The lobbyist-funded right wing is getting violent. There have been death threats. Physical assaults. Arrests. And now more threats of violence:

Based on the news that health care events are edging into violence, an anti-health care reform protester in New Mexico named Scott Oskay is calling on his hundreds of online followers to bring firearms to town halls, and to ‘badly hurt’ SEIU and ACORN counter protesters.

This is not the way to have a debate about health care reform. Yelling, screaming, Nazi imagery, and violence are not how we solve our problems here in America.

We on the pro-reform side are committed to keeping things peaceful. We’ll be there, but we’re there to listen to the Members of Congress at these events. The right, so far, has not made the same commitment. Will the right wing – specifically Republican Members of Congress and the corporate funders of these "grassroots" protests – come out and renounce violence and threats of violence?

(also posted at the NOW! blog)

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Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.

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