The Right Wing Uses Violence to Oppose Health Care Reform
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Ten members of the House have asked for security protection after passage of the health care overhaul, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said today. Several incidents of smashed windows and death threats have been aimed at Democrats who supported the bill, he said.
- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Today, FBI and local authorities were investigating a severed gas line at the house of Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother. The Charlottesville Daily Progress reported that Tea Party activists posted the address online “so opponents could ’drop by’ and ‘express their thanks’ for Perriello’s vote in favor of health care reform.” But the threat wasn’t as dire as it first sounded: the gas line apparently connected a propane tank to a gas grill on a screened-in porch.
Another blog, “Sipsey Street Irregulars”, encouraged activists angry with the law to throw bricks through office windows of lawmakers who voted for the legislation – comparing it to actions taken against the British during the Revolutionary War.
Windows were smashed this week at district offices of Reps. Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.) and Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.).
Democrats were furious. “House Republicans and right wing extremists have taken losing ugly to a whole new level,” said Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The American people are seeing exactly the type of despicable behavior from House Republicans and the far Right that turns off independents and just about everyone else.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio urged those angry with the health bill to focus their energy elsewhere. He said in a statement that “violence and threats are unacceptable. That’s not the American way. We need to take that anger and channel it into positive change.”
In an interview on Fox News this afternoon, he explained that “postive change”: “Yes I know there’s anger, but let’s take that anger and go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, and let’s do it the right way.”