Thursday, March 10, 2011
“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do,it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
Barack Obama, January 12, 2011
In the wake of the Wisconsin State Senate vote to curb some of the collective bargaining powers of the powerful Wisconsin teachers unions, union supporters forced their way into the State Capitol and made death threats to GOP lawmakers.
According to State Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, Democrat staffers opened ground floor windows to let the protestors into the building, which had been closed by the State police.
WTMJ radio reported that GOP Senators had also received numerous death threats, including the following e-mail (which has been edited for length):
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain
to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it
will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for
more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.
The e-mail then went on to say that the writers knew the home addresses of the Senators and had details about their families. It threatened death by shooting and bombing.
You can read the complete e-mail threat here.
According to WTMJ, the Wisconsin Justice Department is investigating.
As to whether Majority Leader Fitzgerald is concerned about the safety of legislators and staffers, he's quick to say "Absolutely."
While all this was going on, Obama was holding an anti-bullying summit conference at the White House.
He was joined in his anti-bullying campaign but no less an eminence than Brittney Spears. Ms. Spears said she was delighted to have been invited to join the anti-bullying campaign by Mr. and Mrs. Obama because it was an issue that was "close to my heart."