There's no doubt that one of the biggest stories in the news lately has been the tone being used by some people at the various town hall meetings that have been taking place throughout the country. While I think there should be more attention devoted to the actual issue of health care so that the American people can become better informed, I do think our elected officials should take a stance against the dangerous rhetoric that is being used.
On Meet the Press this morning, however, the public got the message loud and clear that the leaders of the Republican Party won't be rejecting the violent rhetoric. Even after being given a softball question that would have easily allowed him to say he doesn't support violence, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) claimed that government officials had "earned" that type of violence being directed at them. In other words, he is telling people who are bringing guns to these rallies and alluding to quotes that say blood should be shed that it's perfectly acceptable to promote violence.
Sen. Coburn's comments here are extremely irresponsible and extremely disturbing. I strongly believe that Oklahoma deserves to have a Senator who believes in promoting discussion of the issues, not inciting hatred and violence.