Keep it Classy, GOP

I suppose that after all the hysteria from the right over health care, we should not be surprised that many Democratic members of Congress have received death threats and had their offices vandalized.  Are Republican lawmakers and media talking heads responsible?  No.  Do they bear some responsibility?  You bet.  When you go about whipping your followers into a frenzy over mythical "socialist takeovers" "death panels" and "Armageddon" is it any wonder that the less mentally stable of these rubes are going to take stupid, violent action.  It's also a nice rebuttal to the "both parties do it" nonsense people are always throwing about.  It's not like it was attack of the liberals after Bush's tax cuts.  The Huffington Post has assembled some of the more over-the-top quotes complete with video.  I also really like this compilation of Republican quotes on major legislation from the past.  Needless to say, somehow America remained a democracy even with Bill Clinton's budget!  Of course, nothing beats Ronald Reagan's doom-saying on Medicare: ""[I]f you don't [stop Medicare] and I don't do it, one of these days you
and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our
children's children what it once was like in America when men were
free."  You'd think people would stop believing the ridiculous Republican rhetoric on this stuff.  Well, at least the smarter people, do.  Unfortunately, this time the dumbest have turned violent. 

 

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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