Thursday, January 31, 2008

An American-hating terrorist

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." -Theodore Roosevelt

The Associated Press did an article about a Brattleboro, VT town petition making President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest for crimes and the reaction to it. It will be put to a town-wide vote on March 4.

The petition has no legal standing, since the town attorney has no authority to write an indictment and the police have no authority to arrest Bush or Cheney if either visits Brattleboro.

As such, the vote is nothing more than a symbolic repudiation of Bush and Cheney. Bush has refused to visit Vermont during his presidency anyway and Cheney has only been once, for a fundraiser of course.

But as is so often the case in this country, pure symbolism has a way of firing people in a way substance does not. There was a lot of vitriolic responses shortly after this made news, though many more favorable responses later on.

It seemed like an ordinary wire service story until I read a disgusting response came from a nutjob in Rosemount, Minnesota.

A mentally deranged person named Brent Caflisch said, "Maybe the terrorists will do us all a favor and attack your town next, our country would be much safer with several thousand dead wackjobs in Vermont."

He suggested that terrorists should kidnap the town's selectmen (councilmen) who allowed the question on the ballot, "cut their heads off, video tape it and put it on the internet."

Call for legislators to be killed simply because they allowed the citizens to vote on a question. American democracy and freedom in action!

The town referendum is irrelevant. The scandal here is that this guy is openly calling for Americans to be brutally murdered because he disagrees with their political opinions.

How exactly is this guy not a terrorist?

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