Pelosi: Hate could fuel increase in violence

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says hate-filled rhetoric over President Barack Obama’s health care reform proposals could fuel a dangerous increase in violence.

Pelosi told reporters that the tone of the debate over health care is “frightening” and reminds her of the angry, hate-filed rhetoric over gay rights that emerged in San Francisco in the 1970s and led to the the murders of city Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.

Pelosi said those spewing the hate rhetoric will be responsible for any “incitement” they results from the tone of the debate.

Public, often hate-filled, anger during health care town hall meetings in August landed in the House of Representatives last week when South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson shouted “You lie!” at Obama during his speech. On a largely party-line vote, the House reprimanded Wilson.

Former President Jimmy Carter said Wilson’s comments and other hate-speak stem from racism.

Comments

  1. Procrustes

    >This is an amazing thread! It points out that most Americans have no trust in either political party.

    I came here for education, and I stay for the massive displays of critical thinking. The almost superhuman ability to immediately ascertain that a few voices here translates into “most Americans” is an excellent example.

  2. Sandra Price

    This is an amazing thread! It points out that most Americans have no trust in either political party. They look the same to me and we have nothing on which to work for an improvement.

    The Democrats are working on solving the problems as they see the need. The GOP is working on keeping the Democrats invalid. This show is obviously directed and produced by Limbaugh productions. There is no Republican agenda and it could end up the growth of a police state.

    We need the GOP to define their terms or shut up and go home.