Originally Posted by rivethead
I think the issue here is a consistent response to any perceived potential threat. If they "google it" or dismiss it after reading a transcript without personally checking out the individual who made the statements, it sets a precedent. So the next moron who says he wants to go to DC and "whoop Obama's ass" gets to point at the Volkmann case and cry discrimination when they check him out...and if they don't check him out, there is another dumbfuck down the corner somewhere who is going to say something worse. It's a consistent policy, a line needs to be established and followed.
The thing that makes this different than any "moron" making a threat to the president is his profile. Lets say Ray Lewis (NFL linebacker, in case anyone isn't aware) says he'd like to lay an open-field hit on Obama because he doesn't agree with his health-care plan. Will the Secret Service show up at his door? no. Should they? I don't know. I don't necessarily have a problem with the Secret Service looking into this, it's just that the whole situation is pretty absurd since it is fairly obvious that Jacob Volkmann does not actually
intend to engage in a fist fight with the President of the United States. But I agree in that he is a complete idiot for thinking that that is something logical to say in a post-fight interview.