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The Right Wing Uses Violence to Oppose Health Care Reform

March 24, 2010

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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)
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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.”

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  1. Rick permalink
    March 25, 2010 1:22 pm

    Actions of violence are a left wing trademark. Look at the riots at the G-20 meeting in Pittsburg, the Canadian mob threatened to beat up Ann Coulter, the group in Oakland supporting the killing of police. It is natural for leftist to project their mindset on patriotic Americans who express outrage at the Marxist cancer that is eroding the soul of this great Country. God Bless the Tea Party!

  2. Anne permalink
    March 26, 2010 8:46 pm

    There HAVE been incidents of leftists behaving like hooligans, but there is far more on the right. Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Bachman, Palin, and Coulter have all been complicit by using intemperate language about people they disagree with, and this targeting of Democrats who voted for the health care reform is only the latest. It is not a coincidence that some of them have received threatening phone calls, or that things like a Representative’s brother having his gas line disconnected have occurred.

    Palin is not the only person to make incendiary remarks, but she is very much a part of all this. She is an airhead, and a dangerous one at that. Her ignorance, narcissism, and need for attention no matter how distasteful are a toxic combination that make her dangerous. And let’s not forget the Party of No, some of whose members have actually encouraged the worst behavior of the Teabaggers (Bachman, for one). With people like McCain–once a respected statesman, but now exposed as a sore loser–saying there will be no cooperation by the GOP, attitudes like his help to set the tone for the kind of toxic partisanship that emboldens the disrespect and enmity toward this president. That enmity and disrespect have in turn led to threats on Obama’s life, and now have extended to threatening those who voted for the bill. And I am sick and tired of people who try to paint us liberals as unpatriotic. There is no need to project on people who are actively engaging in hateful rhetoric as well as violent actionsl.

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