The ‘kill Obama poll’ has been taken down, but it is still being talked about. The ‘kill Obama poll’ was a poll on Facebook where someone anonymously asked the question of whether President Obama should be assassinated. The poll has since been taken down by Facebook, but the mere posting of the poll has really sparked a topic of conversation all over the place. The person that posted the poll really crossed the line of decency, and I fully believe that they already knew that, because they chose to post it anonymously. The Secret Service hasn’t been taking this lightly either, as there is an ongoing investigation into the intent of the poll.
It’s hard to find the rationality for someone to post a poll like this, and the poster was obviously going after a specific reaction when they posted it on the internet. They must have been hoping that it would become a very popular poll on Facebook, and that they could get other people to agree with their negative way of thinking. This is someone that needs to be seriously reprimanded for their actions here, and hopefully the Secret Service is able to deduce exactly who the person was. It was reported that third party software was used to allow the person to post to Facebook anonymously, but as with most computer crime, there is always a trail that hopefully someone can follow.
It seems more and more like we are taking a step back as a country when things like this happen. It’s also hard not to associate the actions of this poster with that of a racist who simply wants to post about violence against the President because of the color of his skin. Maybe the poster wasn’t simply racist, but wanted to post something very hateful with the intent of creating a stir. We probably won’t know the true reasoning behind the post until the person actually admits to it, but it is very clear that they wanted to draw attention not only to themselves, but how the President is conducting himself in office right now.
Many message boards and comment sections on the internet have been claiming that this is an attack on Obama because of his health care policies, and this could be a good theory. A lot of people have become scared about what might happen with health care because of the false information out there right now, while many others just fear the thought of change. Its one thing to disagree with the policies of the man who was overwhelmingly voted into office, but it is an entirely different thing to issue an under-handed threat like this. The health care system is broken, no matter how you look at it, and creating polls like this in a proposed attempt to scare up more fear is just sad.
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