Here’s a story that I think helps illustrate the danger of the far-right rhetoric about President Obama being a traitor, a Muslim, an ally of the terrorists, and so forth. A man in Pennsylvania has been arrested after threatening Obama’s life in an email to the White House and found to have a stockpile of weapons. Oh, and he did this just before Obama was to have an appearance near his home.
A federal grand jury in Scranton on Tuesday indicted Nicholas Savino, 42, 328 Melrose Ave. He is accused of sending an email to the White House Aug. 16 that read “President Obama the Anti-Christ. As a result of breaking the constitution you will stand down or be shot dead,” according to a news release from the U. S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Mr. Savino is charged with threatening to kill the president of the United States and transmitting a threatening communication in interstate commerce…On Aug. 23, the day of Mr. Obama’s visit to Northeast Pennsylvania, Clarks Summit police and the Lackawanna County SWAT Team served a warrant and seized ammunition and weapons from Mr. Savino’s home on behalf of the Secret Service.
There’s nothing wrong with saying that Obama has violated the Constitution. He has, in many different ways, as did his predecessor in most of the same ways. But if you add to that the idea that he’s the Antichrist, all rationality is gone and pure fanaticism has replaced it. And that is always dangerous.