Violence and Fear in Healthcare
Steve Peoples’ article about this morning’s event focuses on Kennedy’s lamentation that heated protests may produce violence — of which (he stated) his family has seen too much. There’s an interesting juxtaposition if we play Peoples backwards, as it were (emphasis added):
“Unfortunately, these town hall meetings have been hijacked by these Tea Party folks and extremists who really take away from the honest dialogue on the facts of the debate and end up seeing this issue devolve into fear mongering and the peddling of misconceptions,” [Kennedy] said, referring again to the sign that referenced his father’s death.
Tsiongas said that those who depend on the current health-care system are right to be afraid.
“What they should be afraid of is that we do nothing,” he said, “because if we do nothing we can no longer be able to afford this health-care delivery system as it stands.”
I guess fear mongering is only a bad thing when conservatives and Republicans do it.