March 26, 2010 11:04 AM

Commentary: Threats are not free speech

Sunday's passage of health care reform was preceded by many weeks of venomous attacks and wild exaggerations, yet it all seems so tame now in comparison. Since the vote, at least 10 House members have reported death threats, harassment or vandalism at district offices. Such violence and threats of violence are not free speech and political protest. It is intimidation, it is criminal, and it has no place in a democracy like ours.

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