We figured that with the House health care vote behind them, Teabaggers and Republicans would get back to their normal lives of consuming ridiculous amounts of corn syrup and fondling Congressional pages.
We were wrong.
Turns out after a weekend of being egged on by Republican members of Congress — a weekend of racist and homophobic slurs — it’s tough to just go back to being a law-abiding Fat American. So now we see the aftershocks of Sarah Palin’s death panel lies, the aftershocks of Glenn Beck’s insane ranting, and the aftershocks of misinformation about rationing and skyrocketing premiums: violence and vandalism.
Democratic offices in at least three states have reported instances of vandalism that party members say possibly were tied to Sunday’s historic vote on health care reform. Early Monday morning, a glass panel at the Tucson office of U.S. Rep. Gabrille Giffords, D-Arizona, was shattered, spokesman C.J. Karamargin told CNN.
In upstate New York, two similar incidents were also reported before Sunday night’s vote, according to CNN affiliate WHEC. A brick was thrown through the window of the Monroe County Democratic Committee headquarters in Rochester, and another was tossed through a window of Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter’s office in Niagara Falls early Friday. WHEC reported that a note attached to the brick in the Monroe County office read “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” – a quote delivered in an acceptance speech by Republican president candidate Barry Goldwater at the 1964 GOP convention.
Slaughter told WHEC that her offices have received threatening phone calls recently.
Another incident was reported earlier in the weekend by the Sedgwick County Democratic Party in Kansas. Party Executive Director Lyndsey Stauble told CNN that a brick with anti-Obama and anti-health care messages was thrown at the headquarters sometime late Friday or early Saturday. Nothing was taken, and nobody was injured, she said, adding that a bakery next door called police.
On that last one, we might be willing to give the Teabaggers a pass because, hey, maybe they were aiming for the bakery and just wanted some delicious donuts. But then there’s that anti-Obama and anti-health care message. What to make of that…
Blogger Michael B. Vanderboegh of Pinson, Alabama, told CNN Monday that in a Friday blog – which he says was posted after the incident at Slaughter’s office – he called for people to break windows at Democratic headquarters at the city and county level. He said he didn’t call for the damages to congressional offices because, “I didn’t want to be responsible for anybody breaking a federal law.”
Oh right, but a state law? That’s fine. And vandalism in general? Hey, no big deal, it’s not like we’re a society of laws. See, here’s the thing, AGAIN: elections have consequences, and in November of 2008, the GOP lost. They lost in a horrible, unprecedented, stinging, overwhelming way. With that, Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress set out to do what Democrats since FDR had been trying to do — expand health care as near to universally as possible. This wasn’t new, it wasn’t a secret, and if Republicans had voted, it wouldn’t have happened. In terms that Republicans can understand: it’s like missing free pastry day at Starbucks. Yeah, it sucks when you find out you could’ve had free sugar, but maybe it just inspires you to get your fat ass moving next time.
However, “I can understand how someone can be frustrated enough to throw a brick through a congresswoman’s window,” Vanderboegh said.
Yeah, do you, you asshole? Is that what Jesus would’ve done? Is that what the founders intended? Did we miss the part of the Constitution where it says: “And if you don’t like a certain rightly-passed bill, revolt”? Did we miss the “Act like a cockface” provision of Article I?
He said he feels the health care bill is “unconstitutional and tyrannical.”
“My answer is violence, by getting their attention,” he said, adding, “If we can get across to the other side, that they are within inches of provoking a civil war in this country, then that’s a good thing.”
Well congratulations. You and your friends on Twitter are getting our attention! You’re also getting the attention of the Secret Service. Enjoy it!