NANCY PELOSI BURNS IN HELLVote to extend affordable health care to 38 million Americans and what do you get? Vandalized gas lines, envelopes of mysterious white powder, bricks thrown through windows, threats of sniper fire against your children and death threats against your very own person.
There always are a goodly number of angry people cleaning their assault rifles while they sulk in their caves, but the health-care overhaul alone has led to a nearly threefold increase in the number of serious threats against members of Congress, some 42 in the first three months of this year alone.
While some of the threats against President Obama are fueled by good old racism, the perps going after congressfolk are of a kind -- middle-aged white men with extreme values like Gregory Giusti (above, left) who threatened to off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Norman Leboon (right), an Obama donor who threatened Republican Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia in a You Tube video. Then there's Larry North, below, left) who is so pissed off at anything and everything having to do with gubberment that he left pipe bombs and other explosive devices in mailboxes.
While there are occasional nutballs on the left like Leboon, the vast majority feed off of the right-wing echo chamber so ably amplified by Fox News and titular Republican leaders like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Which of course provokes Republicans to attack Democrats of trying to make political hay out of playing the victim.
Which in turn prompts Democrats to . . . Oh hell, you get the idea.