In the wake of the passage of a Healthcare Reform Law and my arrival back to the States after Brazil, I was welcomed with vitriolic editorial commentary by some of my conservative friends. An example: "Welcome back to a country that is now half what it was when you left". Of course things were worse in Washington.
Those who know me, know that I'm all for open-minded, civil debate and willingness to agree to disagree. But when civil disobedience turns ugly... it is embarrassing and should be a disappointment to all of us. See the commentary below and act as you see fit. Thanks.
Last weekend, anti-health care protesters were out in force in Washington--and the behavior of too many was deeply disturbing.
They shouted racist and homophobic epithets at lawmakers. And since the vote, Democrats who voted for the legislation have received death threats, their offices have been vandalized, and a gas line was cut at a house that tea parties mistakenly believed belonged to Rep. Tom Perriello.
Republican leaders continue to embrace the tea parties, though, and aren't publicly condemning the hate and violence--instead treating these events as "isolated incidents."
I just added my name to a letter to the leaders of the Republican Party telling them that they need to unequivocally condemn the bigotry and violence immediately. Will you join me?
References = Visible links. http://pol.moveon.org/condemnhate/?r_by=19569-7104793- Aw4GCtx&rc=mailto