White extremists, angry at the passage of health care reform, are mobilizing to punish the Godless Democratic lawmakers who are responsible for the coming of Armageddon. The FBI is involved after a series of death threats. Here are some highlights.
Right-wing nutjobs have graduated from simply yelling racial and homophobic slurs at Democratic lawmakers, to direct action. Bricks have been thrown through windows of several Democratic Party offices, some with Barry Goldwater (?!) quotes attached.
Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello's brother had the gas line to his home severed after Tea Partiers posted the wrong address on the internet. They were encouraging people to visit Perriello and "express their thanks," for his ‘yes' vote. The AP spoke with one of the organizers:
Nigel Coleman, chairman of the Danville Tea Party, said he re-posted the comment that originated on another conservative blog, including the address, Monday on his Facebook page. The posts were taken down after the mistake was discovered.
"We've never been associated with any violence or any vandalism," he said. "We're definitely sorry that we posted the incorrect address."
Representative Bart "Baby Killer" Stupak received a voicemail that said:
I hope you bleed ... (get) cancer and die."
And then he got a fax that read:
All Baby Killers come to unseemly ends Either by the hand of man or by the hand of God."
Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan found a coffin on his lawn. And these are just a few of the incidents so far. But hey, this is just freedom of expression, the way the Founding Fathers intended!
Republican John Boehner has denounced the threats and violence, but Democrats are demanding that he come out stronger in his condemnation of the wackos in his own party.
Earlier this week, Times columnist Bob Herbert offered this analysis:
The toxic clouds that are the inevitable result of the fear and the bitter conflicts so relentlessly stoked by the Republican Party - think blacks against whites, gays versus straights, and a whole range of folks against immigrants - tend to obscure the tremendous damage that the party's policies have inflicted on the country."
Talking Points Memo is keeping a pin-map of the attacks and serious threats that have happened so far across the country. Sadly, it is bound to grow.
Finally, here is a Drudge headline and a subtle advertisement encouraging people to let Nancy Pelosi know how they really feel.
[Image via, Drudge]