March 27, 2010

Tea party Threats: Dangerous?

As Obama starts his second year in office with a historic victory, those who were freaked out by him being there at all are getting EXTREMELY freaked out now, it would appear.

As the Democrats celebrate their landmark passage ofthe healthcare bill, there is an increasing pattern of violent threats and even vandalism from people who seem to be associated with the right wing "tea party" supporters.

The offices of several Democratic congresspeople have been vandalized, and many violent threats have been received by mail and phone. One New York Democrat even received a white substance in the mail, though it turned out not to be toxic.

Conservatives insist these incidents to not represent their true constituency, but many critics say they should be stronger in their condemnation of the behavior, and stop using rhetoric that could be seen as inciting aggressive anger.

The health care bill that was passed really isn't even all that extreme, though it provides affordable medical services to many more Americans and alters the insurance and health benefits to be fairer, it is far from revolutionary and really could and should have been more radical than it was. These right wingers should be happy that it's as watered down as it is. Speaking as a *real* left winger I'd have wanted the bill to go much further than this.

Tea party Threats: Dangerous?

"We the leaders of the Tea Party movement of Florida stand in stark opposition to any person using derogatory characterizations, threats of violence or disparaging terms towards members of Congress or the President," wrote Tea Party leaders. Reports of new threats continue to emerge, after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Wednesday that more than 10 lawmakers have been harassed in some wa

Tea party Threats: Dangerous?

Posted at March 27, 2010 4:49 AM