Legitimate political figures — men and women who should know better — have fed the notion that this White House just isn’t great at creating jobs, but is actually un-American and illegitimate. It’s not enough to disagree with Obama on social issues or budget policy; national Republicans have chosen to encourage the notion that Obama is a Manchurian actively working to undermine the country he leads. The results, in a country that clings to semi-automatic weaponry as a birthright, have been predictable. The Second Amendment speaks to the necessity of “a well regulated militia,” but sops to conspiratorially minded Americans have invited a spike in radical anti-government groups.
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