Everyone is covering the House’s passage of the historic health care reform. We have communicated our thoughts in this blog and on our show. We respect you all have your own opinions, and we look forward to sharing them with you and learning from you.
Near the end of this process, a member of the Tea Party movement called legendary Civil Rights Activist and current Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina a “nigg—“. Another Democratic Congressman was spat on, and Rep. Barney Frank was called a “faggot” as he walked through the halls of Congress.
This in a year where Rep. Joe Wilson had his own moment of history, shouting “you lie” in the House Chamber, interrupting the President of the United States while he was speaking.
Following the health care vote, a Republican Member of Congress shouted “baby killer” on the floor of the House while Rep. Bart Stupak, a champion of the pro-life movement, was speaking.
We love a good argument. But this is getting out of hand. On every side. The ends don’t justify the means – if the goal is to pass a bill or to sink it – whether it’s health care, cap and trade, the jobs bill – there are ways to do this without escalating rhetoric to the point where we stand on the brink of violence. The Rhetoric of Division makes good politics, but it’s bad for our country; in fact, it is an insidious form of cancer. There is a difference between hateful, destructive rhetoric (there are reasons you’re not allowed to yell “fire” in a theater) and the coveted right to free speech. We don’t have to get into a Constitutional argument in defense of those who would seek to bring us down if our political leaders could some how find a better way to lift us up.
— Jeff Kimball