Do I condemn the actions of and deplore those who carry out or make threats of violence against legislators who supported the just-passed health care plan? Absolutely.
Keeping this in mind...and following the complaints about the erosion of civivility in politics from those of that side of the aisle...I say it's disingenous at best for the Democratic Party, particularly those of progressive identity, to raise that big of a ruckus considering that for the past forty-plus years influential members have praised the efforts that they deemed helped end the Vietman War, which often included violence against "the Establishment"; when street violence was part-and-parcel of the struggle that successfully blocked development by the University of California of the People's Park lot; when in the early seventies it was proof of your liberal credentials to support the Black Panther Party and give generously to the legal funds of those on trial for terrorist acts; when the action that now draws criticism from the left--shouting down speakers at public meetings, or getting the organizers to disinvite them--was born at U.C. Berkeley in the late 1970s.
As far as I'm concerned, those who sowed the wind can reap the whirlwind.
Edited by Batrochides, 28 March 2010 - 05:54 PM.