Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Parallel to Israel in 1995?

Thomas Friedman writes an editorial at The New York Times asserting that the current environment in politics is toxic and compares it to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He recalls how people "...questioned his authority. They accused him of treason. They created pictures depicting him as a Nazi SS officer, and they shouted death threats at rallies. His political opponents winked at it all."

And says the right wing in America is doing the same thing to Obama. He cites the Facebook poll that was taken down recently, which asked if Obama should be assassinated.

And somehow asserts that we haven't had a legitimate president in the United States in 24 years.

It's not like people calling an American president "Hitler", "socialist" and more. Bush was demonized like no one before. I don't think Friedman cried about that.

There are nuts of every stripe, on the left and the right. Someone criticizing Obama's policies as socialist is not going to push a nut over the edge. If he's going to shoot the president, it's not because someone's argument made sense enough to pull the trigger. By definition, someone who goes that far isn't rational.

You can read Friedman's whining here.

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