Are There Double Standards Regarding Threats?
Double standards run amok about what is permissible and what is not permissible in regard to threats, or perceived threats to individuals.
Two articles came to my attention within a 24-hour period and the hypocrisy is so blatant that one has to wonder what the left is thinking, if in fact, that’s what they’re doing.
Are they so immobilized that they can’t see the forest for the trees? Read for yourself and YOU decide!
First, I read about a Facebook page that had been put up with the heading, “Kill Mitt Romney”.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Not only that, but the FB team actually continued to approve the page despite many complaints being filed.
Following is the impersonal blanket statement given by Facebook in regards to a complaint one of my friends filed:
Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
Learn more about what we do and don’t allow by reviewing the Facebook Community Standards:https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.
Give us feedback to let us know how we are doing.”
Apparently the only reason Facebook decided to pull the page was due to the overwhelming response from the public.
Why a page titled “Kill Mitt Romney” could be created in the first place is the bigger question—much less the fact that 30 or so people clicked “Like” on the page.
And why wasn’t anyone arrested and charged with a crime, either the person/people who put up the page, the ones who clicked “like”, and Facebook itself?
Another “double standard” article I recently read was about a Junior High School social studies teacher and what happened to him when he taught his students about political cartoons.
In my career as a teacher, I have also taught social studies and encouraged my students to create their own political cartoons. It is part of the system here in the United States and they are generally always controversial.
Robert Duncan from Slidell, Louisiana taught school for 13 years. According to Duncan, the assignment was for students to draw a political cartoon either for or against Obama.
One of the students drew a picture of Obama with a “bullet hold in his temple” and another implied that it was “Obama hunting season”.
Almost immediately, one of the parents snapped photos of the cartoons and sent them to the media. According to Duncan’s attorney, “that’s when the firestorm began.”
The Secret Service was sent to the home of two of the boys to talk “ensure the safety of Obama.”
And the teacher, Robert Duncan, lost his job.
My question is: Where was the outrage over the Facebook page with people threatening to kill Mitt Romney? Where was the Secret Service to question the guilty individuals in order to protect the Republican candidate?
While I don’t agree with the threat of killing anyone, the disparity between the two incidents is glaringly intolerant and yet another example of how the present administration operates.
My solution: vote for REAL change in November!