>It was on our local news today and in the morning paper; members of Congress being threatened after voting to pass the health insurance reform bill Sunday night.
My congressional representative, a doctor, was victimized by a threat and one of the clinics that still carries his trademark had the word “kill” painted over his name. Another Wisconsin representative received death threats at his office in Washington.
Worst of all, the president was threatened through a Twitter exchange.
People, when will this end? Whatever happened to respecting the office, if not the officeholder? Whatever happened to respecting the dignity of the House?
Freedom of speech has its limits. Vandalism, threats of bodily harm or death, discussing assassination of the elected leader of the free world — all are WRONG. Clearly and simply wrong. Spreading hatred, encouraging violence, pumping up the anger levels of an already-conflicted world: not only wrong, but also dangerous.
Someone, somewhere, somehow will take this too far. And then? Irony of ironies, that person will end up in prison – losing their right to vote, and gaining free health care sponsored by the taxpayers of the good old U.S.A.
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But isn’t that where we started?