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Does a threat of violence undermine one's political stance or cause?

The pitched battle over health care has unleashed a rash of vandalism and attacks directed at politicians, with at least 10 House Democrats reporting death threats or incidents of harassment or vandalism at their district offices over the past week. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 25, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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They must be the Sarah Palin supporters. Her new show will help ease some tensions, now that they can Tivo her.

Perhaps Fixed News should ease up on the daily hate speech propaganda.
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Posted by: A-Voter | March 25, 2010 11:26 AM

Let me ask readers this: When they go to see a doctor, a teacher, a preacher, neighbor, or anyone else, do they want to encounter an angry, ill-informed, aggressive person, or would they rather speak with someone with a basic grasp of the situation, a reasonably calm demeanor, and an understanding of basic courtesy? Of course they do.

Then why have so many in the GOP and, for that matter, media been falling all over themselves to legitimize the angry, ignorant, sometimes racist sign-wavers and disruptors? Do we want a democracy or a brawl? Do we want the democratic process or the rewarding of tantrums and threats and bigotry?

The people voted. So did the Congress. The tea party crowd needs to be dressed down, and frequently, both by their opponents and allies. And a little hand from the media would not go amiss.

Posted by: AnotherHagman | March 25, 2010 11:41 AM

Posted by: wxdancer | March 25, 2010 11:45 AM

Everyone just assumes these things are done by someone from the right. Well, the liberal base isn't too happy with this bill either. The left will stop at nothing to discredit the conservative movement.

A broken window can be easily fixed so does not compare with our loss of freedom under the Obama regime. Men and women have given their lives for that freedom so crying about a couple of broken windows seems a little pathetic. What do you expect when something as unpopular as obamacare is passed under such corrupt methods.

Also, where were you whiners when liberals were protesting the Iraq war at dead soldiers funerals or openly calling for Bush's assasination? Huh? The liberal media is making this much bigger than it is. Could be the liberal media threw the bricks and made the threats to create news.

Posted by: lrvs | March 25, 2010 11:49 AM

There is only one cause behind all of hatred that is spewing from Republicans....it is "the hatred of Obama". It started the day Barack Obama became our President. They hate everything he says, thinks, does, or expects.

Leading the "hatred of Obama cause" is Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Sarah Palin. All of them are getting paid to demonize Barack Obama and further their cause of hatred of him and the hatred of the Democratic Party for putting the Republicans out of office.

I was a Republican for many many years, until 2003 under bush. I know how they operate, I remember only too well their hatred of Bill Clinton for winning in l992. I remember their hatred of Hillary Clinton,even to this day.

It is hard for me to believe or understand what has happened to our once great country. There are far too many Ugly Americans out there stalking the rest of us. It is sad.

Posted by: cashmere1 | March 25, 2010 11:55 AM

Sane folks don't condone this type of behavior, but it's quite understandable that a few (a very, very small fraction, I might add) will act out, given that Pelosi, Reid, and Obama decided long ago that their sophomoric, polarizing, defiant, "give 'em your middle finger" means to the end was a better strategy than mature, respectful compromise. That said, it still undermines the cause (particularly when the Mainstream Media continues to fan the flames of discontent).

Posted by: JAH3 | March 25, 2010 11:56 AM

Right, LRVS the violence is all from the left and/or liberal media - and Israel was responsible for the World Trade Center attacks, etc., etc.. And I couldn't agree more that passing legislation by majority vote in Congress is the height of corruption. Can you imagine anything more repressive?

I wonder, is there anything in the health care bill to help paranoid schizophrenics?

Posted by: wmw4 | March 25, 2010 12:01 PM

heck no, that's how we got this country started!

Posted by: millionea7 | March 25, 2010 12:02 PM

Osama Bin laden must be laughing his head off. Bush taking the bait hook line and sinker, and as a result, america headed towards civil war.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 25, 2010 12:03 PM

Just a little tidbit about our local teaparty that should make all the demoRats shake with anger, we have added over 500 new members in just two weeks and we started with just 5 members a year ago. We now number in the thousands and our fund raising is through the roof. Please keep bashing the tea party, your vitriole is helping us immensely, thanks!

Posted by: lrvs | March 25, 2010 12:05 PM

There are a lot of bitter people out there that cant understand that their view of things is the minority view.

I was just as upset as the next guy when we were railroaded into a meaningless, waste of time, unecessary war that was the worst thing we could have done.

But I never spat on a republican, never threw rocks at their offices, cut their gas lines or threatened them.

YOU ARE the minority folks. That's what happenen when more americans vote against your ways than they do for them.

We dealt with it when Cheney was wiping his rear end with OUR bill of rights and refering to the constitution as just "words on paper"

Where were ya then, brother?

Just take a massive chill pill, let your voting do the talking. Not some uninformed enraged violent act based on the lies you guys swallow up so foolishly and without question from the Limbaughs, Becks and Hannity's out there.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 25, 2010 12:13 PM

We need *evidence* of who made these reported threats. Without such evidence, how can anonymous statements undermine anyone?

Posted by: dsmith06 | March 25, 2010 12:24 PM

Some of us are old enough to remember when we were ordered not to wear our uniforms to and from base because of actual violent protesters...and I remember only 5 years ago having to avoid the Pentagon metro because people where throwing red paint and pigs blood. Was that violence? If so then the very mild things said to Stupak posted yesterday on WAPO's website isn't even threatening, heck, it wasn't as bad as what has been said on WAPO pages in recent days to either side.

I still need to ask--isn't there a tunnel between both congressional office bldgs and the actual Congress forums and the tunnels were there for both safety and swiftness to get to a vote....so why didn't they use the tunnels? Especially after the supposed incident? Was it an "attempt to incite?"

Posted by: mil1 | March 25, 2010 12:53 PM

In 99.99% of political battles, threats of violence only undermine one's position.

In that tiny fraction where they don't, that means there is already genuine war going on.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | March 26, 2010 11:39 AM

Everyone needs to tone down the rhetoric. Health care is going to benefit everyone and by passing the Bill, we have finally joined the community of advanced nations who care enough about their citizens to provide medical care for them. To act as if this is a crime is uncharitable.

There have always been right wing radicals in this country and there always will be. Average Americans can take heart in the fact that they (the right wing)always fade into the background, because they do not, nor will they ever, represent the will of the majority of the citizens of this country.

Posted by: junia | March 26, 2010 1:44 PM

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