US trade union activists threatened with violence

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Tensions in the States over proposed health care reforms appear to be mounting. With opponents of reform holding noisy demonstrations at discussion meetings, trade union supporters of the Obama administration and its commitment to reform are similarly getting themselves organised.

According to reports on the Huffington Post, trade union offices are being swamped by hate mail (surely coordinated?) and even death threats. One trade union official received the following email (edited by the Huff Post to remove the naughty words):

You socialist f—s have the nerve to say stop the violence at the town hall meetings when they weren’t violent until you p—ies showed up because your n—– leader obama said to?????? When we have ours in Racine, Wi, I want you there. I want one of your little b—– to put his hands on this Marine. I want one of you to look or talk to me wrong. I’ll be the last thing your ignorant faux body guards will remember for a very long time. You can f—ing guarantee that.

This is madness. Heated arguments over the direction of health policy are fine, but the abundance of extremist attitudes amongst opponents of reform is deeply disturbing.

Perhaps if conservative commentators practised a bit of self-restraint and stopped scaring people into thinking that their President is a black Nazi (admittedly unlikely when they are professional controversialists) a more reasonable debate on this important topic would be possible.

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2 Responses to “US trade union activists threatened with violence”

  1. Liberal talk of fascism is misplaced « Though Cowards Flinch Says:

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    […] is the Venezuelan version of the healthcare debate in the US, except it has moved beyond hate mail being sent to Unions and town halls being disrupted by corporate shills to actual violent clashes in the streets between […]

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