The vicious threats of an acts of violence and the silence of the nation’s Republican leaders reminds me of the kind of hatred seen in the racism perpetrated by the likes of Sheriff Bull Connor, Lester Maddox and George Wallace in the 1950s and 1960s. A time when guns, dogs and firehouse were loosed on protesters, including children.
The dangerous and poisonous Sarah Palin has urged her followers to “reload” and has issued a map with 20 gun sights for each of the Democrats targeted this year by her political action committee. I’m waiting for her to urge her followers to don white sheets.
In addition to this, members of congress have received death threats because they voted for health care reform. Some are seen on posters with the image if gun sight crosshairs over their faces. While some members of congress are receiving extra protection Republican congressional leadership has remained silent, rather than urging their followers to calm down and handle things like, well, a democracy. Their silence is support for the violent behavior and threat of violent behavior.
The good Republicans in this country and all Americans should be horrified by this behavior. Palin should be criminally charged with incitement to riot.
I would bet that a thorough investigation of these activities would likely find big business in the person of health insurance companies and others doing the driving.