Well, they did it. The health care bill passed and has been signed into law by President Obama. The new law has sparked outrage across the country and has prompted angry citizens to act in violence against law makers who supported the bill. CNN reported this week that both Democrat and Republican leaders have been receiving threatening emails and phone calls while other politicians have had their windows smashed and offices shot at. Of course in the typical fashion CNN blames these actions on the re-invigorated militia movement comparing these actions to those of Timothy McVeigh. Democrats are blaming these actions on remarks Republican leaders have made, saying they incite violence by their non-support of the health care bill.
Sarah Palin posted a pic on her Facebook page showing cross hairs over the districts of Democrats who voted for health care reform in districts that Republicans carried along with the quote “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!”
Today CNN reported that “Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Thursday that a bullet had been fired through a window at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia.” The article goes on to say:
Windows have been smashed at Democratic offices in at least three states, and federal agents are investigating whether a cut gas line at the home of a Virginia congressman’s brother was related to the lawmaker’s yes vote.
Democratic congressional leaders have demanded Republicans join them in condemning a spate of threats and vandalism that has followed Sunday’s vote on a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system.
The FBI is now looking into the threats, and at least 10 House Democrats have been given extra security.
The threats are especially vicious for Michigan’s Bart Stupak, who switched his vote to seal the deal for the bill. He has released a threatening voice mail that he received.
“Stupak, you are a lowlife, baby-murdering scumbag, pile of steaming crap. You’re a cowardly punk, Stupak, that’s what you are. You and your family are scum,” an unidentified caller said. “That’s what you are, Stupak. You are a piece of crap.”
“Go to hell, you piece of [expletive deleted]” another called said.
So, who is really to blame here? While the media and the two political parties spend their valuable time pointing fingers at each other and the American people nobody is addressing the reality of the situation which is that the health care bill was unpopular and Americans were against it. In fact a new Rasmussen Poll shows that “Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters favor their state suing the federal government to fight the requirement in the new national health care plan that every American must obtain health insurance. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.”
What happens when unpopular legislation is forced upon an unwilling public? The public gets angry and acts out their frustrations. This has been the reality of American politics for the last 200 years. Lawmakers would like you to think that the threats against politicians who voted for the bill are emanating from crazy citizens being prompted by harsh words by opposing politicians when this is merely a smoke screen to hide the fact that the people wouldn’t act in violence against the government if the government truly reflected the will of the people.
In an effort to bring calm to the chaos the media will attempt to convince you that the Americans acting out against this legislation are “extremists” or “domestic terrorists” hoping to curb any further dissent but this will not work because the people know better. In the near future be on the look out for more acts of violence and more talk of domestic terrorism by the mainstream media because if you’re against the health care bill you must be Timothy McVeigh.