Things are getting out of hand. The absurd disruptions at townhalls will backfire as people realize they are manufactured, and that the bills in question will help most Americans. But TPM reports Congressman Brad Miller’s life was threatened in a call from a constituent:
“[W]e have received a threatening phone call in the D.C. office, there have been calls to the Raleigh office,” said Miller communications director LuAnn Canipe, in an interview with TPM. The threatening call in question happened earlier this week.
“The call to the D.C. office was, ‘Miller could lose his life over this,’ ” said Canipe. “Our staffer took it so seriously, he confirmed what the guy was saying. He said, ‘Sir is that a threat?’ and at that time our staffer was getting the phone number off caller ID and turning it over to the Capitol Police.”
There’s no place for this. During the presidential campaign, John McCain was a big enough man to tamp down the eliminationist rhetoric of his supporters. Which Republicans will prove that they value civil discourse today? (No, I don’t think Glenn Beck counts.)
Not the Kansas Republican Party, which is endorsing the staged disruptions of townhall meetings with members of congress.
At one such event, an unnamed Democratic member of Congress was physically assaulted. At others, members have had to be escorted to safety by local police. Senator Dodd was urged to commit suicide by yet another anti-healthcare activist.
It’s certainly fair for Republicans to argue against a bill they don’t like. I’d rather they didn’t make things up to justify their arguments, but it is simply not acceptable for them to resort to violence or threats of violence. Enough is enough.