimes experts and law enforcement officials as Barack Obama prepares to be sworn in as the first Black president of the United States next week.

So far, there is no known organized effort to express opposition to Obama's rise to the presidency — other than a call by the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for its members to wear black armbands and fly the US flag upside down on Inauguration Day and Obamas first full day in office, the Daily News reported.

The level of vitriol, I expect, will go up a bit more around inauguration time, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino.

There is concern about White supremacist groups during the inauguration, said Joe Persichini, the assistant FBI director who is helping to oversee security during the inauguration.

The inauguration of the nations first minority president increases any potential threat, particularly stemming from individuals on the extremist fringe of the white supremacist movement, said a recent intelligence assessment by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

But law enforcement has the appropriate resources to respond if needed, Persichini said. We have seen a lot of chatter. We have seen a lot of discussions, he said.
We have seen some information via the Internet. But those are discussions. We look at the vulnerabilities and whether or not the groups are taking action. You have freedom of speech, he added.

Anger, violence and interest in racist ideology did increase in the hours and days after Obama was elected president in November, hate groups experts said.

Three New York men were indicted on charges of conspiracy to interfere with voting rights — accused of targeting and attacking African-Americans in a brutal crime spree soon after Obama was declared the winner on November 4."
Guess what? Obama will be the American president for the next 4 years, perhaps even the next 8. Get used to it. Did I vote for Obama? No, I voted for Libertarian Bob Barr. Do I like many of Obama's ideas and political leanings? Certainly not. However, that is no reason for hatred and bigotry. Don't hate the man, but please feel free to vehemently disagree with his politics.

The increased security measures the government will employ during and after the inauguration (and for which we'll have to pay) could be used as another excuse for government to restrict our individual freedoms. Why? Because of threats from a bunch of stupid morons want to commit violence and assassinate someone because of skin color and ethnic background. Its amazing that in 2009 some people can still be so easily driven by hate.

When the complaints about the government infringing upon our freedoms and individual rights begin, I know where the loudest complaints will likely come from.

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