What the hell is going on in this country? Comparing Obama to Hitler? Attacking disabled ministers?
Glenn Beck, Americans for Prosperity and other conservatives who are encouraging these violent protests at health care reform town hall meetings should be ashamed of themselves. The situation seems to be spinning out of control, and only a thin veneer of media complacency (or in some cases, complicity) is keeping the truth of what’s happening out of American living rooms. It is political violence of the kind Americans regularly condemn when it occurs in other places around the world. And it is very, very serious.
Particularly chilling is the level of rage being expressed over an issue like health care, which one would not think likely to provoke people to physically attack one another. To us this is a sign that at least some of these protesters are willing to become violent over just about any issue they’re pointed at. However relatively few in number, any group of people so disposed who manage to disrupt en masse public events around the country, as we’ve seen in the last few days, should be viewed as an truly ominous development.
Check the video below, which shows more teabaggers converging on health care reform town hall meetings last Thursday in Tampa, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri. In St. Louis, a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a disabled minister and a staffer for the labor union SEIU were attacked by protesters, who were then arrested.
Where does this end, folks? And will it still look like America when we get there?