Show me where I made a strawman of your opinion. In other words, you are whining about the ridiculous comments of people in other forums? It isn't very difficult to find totally inane comments about any topic. Just read the comments of a typical youtube video. I did "attack the substance". Obama is no more a "socialist" than you are. That is a terrible article! Most of the examples are really bad. Bill Maher? A comedian? Do you deny that many of the Tea Partyers are violent individuals who have made threats against numerous politicians? That the hatred, bigotry and fearmongering in this country hasn't gotten completely out of hand, largely inspired by nuts such as Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck? Or is it your contention that all the threads in this forum about their frequent lies, deliberate distortions, and hate-filled bigoted rhetoric are based on remarks taken out of context? You mean the final compromise legislation due to the Republican opposition? So there's a few Democrats in Congress who make irresponsible remarks? How many Republicans are there who have made completely absurd statements, such as that Obama is a "socialist"? Or that the Democrats are proposing "death squads" as part of their healthcare plan? I was specifically referring to Congressmen and the media, not some nut who styles himself to be a "liberal". So what does that have to do with anything you mentioned previously? Granted, there are those on the "left" who have made some stupid remarks in the past. And they are just as much to blame for the current climate of fear, bigotry, and hatred as some Republicans are. But that is hardly a rationalization for organizations such as Fox News to do so on a regular basis. I also think this is a far greater problem with the far-right than it is of the "left" because it is far more widespread. It even seems to be an inherent element of the Tea Party. And I think the people who claim that we will have more acts such as this in the future if we don't make concerted efforts to stop it are correct in their assessment. Far too many people believe everything they see and hear on TV with which they happen to agree.