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.
This isn’t the first time Americans have been in a frothing rage. Our history is peppered with incidences of great political divide. Our friend Wolverine addressed some of it today on the first thread about the Perriello’s gas line. As usual, his is a worthwhile read. My concern now is that that the rancor is spilling over onto the blog. It has been building up for a few weeks now. Some people have chosen to leave. Each exit has been different, I might add. I respect the choices made. We aren’t the roach motel. A nd Censored put it quite well, people on blogs come and go. And they can come back again.
Elena and I need to refresh everyone’s mind about who we are and our politics. We are 2 pro-choice independent moderates. We consider ourselves centrist. I have been various places in my life politically. I expect the parties have changed more than I have. I have voted for Republicans and for Democrats, depending mostly on what was most important to me at the time. I voted for Ronald Reagan. I am not an adoring fan, but at the time, he filled the bill better than the other guy. I have also voted for the great political pariah. (you get to figure it out) My Republican voting declined when the Christian Coalition started infusing itself in politics. I like my church and state on separate plates, please.
We are not conservatives. We don’t think from a conservative point of view. Our world view is not coming from that spot. Don’t come here expecting it. It won’t be there. Different people have different swords they are willing to fall on. Isn’t America wonderful that we can do that. Different folks will feel passion about different issues.
Now you know where we are coming from. We have attempted to have a blog where discussion is possible without people being attacked for their beliefs. We have attempted to put up topics that contemporary Americans are talking about. We look for state, local and national articles of political interest as well as other types of interest. Not everything is about politics.
I am asking everyone on the blog to turn the volume down. HCR has taken on a life of its own it seems and it seems to have great mood-altering powers. If you feel so much anger that you can’t think straight, perhaps a blog break is in order. Please, let’s give other people a break. Let’s not read something in to everything anyone says. I really don’t want a blog that has to be moderated. I would probably just take it down first. Too much work. There really needs to be some detente here.
Meanwhile, thanks to Chris and Allison for bringing a community concern to the blog and for all the leg work they have done digging out the facts. 4 schools within a mile or so of each other does seem excessive. Let’s find out more.