Right-Wingers Celebrate Increase in Bicycle Accidents
A few days ago my 13-year old son excitedly showed me the new bumpersticker he got for this bike. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a picture of Barack Obama with the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“believe,Ã¢â‚¬Â designed to stick in the spokes. Cool!
A few days later I read in my local alternative weekly here in Minneapolis that a local right wing website announced that an increase in bike deaths on the streets might mean fewer Obama voters come election day. Cruel!
A bad joke, I thought, until I looked up the blog and saw that it was illustrated with photos of cars plowing into and presumably killing a group of bicyclists. The photos look authentic (even if they were faked), which makes this more than a sick joke. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s almost a provocation for motorists to mow down bicyclists, since they are a no-good bunch of liberals anyway.
Thinking about this, on top of the shouts of "Kill Obama" and "Off with his head" heard at recent Sarah Palin rallies, worries me. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an element in American society -- even here in Minnesota, which has the longest record of voting Democratic for president of any state -- that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem to accept most of their fellow citizens no longer share their right-wing views. And perhaps never did.
What will they do if Obama wins on November 4? I hope that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing more than mean-spirited humor.
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