This week at a community meeting on health care, Tea Party activists confronted Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA), charging that health reform is unconstitutional and officials are committing “treason” by pushing it forward. At one point, someone said that since the federal government is “gang-raping” its citizens, people needed to take matters into their own hands. In response, the “unflappable” Wittman praised his analysis:
“The federal government is gang-raping the people,” said Mark Carpenter of Acorn, a Westmoreland County community–not the controversial Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
“We’re headed where the people will have no recourse but to take things into their own hands,” said Carpenter.
“Mark, that’s a good point,” said the unflappable Wittman. “A lot of people don’t feel connected with their elected representatives. As elected officials, we need to re-establish that connection, like we’re doing here tonight.”
As Steve Benen points out, Republican lawmakers need to “show a little more courage when confronted with violence-related rhetoric,” especially since “the threat of political violence has been real this year.”