The account of the incident makes it clear that the question could have been condemned on the spot and should have been condemned. Any person with any moral character at all would have done so. The people in the room who stood by laughing, laughing, are as guilty as the congressman who let it pass.
Rep. Paul Broun issued a statement to save his own ass. He’s simply not fit to be in Congress. However, these days that doesn’t seem to matter.
Tuesday night at a town hall meeting in Oglethorpe County, Georgia an elderly man asked the abhorrent question, “Who’s going to shoot Obama?” I was stunned by the question and chose not to dignify it with a response; therefore, at that moment I moved on to the next person with a question. After the event, my office took action with the appropriate authorities.
I deeply regret that this incident happened at all. Furthermore, I condemn all statements — made in sincerity or jest — that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the President of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated.
Congress is a joke. They’re either in bed with corporations or sucking up to special interests, more worried about keeping their jobs than doing their jobs.
Once upon a time there was a show called “West Wing.” There aren’t very many lawmakers who fit the bill of the idealism the show projected.
How someone, anyone, could sit in an audience with this question asked about any president without causing a scene is beyond me.
But if you want to know the problem with this country, this episode reveals the root. We’ve decayed down to the core constituency. There is no heeling what is rotten without a revolution of spirit, which has absolutely no chance of happening today.