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Health Reform Threats

Posted in Politics by Michael LaBossiere on March 26, 2010

Ironically, the passage of the health care bill seems to have put some politicians’ health in danger. To be specific, numerous Democrats and some Republicans have been subject to threats and vandalism. As of yet, there have been no actual acts of violence against these people.

While people often get rather fired up about politics, the health care bill has generated an unusually extreme response. It is, of course, natural to wonder why.

The easy answer is that people are angry about the matter and angry people sometimes make rather poor decisions. This, of course, raises the question as to why people are so angry.

Some folks would claim that the anger at health care reform is a natural anger arising out of the people. While that might be true in some cases, it seems more likely that the anger has been created and stoked. In any case, it is clear that many politicians and pundits have been quite active in attempting to do just that. After all, folks have been tossing out phrases like “nuclear option”, “baby killer”, and so on that are clearly calculated to incite. Also, the matter has been cast as an epic struggle between what seems to be the side of good and the side of ultimate evil (which is which depends on your political leaning). There have even been calls to¬†eradicate the opposition, which is certainly an extreme position to take.

Naturally, the politicians have been quick to say that they do not condone violence or vandalism. However, such words mean little when they keep up the extreme rhetoric that no doubt helps incline people towards such actions.

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  1. P.E.N.Name said, on March 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    “As of yet, there have been no actual acts of violence against these people.”
    But honestly dont cha feel a leetle beet like a NASCAR fan? Dont cha feel the rush?

    • T. J. Babson said, on March 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      I guess bigotry is OK if it is directed against “politically approved” targets. Sigh.

      • P.E.N.Name said, on March 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm

        Satire. Sigh.

  2. magus71 said, on March 27, 2010 at 4:24 am

    We may be headed for another French Revolution, American style.

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