Wilding: 3. Slang The act or practice of going about in a group threatening, robbing, or attacking others
Over the past couple of days, shots were fired in the air and a window was shot out at Rep. Cantor’s offices in Richmond. A gas line was cut at the home of Rep. Perriello’s brother near Charlottesville. The address had mistakenly been posted on an ultra- conservative website out of Lynchburg. The wrong someone thought it was the congressman’s address. A substantial number of congressmen and women have had really nasty, threatening phone calls left for them.
These incidents have stirred up Americans even further as the health care debate rages on and even after the passing of that legislation on Sunday. The cable shows are full of accusations and political rhetoric. Republicans are blaming the Democrats and the Democrats are blaming the Republicans. There are racial overtones on top of the political ones.
We are all Americans. At the end of the day, no matter how much Chris Matthews or Glenn Beck we listen to, we are still Americans. We are going to have to shut down those feelings that talk show hosts and blogs stir up in us or we are going to become a very sick society. It just isn’t healthy. No one knows who is doing nasty things to politicians. Like the kid who trashed the homes and stores in Gainesville around the election in 2008, some of this vandalism could be some jerks who don’t even know a health care bill passed. It is sort of like burning sofas and trash cans after a basketball game, when you don’t go to either school.