We have seen an historic event happen this week, the victory for all of us with the passing of the Health Care Reform over the weekend.
However, apparently this was not something that some of the citizens of this land were excited about.
In fact, they were so not happy about it that they have determined that they have the right to threaten those that voted for it…not only threaten, there have evidently been acts of violence against some!
Really people, can you not be more constructive that that?
Who knew that writing a letter intelligently expressing ones disagreement and dissatisfaction was passé?
I confess that I was shocked to listen to story after story yesterday about people calling members of congress and leaving threatening messages. Why some even went so far as to throw bricks through congressional office windows or, in one case, a displeased constituent used a pellet gun to shoot out the windows of one office!
I sure hope that Health Care Reform covers psychological treatment because it is extremely apparent to me that there is a large faction of people in dire need of some anger management therapy!
Our constitution gives us the freedom to express our opinion openly, however I do not believe it gives us the right to threaten another because we disagree with them.
Tea Party Conservatives seem to be calling for more of this kind of behavior, from Sarah Palin’s tweet to her followers saying, “don’t retreat reload,” the one sided view of Fox News, and even John McCain’s belief that this is not the will of the people as evidenced by his commentary made on the House floor earlier this week. McCain has surely thrown down the gauntlet with his statement “There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year…They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it” does nothing but encourage more bad behavior.
All this uproar over Health Care Reform that will provide improvements for all the citizens of this land, as President Obama said yesterday in Iowa, the Apocalypse is not coming.
However, if you do disagree with the passing of this bill, there is a much more productive way to express your dissatisfaction, and it does not include violence. Try starting a reasonable dialog – you might even get others to listen!
**Edited to add Mr. Rush Limbaugh’s two-cents…”We need to defeat these bastards. We need to wipe them out.”
Yeah, now is it any wonder that poor behavior is more than being encouraged??
How do you reason with the unreasonable?