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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Meet the Republican Base: yet another in a series
Posted by Jill | 7:44 PM
At what point does the media and the Republican leadership start telling these people that this is unacceptable:
Reps. Louise Slaughter and Bart Stupak have received death threats.

A tea party participant published what he thought was Rep. Thomas Perriello’s home address and urged disgruntled voters to “drop by” for a “good face-to-face chat.”

Vandals broke windows at Slaughter’s office in New York and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s office in Arizona.

And angry voters are planning to protest this weekend at the home of Steve Driehaus — who’s already seen a photograph of his children used in a newspaper ad published by reform opponents.

The vitriolic health care debate has become personal — too personal, say House Democrats who voted for the bill and now find not just themselves but their families in the cross hairs of opponents.

Slaughter, a Democrat who chairs the House Rules Committee, said a caller to her office last week vowed to send snipers to “kill the children of the members who voted yes.” Her office reported the call to police, who were dispatched to provide protection for Slaughter’s grandchildren. She has also been in touch with the FBI and U.S. Postal Service inspectors, who intercepted a letter en route to her home in upstate New York.

Stupak, the Michigan Democrat whose last-minute compromise on abortion guaranteed passage of the bill Sunday, said callers have left messages for him saying, “You’re dead; we know where you live; we’ll get you.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34907.html#ixzz0j8oqoLrM

I really resent these people putting me in a position where I have to defend Bart Stupak. But all kidding aside, what is it going to take for this kind of behavior to be branded as what it is -- terrorist threats and thuggery -- instead of "A grassroots movement of people being heard." Is a Congressperson, or a member of their family, or God forbid the President himself, going to have to be lying in a pool of blood before someone finally says "Enough!"?

No one is trying to take away anyone's free speech rights. But when people are afraid for their safety in their own homes, the only word for these tactics is TERRORISM.

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