We read about political violence every single day in third world countries. One faction rises up when another one is elected into office or when an unpopular law is put on the books. We have gotten used to these reports and have even come to expect them from certain countries. Reporters expounding on death threats and images of bombed out buildings, broken windows and torched cars fill our television and computer screens on a very regular basis. We look at these images and think to ourselves that the perpetrators must be savages, utterly devoid of any ability to redress their grievances in a civil manner. Columnists then follow up in magazines all over the United States about how American citizens should look upon this behavior disapprovingly, and be thankful that our laws are not changed through violence, but through legislative process. We are, after all, a civilized people.
Then reality sets in, and we realize that some American Citizens are no better than the terrorists who we’ve come to despise so much. The House of Representatives passed a slightly altered health care “fixes” bill Thursday night, which completes the process and assures us that the comprehensive health care legislation is now the law of the land. While I do not agree with the opposing points of view, I have to give pause to those who expressed their displeasure within the bounds of the law. I might throw up a little in my mouth every time I hear Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh spout their “chicken little” diatribes about how the country is doomed to become a communist, godless nation of baby-eating heathens, but they do have a right to make total and complete fools of themselves.
A few days ago, when the actual bill was passed, some of our more illustrious citizens seemed to have forgotten that we are a nation of laws and resulted to acts of terrorism to make their point. Terrorism? Yes, terrorism. It is my opinion that when these people are caught, they should be treated no differently than any other terrorist.
Democratic lawmakers received death threats and have been the victims of vandalism because of their votes in favor of the health care bill. At least two Congressional district offices were vandalized and Representative Louise Slaughter got a voice mail threatening sniper attacks against lawmakers and their families. She also got a brick thrown through her office window. Representative Gabrielle Giffords reported that her Tucson office was vandalized after the vote.
Someone cut the propane lines at the home of the brother of Representative Tom Perriello. The Brother? Yeah, because the brother’s address was mistakenly listed on a Tea Party website as the congressman’s residence. Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the highest-ranking black lawmaker in the House, received an anonymous fax showing the image of a noose. A brick with the words, “No to Obama,” “No to Obomycare” was thrown through the window of the Sedgwick County Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita, Kan., late Friday or early Saturday. Glass doors at the Monroe County Democratic Committee in Rochester, N.Y., were also broken by a brick.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that people have yelled that Democratic lawmakers should be put on firing lines and posters have appeared with the faces of lawmakers in the cross hairs of a target. There has been a flood of obscenity and threat-filled phone and fax messages to the offices of Bart Stupak that contain such well wishes as, “I hope you bleed … (get) cancer and die” and “All Baby Killers come to unseemly ends Either by the hand of man or by the hand of God.”
The American Taliban strikes again. All you need to do is put these people in desert robes and slap a beard on their faces.
I am willing to bet that these are the very same people who staunchly support the death penalty without trial for terrorists and would be happy as a pig in shit if we leveled the entire mid-east (except Israel, of course) into a glass parking lot – women and children included. They probably don’t even realize that what they are doing is no different. Or maybe they do.
Terrorism is defined as the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. What these acts surmount to be is domestic terrorism. How many people who are in favor of the new health care legislation are now afraid to express their opinions, even in casual conversation, because they are in fear of their homes being firebombed or their lives and the lives of their families being threatened? These pigheaded, narrow-minded, fear-mongering and willfully ignorant douche bags have, through terrorism, damaged the right to the freedom of speech for many American Citizens. Shame on them.