I was reading a piece in the New York Times by Frank Rich. Now, I've heard some hysterical hyperbole regarding the recent threats against congressmen in the wake of ObamaCare passing but Rich takes the cake. He compared the threats to Germany's infamous Kristallnacht. Literally translated that means Crystal Night or the night of broken glass. It took place in November of 1938 in the wake of the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by a German-born Polish Jew. Hitler's SS and Gestapo used the murder as an excuse to torch over 200 synagogues and kill 91 Jews. Upwards of 30,000 more were rounded up and sent to concentration camps.
What an outrage that a columnist would dare to compare threats made by a few irate citizens and a brick thrown through one congressman's district office to an act that many historians believe gave Hitler the excuse for his so-called Final Solution, the extermination of Jews.
How ironic that the only serious violence occurred at the Richmond office of the second-ranking Republican in the House, Eric Cantor. A bullet was fired through the window of his congressional office. Cantor, by the way, is a Jew and has received numerous threats because of it.
Frank claimed, as have others, that obscenities were yelled at Barney Frank and Congressman John Lewis, a pioneer in the civil rights movement, as they made their way to the Capitol to vote on the historic healthcare legislation. Funny how in this day and age of video cameras in phones and a swarm of press following their every move no one caught any such behavior on tape.
If these congressmen really want to know what it's like to be the target of hatred and threats, they should join the ranks of the talk radio hosts. Much of the vitriol I receive on a regular basis cannot be described here but let me assure you it's much, much worse than what was hurled at Lewis and Frank.
But I consider it part of the territory. I'm very vocal about my opinions and that's bound to hack some folks off, especially the nuts. Like Congressman Cantor, I don't make a big deal about it. I deal with it on a case-by-case basis, if it's serious enough, and I simply ignore the rest.
I don't quite know what these folks thought were going to be the repercussions of thwarting the will of the people. I guess they thought they could just waltz along down this path to socialism and everyone would applaud them. Quite frankly, I'm amazed that the backlash hasn't been more serious. They totally ignored the polling data that showed most Americans were against the healthcare bill and proceeded to implement their plan in spite of it. They, at one point, plotted to circumvent the entire Constitution by "deeming" the Senate legislation passed in the House. The public outcry forced them to change course but the damage was already done. The arrogance of their actions was indelibly etched on the psyche of the country.
If a few angry phone calls to their offices are enough to freak these people out perhaps they're not cut out for the job. No one condones the threats but, likewise, the Republicans aren't responsible for them nor should they offer any apologies.
If that's the case then the Democrats have a ton of apologies to make for groups like PETA and Earth First and the Black Panthers. Truth be told, most of the rioting that's taken place in this country has come from the left. Where were the apologies from the Democrats?