The utter hatred from the far political right for President Obama has only grown with each passing year. After his election in 2008, many conservatives filed with vitriol came out of the woodwork, protested and screaming at the top of their lungs for their disdain for the first African American president in the nation's history.
More and more people have become political engaged and one of the main reasons why is due to the growing nature of social media. Of all the social media platforms, Facebook seems to garner the most attention, with millions of people each day taking to their keyboard to voice their opinion. While the United States does offer free speech, it doesn't and shouldn't cover what many would consider "hate speech." A right wing Facebook page titled "America the next generation," often posts derogatory messages about those on the "left" and more often than not, about President Obama himself. A recent post garnered some attention as it was a photo-shopped picture of President Obama hanging in noose about to be put to death with the words "The making of a National Holiday" written across the image. The original image was of former Iraq president Saddam Hussein moments before he was killed.
Many page members laughed at the image saying it "should be the fate of all Traitor to the United States" and that it should happen as early as New Year's day. Other supporters claimed that murdering President Obama would make him a "martyr" and that life in prison would be more appropriate for the president. When others spoke out against the photo and those enjoying it, they were quickly attacked and banned from the page. The page's owner went on a profanity laced rant against them and another page member said that they could "add a rope for them next to his."
One can argue against the political beliefs, ideology and the way President Obama has governed the country since he was sworn into office in January of 2009, but spewing such hatred should not be tolerated and can only lead to major problems moving forward. The United States promotes freedom of speech and expression, but with that comes the responsibility of your words and actions. To openly call for and promote the murder of anyone, much less the president of the United States, is not only wrong but also dangerous and exceeding the limit of "free speech."
Screen shots from the page's photo-shopped image of President Obama hanging and multiple comments from the thread can be seen in the slideshow.