Is President Obama in danger?

There is an “avalanche of hatred” coming down on President Barack Obama. And it’s been like this since his triumphant 2008 campaign which catapulted this son of Africa into the White House.

Governors of states, U.S. Senators, Members of Congress have all piled on with their hate speech. These are the “leaders” of the country, high officials, the opinion makers. If their mouths are so filthy they need to be washed out with soap, just imagine what some of the “Ordinary Joes” who respond to what is no longer coded hate speech, it’s now out in the open in plain, unmistakable language.

Montana’s chief federal judge Richard Cebull is the lates top official to add to the list. He admitted that he forwarded a racist email to six others from his court email account which suggested President Obama was the product of a sexual encounter between his mother and a dog.

The “joke” in the email sent by Montana’s chief judge said.

A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m Black and you’re White?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!'”

In a note preceding the joke, Judge Cebull wrote, “Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.” Trying to explain his reasons for sending the email, Judge Cebull said, “I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.”

The judge later apologized to the President in a letter he made public. I wonder if the President even bothered to read it. I wouldn’t have read it if I was President.Meanwhile, the controversial, racist, anti-Latino sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., declared that President Obama’s birth certificate and Selective Service card are fakes. While he did not accuse the president directly, this sheriff said his investigators’ findings constitute evidence of fraud, forgery and other criminal offenses.

So if a federal judge, (a Chief Judge by the way) harbors admittedly racist views about the President, and if a prominent county sheriff believes there’s evidence that the President is in office as a result of fraud, forgery and other crimes, is it far fetched to imagine that there are people who may even be around the President who secretly harbor similar views (or worse) putting the life of the President or members of his family in danger? I don’t think that’s a far fetched notion at all.

At the same time, the Secret Service is investigating a picture that was posted on an Arizona police officer’s Facebook page in which an image of President Barack Obama appears to have been used for target practice. And they arrested another man in Saratoga Springs, New York who “intended to murder” the President and a number of elementary school children. The Secret Service intercepted two threatening messages posted by the man on a White House message board.

The Peoria Arizona Police Department is investigating Police Sgt. Patrick Shearer and a picture that was uploaded on Jan. 19 showing several young men in the desert holding various weapons (including assault rifles and a revolver) and holding up a T-shirt with President Obama’s likeness on it. The shirt appeared riddled with bullet holes.

The picture was online while the president was visiting Arizona in February, but was removed from the sergeant’s page after inquiries were made to the Peoria Police.

This is not rocket science or brain surgery here. This dates back to the time when the President was a candidate and was assigned Secret Service protection long before he even clinched the Democratic nomination, and well before any other presidential candidates were protected, because of the overwhelming volume of death threats.

And finally, I would say to my progressive/radical friends who love to heap criticism on the President for not being “Black enough,” or “militant enough” just as some did in the 2008 campaign: Be careful that your sharp criticism does not signal to the enemies of President Obama, who are also enemies of you and me, that somehow this man is isolated from the love and protection of our community.

Be careful my super militant brothers and sisters, your ad nauseam complaints that the simple “good” the President is trying to accomplish is somehow the enemy of your “perfect,” but unproven theories, puts you in this environment on the side of the racist judges, and sheriffs and police sergeants, who are indeed a threat to the President’s safety.

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