South Carolina Columnist: Obama Should Skip Civil War Ceremony, or Risk Assassination
Will Moredock, a columnist for the Charleston City Paper in South Carolina, has issued a “sincere plea” for President Barack Obama to stay in Washington, DC this April 12. That’s the day the President is scheduled to appear at an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the attack on Ft. Sumter, which marked the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. His plea came on January 5, days before the tragic attempt on US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ life, a shooting rampage that left six dead and 14 wounded.
Moredock believes that the President’s life could be in danger if he appears in Charleston. “I will be blunt,” he wrote, “I think the President might be in danger if he came to this historically loaded city on that emotionally loaded date. I am confident his security team could protect him from almost any eventuality, but I see no point in inviting an “incident” that would embarrass the state and haunt the city for years to come.”
Moredock asserts “anger and the threat of violence have been the primary political motivators in South Carolina for two centuries” and “April 12, 2011 will be fraught with meaning– too much meaning for some, I fear. The image of a black president from a Northern state gazing out over Fort Sumter and delivering an elegy to Abraham Lincoln might be too much for some susceptible minds to endure.”
He concludes: “Charleston is famous for its courtesy and its hospitality. But history shows that it takes only one misguided person with a gun to ruin the day for the whole country. I suspect there are many misguided people in Charleston and in South Carolina. I know there are many guns. For that reason, I make this sincere plea to President Obama: You will have other opportunities to visit the Holy City. Please stay away on April 12.”
A hostile climate was cited as the reason First Lady Michelle Obama canceled a planned visit to South Carolina last year. And earlier today, Moral Low Ground reported on a South Carolina gun maker who was selling assault rifle parts engraved with an anti-Obama quote, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson’s infamous “YOU LIE” outburst during the President’s 2009 health care reform address to Congress. Wilson, by the way, is from South Carolina too.