Political violence in the US

29 Mar

Political violence in the US quickly escalating since the passage of health care reform. People have been shattering windows, ramming cars, sending powder laced letters to representatives, even cutting gas lines! Meanwhile, politicians offer half hearted, limp wristed calls to stop the violence.

(The above incidents were all targeted at democrats, but apparently some thought it would be a good idea to do the same thing against republicans in Albemarle County…..)

All this violence is really quite disgusting. People don’t get their way, and instead of working to change things in the next election, they take to sending representatives death threats and vandalizing property. People on both sides need to calm down; this is not some banana republic, it’s the United States. I’m afraid that if things keep going the way they are now, people are going to start shooting.

Terrorism: -noun the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious

2 Responses to “Political violence in the US”

  1. Oddysey March 29, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Are people somehow surprised that Democrats passed the bill that they made a centerpiece of the last campaign?

    I worry that things are going to get worse before they get better. We are, after all, going through a “crisis.” This kind of existential threat happens once every four generations or thereabouts, considering that the echo of the “Greatest Generation” that fought World War II has just reached voting age, we’re about due for the next one.

  2. Brian March 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Well, it is kinda the first promise Obama has kept. 😉

    Ok, cheap shots aside, people are pissed that they are being ignored. They feel the government is out of control. Both sides are absolutely certain the other is stealing votes. This is unsustainable. Democracy only works if people trust the voting mechanisms. Once that breaks down, the only option for making your voice heard is anarchy.

    If there isn’t a concerted effort to address all the issues in our voting system, this is only going to get worse.

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