More than 10 lawmakers have complained they've received threats since the run-up to Sunday's House vote on a health insurance overhaul, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday, and law enforcement officials are taking the allegations seriously.I understand the anger. I understand the frustration. But threatening these people and their families with bodily harm is wrong! We Americans don't resort to violence over a bad bill. We try to rectify the mistake and vote the scoundrels out of office!
Federal law enforcement officials are investigating at least two possible threats directed at members of Congress and their families that Democrats suggest are related to their vote for health care reform. Plus the office of Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich. -- who initially opposed the Senate's health bill over concerns about abortion funding but switched to support the plan following assurance from the White House -- has received several threatening messages, recordings of which have been obtained by Fox News.
"The incidents of threats whether in person or through telephones or through other communication devices, have given great concern to members, for the safety of themselves and their families," Hoyer told reporters.
"Clearly our democracy is about participation. Our democracy is about differing and debate, and animated debate and passionate debate -- but it is not about violence," he added. "It is about making sure that everybody in America feels free to express their opinion ... without subjecting themselves their family or others to behavior, and frankly criminal behavior, in some respects, that undermines our democracy."
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Yes we are angry. Yes we are saving our anger for election day in November. Yes we have written angry letters to our Representatives in Congress, the newspapers, tv news stations, on blogs, etc... But we as a group did not ever threaten their lives, nor did we ever use racial epitaphs such as calling members of the Black Caucus the "N" word.
Listen carefully. Did you hear the "N" word? No. I do believe this was just another attempt to label the tea party goers as racists. Just because a member of Congress says it happened doesn't make it true. Just as a Harvard professor shouting racist makes it so. The days of White Guilt are over. It has been 40 years of White Guilt that gave this country: Affirmative Action, Racial Quotas, etc... That was suppose to cure this nation of the sin of slavery, yet was not effective. Perhaps it is time we as a nation get rid of them. (Or is that being racist?)
It is wrong to threaten bodily harm on someone, especially an elected official. It is equally wrong to accuse a group of people of being racists and shouting racial names when video evidence shows that it never happened.