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Posted Mar 25 2010 12:00am
The Democrats’ ungainly march toward a victory on health care reform Sunday night provoked a graceless response from angry House Republicans, who shouted insults across the chamber, encouraged outbursts from the galleries, brandished ‘Kill the bill’ placards from the Speaker’s Balcony and, apparently, left veiled threats of electoral retribution on the benches of undecided Democrats. And that all came before Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer shouted ‘baby killer!’ as anti-abortion Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) spoke on the House floor.” Last weekend, anti-health care protesters were out in force in Washington--and the behavior of too many was deeply disturbing.

A crowd of tea partiers shouted the "n word" at Congressman John Lewis, a former civil rights leader who marched with Dr. King. They yelled homophobic epithets at Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman. And one protester actually spat on a Black member of Congress.

Rush Limbaugh said of the Democrats who passed the health care bill, “We need to defeat these bastards. We need to wipe them out.”

Then this week, Democrats who voted for reform began receiving death threats—one had a coffin left on his lawn and another was told snipers would kill the children of lawmakers who voted yes. Several Democrats had their district offices vandalized, and a gas line was cut at a home that tea partiers mistakenly believed belonged to Rep. Tom Perriello. The office of Representative Anthony Weiner on Thursday received a threatening letter containing an unidentified white powder, his office said.

The FBI and police are investigating attacks and threats against Democratic members of Congress who voted for healthcare reform, and a senior House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday his colleagues are at risk.

A few Republicans have spoken out against the racism and violence, but most are still treating them as "isolated incidents." They are not isolated. They've been part of Republican-supported tea parties for almost a year and they're a natural consequence of telling people that reform is a totalitarian plot.

It's an outrage, and no American should tolerate it. So we're joining with our friends at Color of Change to stand up to the hate. Can you add your name to this letter asking Republican leaders to unequivocally condemn bigotry, hate, and violence among their supporters?

I just added my name to a letter to the leaders of the Republican Party telling them that they need to unequivocally condemn the bigotry and violence immediately. Will you join me?

Thanks! Steve
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