Okay, fine. So I spelled her name wrong. Her name is "Rashel."
I'm not wrong about her being an idiot, however. And bear in mind that she's not alone in her ignorance, so please don't think I'm ranting just at this online remark by this one woman. I'm ranting at all the Rashels--at her general type. I'm aiming at those who want to feel justification for their anger by making up their own reality, or exaggerating reality to justify their mock (rarely genuine) outrage.
So. Here's what happened. In the comments section of the NBC News article about ricin traces being found at a martial arts studio (read it here), a woman with the screen name "Rashel Lee" wrote: Obama appointed himself life long protection paid for by us, and suddenly the media cries murder because someone doesn't like him...boo hoo, you don't appoint yourself protection if you think the hardest part of life is getting showered by pollen in the air...no, he knew this was the most risky position in the World....so stop with the omg Obama is being targeted....who cares hes got all the citizens money to pay for his protection...its just dumb to freak out about this. Obama is just another person that's all.
Aside from the fact that the woman can't capitalize properly, use apostrophes, or write complete sentences using periods or anything other than ellipses, it's clear that she otherwise cannot hold a rational, adult argument about the topic on hand--ricin, not Obama.
Now, I'm neither pro- or anti-Obama. I'm definitely not a 'Bama Zombie. Though I am legally protected in this country and have the right to keep voting decisions private, I will instead freely confess that I never voted for him. Either time.
I'm not a liberal, either... but when Republican party members start believing that women can stop themselves from getting pregnant in the case of rape and that such children are created through the will of God, and then they try to defend each other's views in such cases because they believe their fellow conservative was "taken out of context," I have no choice but to step back from the extremes of Conservatism and sit squarely in the middle of both parties. From the center, I can try to pick and choose facts, logic and truth while ignoring hysterical arguments, and simultaneously pushing away all the hate, anger and any negative emotions which have no place in my life and which only interfere with logical discussions.
What am I? I am a military veteran who served this country twice, and who--through living the Chain of Command, not just talking about it, or thinking I have an understanding because I read it in a book somewhere--has a clear definition between a person in office and the office itself in which they serve.
So I felt obligated to respond to the remarks by "Rashel." And I did.
Raschel Lee: You're an idiot.
The assassination of President McKinley in 1901 is what made it LAW for Secret Service to protect the President and his family. Here's the quote directly from the United States Secret Service website: "After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, Congress directed the Secret Service to protect the President of the United States."
So why don't you stop your whining and ask yourself this question: why did we, as citizens of the United States, have absolutely NO issues with this policy before President Obama came along? Why is it that NOBODY, not one single President before Obama, was questioned about having this kind of protection?
And then try and tell me it has nothing to do with racism. G'head. I'm listening. If it's not racism that prompts us to complain about the President receiving top security, and it's just general hatred towards a poor leader, why has NO OTHER POTUS IN THE PAST 112 YEARS OF AMERICAN HISTORY been criticized for having the Secret Service?!? Because certainly we've had more than a few lame ducks in office. Not ONCE, not with ONE OTHER PRESIDENT, have people spoken up and protested the idea that the President of our country should not get protection!
Don't listen to the NRA's whining on their brain-dead commercial about protection. And stop feeding your hatred of Obama by attacking long-established laws and etiquette that have been in place for the Presidential office. You're only demonstrating your ignorance and hatred of America, its customs, its practices and its systems--NOT your feelings about Obama!
You don't have to remotely care for or like those IN office, but here's an idea! Try being a loyal American for a change and respect what this country has set up for those who ARE in office. You can't rewrite the rules to either justify or fuel your hatred, lady. I pity you for letting your ignorance fly in the face of facts.
So, to break down her faulty argument...
1. President Obama NEVER "appointed himself life long protection." It was CONGRESS did that for the Office of the President of the United States. One hundred and twelve years ago, long before you, your parents and even your grandparents were born. It was not something that was done for any one specific man, nor did any man "appoint himself" that privilege. Therefore, it's not something that magically appeared when President Obama took office, woman.
2. "Suddenly the media cries murder because someone doesn't like him... boo hoo." Uh, sorry to break in to your whiny rant, here, but ricin is not exactly made "because someone doesn't like him." Ricin is an actual, real-world, tangible and deadly substance. It's not a joke or a toy. This isn't like hurling an insult on Facebook. It is both a chemical and biological weapon. You know, CHEMICAL WARFARE. Like we're going through with the whole debate over Syria right now--"do they, don't they, how deadly is what they might have" kind of thing? It's Serious Business. So don't even try to pull your childish "boo hoo" antics in the face of a genuine chemical threat against a major world leader. The ultimate shame is that it is a danger raised by one of our own American citizens, born and raised in this country... a cowardly American who, in turn, showed even less sensibility and courage as he tried to frame another man for his actions.
3. Exposure to ricin is NOT getting "showered by pollen in the air." Read a little. Ricin is a naturally-occurring protein, but it must be refined, and then it only takes a dose the size of a few grains of table salt to kill an adult. (Or is Wikipedia beyond your search abilities on the internet? Here. Let me make the topic easier for you to find. Do us all a favor. Read it. Learn a little something.)
4. "It's just dumb to freak out about this." Wrong again! It's dumb to NOT freak out about anything which presents a very real threat to your life--or to the lives of your family, friends and acquaintances. So how would you feel in his place, Rashel, receiving something in YOUR mail, that held a few grains of some mysterious substance? Would you not freak out? Let's say that you have an infant son who toddles over to chew on the mail before you open it, then you find grains of "something" in the envelope... but he's already moistened and opened one corner of the envelope with his mouth. Is it still "just dumb to freak out" at that point?
5. He is PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. That is his name and his title. Again, that respect for those who hold the highest office in the land goes back to my military training. It is respect the Office of the President of the United States because it is a reflection of respect for America itself. Once elected, a President is a President forever. You don't have to like, respect or even listen to the President, but you DO have to "recognize." I never cared that much for either Clinton or Bush, either, but I still served under their command and always respected the traditions of this country that were afforded to the POTUS. Thus, I never showed them disrespect, either in or out of uniform.
And by the way, President Obama is NOT Obummer or Obozo, or any other five-year-old level, fictional name that people come up with. If you aren't mature enough to spell or pronounce the names of people or things properly, or you can't hold an argument without using the proper name of the individual (s), then maybe you shouldn't be using English.
But I hold no ill feelings towards "Rashel Lee" herself, or those like her who are so eager to fly their anti-Obama flag of anger that they'll usurp any topic on the internet they can in order to turn it into an Obama-bashing session. It's the lack of character and sensibility that I find so outrageous.
Again, that goes down to my ability to separate the person from the political office they hold.
Or, in this case, separating the person from the bone-headed argument they may try to wield. I'm sure Kristine is a very nice person once you get to know her.