In Washington, Republicans vow to fight on against health-care reform.
In WakeCounty, school-diversity supporters vow to fight on against the new board’s reassignment plans.
In Washington, reform opponents marched on the Capitol, and some spit on congressmen and called them not-nice names.
In WakeCounty, diversity supporters protested, demonstrated and even got arrested. There was that striking picture of school board chairman Ron (Archie Bunker) Margiotta being led through the crowd by police and security officials.
But none of the diversity supporters have called for brick-throwing or talked darkly of taking up arms, as one letter-writer did here.
The last time we saw this movie was in the 60s. Then as now, right-wingers warned that we were headed straight to socialism. Then as now, people protested in the streets over race. And, oh yes, there was a war that got people riled up.
Some war opponents even resorted to bombings. Which led Sarah Palin to accuse Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists.” Is she now encouraging domestic terrorists by urging health-care opponents to “reload”?
Americans have a history of getting riled up over big issues. We fought a Civil War over slavery and states’ rights. We rose up in an armed revolution to be independent.
We were born fighting. But sometimes some few decide to fight with bombs and bullets, not votes and debates. That’s why we have a string of assassinated presidents and politicians.
There is always a dark undercurrent of violence lurking in the American psyche. It has a way of bursting out when emotions are high.
Republicans are playing with fire here. If some nut goes too far, the tide of public opinion could turn dramatically against them.
Bill Clinton’s post-1994 comeback came after the Oklahoma City bombing. It could happen again.