Ohhh, Lord…who is THIS dashing lad in the Navy jacket? Could it be a young Rock Hudson?
Noooo. Actually (below that faintly written “To Mom” in the upper-left hand corner) is David Marsters, about 10 years before he became a police officer in Massachusetts. That was also about 30-odd years before he retired, and 45 years before he posted this on his Facebook page, above a picture of President Obama:
“Shoot the N***r.”
That not quite a lateral move from “To Mom.”
Obviously, just from his time in the military and police force, Marsters knows that the First Amendment doesn’t protect threats against the president. Or, he certainly did after the Sabattus, Maine police department reported it to the White House, and the Secret Service black-bagged his ass like he was Fidel Castro.
Okay, it didn’t quite happen that way, but you can bet the Secret Service didn’t offer Marsters French Roast while they grilled him on his history, whether or not he owned guns, the names of all his family members, and why he said it. Apparently, unaware that threatening the president is a low-level felony, Marsters himself had already answered that question in his Facebook thread:
“He is not a legal president,” Marsters wrote in response to one person who mentioned that this was not protected free speech. Of course, that was after Marsters asked the respondent if he was “a Democrat,” as though that had some bearing on whether or not Obama was a “legal president.”
According to Sabattus Town Manager, Andrew Gilmore:
“If these statements were indeed made by Mr. Marsters and that is proven during this investigation, I need to clearly state that I am deeply concerned, appalled and, frankly, dumbfounded as to why he or anyone would declare such a thing, let alone print it for the world to see.
“In three words, this statement incites violence to the level of murder, advocates for the assassination of a United States president and uses what is likely the most deplorable racial slur in American history.”
And it gets better…Marsters was sincerely planning a run for office in Sabattus, though he had yet to turn in the signatures required to get his name on the ballot.
Still think Donald Trump’s birther insanity is just a harmless freak show? I mean, if that young Rock Hudson hadn’t opened his mouth, we might have had not just another birther in office, but a public supporter of race-based assassination.
Oh, Rock…what would Mom say?
Well, fortunately, that didn’t happen because Marster’s Mom apparently taught him when it was time to shut his mouth unless it was to say “I’m Sorry.” Marsters told the seven cat ladies listening to WBZ NewsRadio 1030:
“I regret saying it. I didn’t mean anything by it to hurt anybody. I apologize to the whole nation.”
According to Marsters, he was just frustrated by the way the country’s being run, and went on Facebook to vent. And if his completely logical critique of parliamentary procedure happened to have come out, “Shoot the N**ger”…
Mama clearly wasn’t an English teacher.