The lead editorial from today's Buffalo News Opinion page:
- Anger taken too far
One argument against the newly signed health care reform law was that it is an example of the Washington elites ignoring the will of the people.
But if "the people" are now engaging in acts of vandalism and threats of personal violence directed at members of Congress, then their will ought not only to be ignored, but condemned and, in some cases, prosecuted.
- Tactics signal a return to ugly Republicanism - Douglas Turner/The Buffalo News
So now the Republican theme is “repeal,” meaning trash the massive, confusing health insurance reform law just passed by paper-thin majorities in Congress.
There is no chance whatever the GOP can win repeal before 2013. The repeal theme will be sounded anyway to raise money, keep right-wing skinheads smashing windows and help entertainers like Rush Limbaugh rake it in.
- How to keep hate alive - Clarence Page/The Chicago Tribune/The Buffalo News
Racism doesn’t always come dressed in white sheets. Besides racial hate, there’s also the racism of irrational anger, fears, suspicions and resentments. Radio star Rush Limbaugh offers ample examples
- House of Anger - Timothy Egan/The New York Times
Unfairly or not, the defining images of opposition to health care reform may end up being those rage-filled partisans with spittle on their lips. Whether the outbursts came from inside Congress — the “baby killer” shout of Rep. Randy Neugebauer, and his colleagues who cheered on hecklers — or outside, where protesters hurled vile names against elected representatives, they are powerful and lasting scenes of a democracy gasping for dignity.
Now, ask yourself a question: can you imagine Ronald Reagan anywhere in those pictures? Or anywhere in those politics? Reagan was all about sunny optimism, and at times bipartisan bonhomie. In him, the American people saw their better half.
- The Rage Is Not About Health Care - Frank Rich/The New York Times
How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far.
- Government-hating tea-partiers love their government checks - Cynthia Tucker/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This is a great country, isn’t it? It’s a nation where libertarian, government-hating, militiamen can collect government checks that allow them the time to denounce the government! So it is with Michael Vanderboegh, an Alabama militiamen whose blog has urged health care reform critics to throw bricks through the windows of Democratic elected officials.
- Before threats become deeds - The Corpus Christi Caller Times
Once again, the militia movement is emerging from the woodwork, as it did in the 1990s. The country at large ignored these adherents’ paranoid ravings as they skulked about the woods muttering about the Posse Comitatus Act, the New World Order and an imminent U.N. invasion.
Then 15 years ago this April 19, one of the more unhinged of their number detonated a truck bomb outside an Oklahoma City federal building. He killed 168 people. We shouldn’t think it can’t happen — because we know it can.
- 9 militia members charged in police-killing plot - AP/The Buffalo News
Nine suspects tied to a Midwest Christian militia that was preparing for the Antichrist were charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral using homemade bombs in the hopes of killing more law enforcement personnel, federal prosecutors said Monday.
Quick, before something happens and this isn't funny any more:
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
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