I am sad today.
I am sad for this country.
People have resorted to violence over the Health Care Reform bill that has been signed into law by President Obama.
"Protesters outside the Capitol on Saturday called two black congressmen, the civil rights hero John Lewis of Georgia and Andre Carson of Indiana, a racial epithet as they walked by. Another, Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, was called that epithet and got spit on. Barney Frank of Massachusetts was called an anti-gay slur. The anti-abortion Democrat Bart Stupak was called a “baby killer” by Texas Republican Representative Randy Neugebauer, who says he’s had a “tremendous outpouring” of support for his outburst." *Maureen Dowd, NY Times, March 24, 2010.
John McCain told an Arizona radio station that "there would no cooperation for the rest of the year from Republicans"
A brick was thrown through Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter's office in Niagara Falls early Friday.
Maybe people are frightened. Perhaps they are confused as to what this new legislation means to them. I hope this post sheds some light on this new law. There is much work to be done. Nothing will change overnight. But this is a beginning. And I pray that Americans will band together - left or right and encourage thoughtful, due process. Let this madness stop.