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Condemning Threats, Condemning Assumptions

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By Doug Powers  •  March 24, 2010 11:53 PM

Not long ago, I saw this on Drudge:

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Naturally curious to see what kind of physical violence people like me might be capable of, I clicked the link:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is warning that some of his Democratic colleagues are being threatened with violence when they go back to their districts — and he wants Republicans to stand up and condemn the threats.

The Maryland Democrat said more than 10 House Democrats have reported incidents of threats or other forms of harassment about their support of the highly divisive health insurance overhaul vote. Hoyer emphasized that he didn’t have a specific number of threats and that was just an estimate.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Capitol Police and sergeant at arms briefed Democrats behind closed doors today about the incidents of violence — the most high profile of which have been toward Democratic Reps. Thomas Perriello of Virginia, Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Louise Slaughter of New York.

Hoyer hinted that Republicans should do more to condemn these threats of violence.

The fact that plenty of Republicans get threats every day and nobody says a thing notwithstanding, taking Hoyer’s words at face value, as a conservative Republican, I condemn real threats of violence almost as much as I condemn desperate claims that are manufactured in a cheap attempts to further broken agendas. That said, I’d like Rep. Hoyer and people of all political stripes to condemn the assumption that any physical threats of retribution over the health care bill are coming from Republicans.

Sure, maybe some of us owe Steny an apology for over-reacting to the completely unfounded fear that thousands of IRS agents may soon be monitoring our blood pressure, collecting urine samples and making sure we haven’t kicked our 25-year-old kids out of our basements and off our insurance doles — but, as sure as Bart Stupak’s already secretly working on his concession speech, I know this bothers more than just Republicans.

Steny’s been busy serving the constitution the way a dog serves a fire hydrant, so maybe he hasn’t had time to notice, but a solid majority of the country is against this bill that recently passed through the Senate and House, and is in the process of passing through America like shards of glass through the bowels of a hemophiliac. Hoyer may not have taken the time to consider that Americans are incensed by the passage of this bill, and as such there’s a slight chance that non-Republicans are less than happy too.

For example, there’s a group of people in this country who are furious at Stupak for fronting the group of Reps who are responsible for the elimination of public funding for abortion (albeit temporarily via an executive order that could be rescinded by the time I finish writing this sentence), and, rest assured, most of those people are not Republicans.

The public’s affection for Congress is hovering just below “genital herpes” on the approval chart. You can’t get a number that low without bipartisan disdain. Maybe there are many Democrats around the country who are angry with Democrats in DC. After all, Scott Brown wasn’t elected because of any historical Republican domination of Massachusetts politics.

Most Republicans, and others who are tired of watching their country being stolen, are looking forward to this year’s elections the way Nancy Pelosi anticipates “double coupon day” at the Nip/Tuck clinic.

Republicans don’t need physical violence — we’ve got November 2nd, and subsequently the possible repeal of Obamacare. Of course, as Steny might say, that’s an unspecified number of threats and just an estimate, but it’s the best I can do.

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