Twitter Tea-Parties Like It's 1861? Violent Rhetoric From The TeaBaggers.

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If we hadn't already had a full year of their racist, eliminationist mumbo jumbo, this would be hard to believe. Jezebel:

Earlier today, self-described conservative blogger Solomon "Solly" Forell posted a tweet that included a call for assassination, as well as this line: "We'll surely get over a bullet 2 Barack Obama's head!" It gets worse.

There was a lot worse, like starting that tweet with the word "assasination!" in all caps, so that the Secret Service started an investigation and Twitter claimed they would suspend the "blogger's" account. The account was still active as of this writing, and it leaves me wondering if law enforcement might have requested it be left up for the purposes of investigation. The specific assassination tweets have been deleted but for the strong-of-stomach Jezebel has screen shots. And the calls for Obama's assassination exploded exponentially from there.

There has been a rapid backtrack on this violent rhetoric since those instigating it caught wind that it might actually get them investigated by Treasury agents. That said, searching twitter for "1861" is an illuminating exercise. "Texasbeaut" also backtracked and deleted this tweet, but the re-tweet is forever.

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One unintended consequence of passing healthcare reform is that it brings to light yet again the vicious racism of at least a segment of its opponents. Race has nothing to do with healthcare reform, and those racists who hate the President will still benefit from the bill's passage. As watered down as this bill is, it is still tragic to realize how close a reactionary minority came, to completely scuttling the reform that will benefit them and their children for generations.

Or as my colleague Jon Perr puts it more succinctly: All the more reason Ulysses Grant needs to stay on the $50 bill.

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