The threat of political violence casts a shadow that never quite leaves the American landscape.
Its evil influence is evident in the vile telephone messages left for Sen. Patty Murray after the passage of the health care bill, allegedly by a Selah man.
The transcript of the recordings isn't appropriate anywhere, let alone the pages of a newspaper. We can't recall a more hate-filled and profanity-laced diatribe.
"Somebody is gonna get through your security and put a (expletive deleted) gun to your head, and hopefully I will be able to watch somebody blow your (expletive deleted) brains out," one message said.
Other threats were made against members of Congress over the health care bill, including at least one Republican opponent, but this one hits close to home.
Not only is our senator the victim of these death threats, but also the man accused of making the calls lives nearby.
Sadly, these incidents are excuses to elevate the rhetoric.
Some on the left are attempting to blame every critic of President Obama's policy for the violent acts of a few.
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