Should Americans be prohibited from criticizing the President publicly?

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Dana - posted on 08/18/2011

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I don't think it should be prohibited by far.

I do, however, think it's tacky when our own citizens are extremely disrespectful of the president, no matter what party he's in.

Krista - posted on 08/19/2011

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With regards to Dana's joke, I've heard variations on it with things like lawyers being on the airplane, or executives, and in that case, it's still tasteless but it is a little funny.

But when the joke targets one family in particular, and when the joke targets a president that has received more death threats than any other president in history...

Well, it kind of takes the humour out of it, doesn't it? Because sadly, there are a lot of people out there who WOULD sincerely cheer if the Obamas fell out of an airplane and died.

Dana - posted on 08/19/2011

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Let me be clear, I did not think the "joke' I posted was funny nor is it tasteful. I find it full of ignorance and hatred.

Karla - posted on 08/18/2011

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I don't think individuals should be prohibited from criticizing the President publicly, but I do think the media should be held to a higher standard than the current status quo. I think the Fairness Doctrine should be implemented so that news sources must have representatives from differing ideologies.

It seems that opinion is running rampant, there used to be only a handful of “talk” shows and individual opinions were primarily published on the opinion page of the newspaper. Now we have an over abundance of “talk” shows, and the internet where thousands of people blog without any accountability for what they claim to be factual. I find that disconcerting.

Karla - posted on 08/19/2011

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I’m not sure, but I don’t think threats to life & limb towards anyone are protected by the 1st Amendment.



This article is interesting, but it didn’t really clarify anything for me, and it sounds like politics has fewer restrictions than the average “joe.”



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_...



edit to add this:



This is more helpful!

http://definitions.uslegal.com/d/death-t...



Under state criminal codes, which vary by state, it is an offense to knowingly utter or convey a threat to cause death or bodily harm to any person.

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Katherine - posted on 08/19/2011

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You're 100% right Krista. A lot of people would be happy to see him dead. They are racist and foolish people. They hate him as a person and not as the president.
He has a big mess to clean up and I think he's doing a "decent" job.

Katherine - posted on 08/19/2011

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It wasn't THAT bad Dana. I mean it was a little disrespectful, but not too bad.

Merry - posted on 08/19/2011

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I think I was funny :D and I voted for Barack! Jokes are great an I think that one was tasteful enough, now the ne I didn't like I heard from some comedian Bo something, he said something about the average child of Sarah palin has X amount of chromosomes. I thought that was not good taste, it's true, but not something I feel ok laughing at.

Katherine - posted on 08/19/2011

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That definition sounded like it ruled out pretty much everything lol.

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The other issue the right wingers want to attack him on he isn't patriotic to America b/c he didn't serve in the military.

Katherine - posted on 08/19/2011

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I don't like the fact that they focus on him being Muslim. That really irks me.
Or all of the other things IE: his birth certificate, where he was born etc.....

Merry - posted on 08/19/2011

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I think parents should teach their kids how to be respectful, but no, it shouldn't be illegal. That's one of the beautifully ugly things about our country, we are 'free' to speak our mind.
It is pretty rude, tacky, disrespectful and bad taste but that's not a legal issue it's a manners issue imo

Katherine - posted on 08/19/2011

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I question his policies and actions. As far as him as a person that's another story.

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I don't mind it if you question or speak out against his policies, but what concerns me that most of it is hate, vitriolic & racism. I have never seen so much hate and racism leveled toward a President in m life.

Carolee - posted on 08/19/2011

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I feel that our rights are slowly being taken away. Just waiting for "free speech" to be gone, too.

Krista - posted on 08/19/2011

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I don't mind them joking about personality quirks. What I don't like is when people make up shit out of whole cloth.

Obviously, they'll still be allowed to do it, but I wish that people (including our media) were more willing to call people out when they parrot lies about public figures.

Dana - posted on 08/19/2011

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That's not really true, Nikki. If you made a threat right here on CoM against the President's life, you'd be in trouble.

Nikki - posted on 08/19/2011

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I agree Katherine. As far as I know, the only time it is considered a threat is if the president is near where you are and they could consider you a viable threat.

Dana - posted on 08/19/2011

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Eh, there's a difference between comedians telling jokes or some asshole making up a stupid joke about the death of a president. Like this one. (And you can switch Obama and Michelle's name for George and Laura and I'd still feel the same).



Obama looked at Michelle, chuckled and said, "You know, I could throw a $1,000 bill out of the window right now and make somebody very happy." Michelle shrugged her shoulders and replied, "I could throw ten $100 bills out of the window and make ten people very happy". Hearing their exchange, the pilot of plane said to his co-pilot,"Such big-shots back there. I could throw both of them out of the window and make 256 million people very happy."!! If you're one of 256 million, pass this on

Mrs. - posted on 08/19/2011

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Well, the comedy world would be pretty dull without the ability to critique both policy and personality.

Krista - posted on 08/19/2011

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I agree with Dana. Criticize the actions, but don't take potshots at the individual.

Lady Heather - posted on 08/18/2011

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It would be a pretty shitty excuse for a democracy if you couldn't criticize the government.

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I am a huge supporter of President Obama and I believe in Freedom of Speech it is our First Amendment Right to do so. In some foreign countries citizens don't have these rights.

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