Will You Embrace Extremism?

The tea party is becoming violently unhinged after the historic passage of health care reform.

Here’s the latest:

Someone smashed a window at the headquarters for Alaska’s Democratic Party in Anchorage this past weekend.

According to Alaska Dispatch, the police officer who inspected the damage called it a “smash and run.” The first pane of a double-paned window that was situated on the front and center of the building was smashed, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The damage extended from the top to the bottom of the window and the metal frame was also damaged.

Statewide party officer Dave Metheny told the Daily News that there were no leads but that the office had fielded calls from angry people before and after Congress’ vote on health care reform.

But don’t forget this:

Just hours after an historic vote in the House of Representatives to pass Health Care Reform, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords got her first feedback.  Early Monday morning, someone vandalized her Tucson office by kicking or shooting out a front glass door.

And this:

Authorities are investigating the severing of a gas line at the home of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother following the posting of his address online by Tea Party activists.

The activists are upset with the Virginia congressman’s vote in favor of the health care reform.

And this:

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) issued a statement late Saturday saying that he was spit upon while walking to the Capitol to cast a vote, leading the Capitol Police to usher him into the building out of concern for his safety.

And these:

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) received racist faxes Monday in the wake of Sunday’s House vote approving health care reform legislation.

Clyburn, a veteran of the civil rights movement, told Keith Olbermann Monday that faxes sent to his office had racist images including a noose.

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On Saturday, Tea Party protesters in a crowd backed by Republican lawmakers called Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) a “nigger”

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Protesters in the same crowd called Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) a “faggot.”

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An anti-reform protester called Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) a “wetback last week at a townhall meeting in his home district

And, from last year, don’t forget any of these either:

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RNC Chair Michael Steele said that he wants the GOP to “embrace” the tea party.

But will the American people embrace the party that embraces such radical, violent extremism? Are these the folks you want running the country?

[All emphasis mine]

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