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Tearing down the U.S.

Posted: April 30, 2010 5:55 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
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I happened to be in Washington, D.C., during the recent health care vote in the House, and write as one American to another, to convey how extraordinarily shocked I was by Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon’s outrageous behavior during those challenging days.  

As he is your representative in Congress, I thought you might want to know.

Let me first be clear — while I did not go to D.C. to witness this vote, I do support the new legislation. As a board member of our small, local struggling district hospital, I believe that serious change is needed.

Congress is a place of constant disagreement, with an equally constant need to find compromise. Civil and respectful disagreement is a must, as the members return day after day to debate issue after issue.  

Without mutual respect and civil debate, the business of running a democracy grinds to a halt.

McKeon and a number of other members stepped way over the line on March 21. They not only left respect in the dust; they actively encouraged hateful, nasty ridicule of their colleagues. They incited an already nasty crowd to become even nastier.  

They were not supporting a reasonable demonstration of a different point of view; they were encouraging hatred.

We can’t run a democracy this way, people. Ask McKeon for an explanation of how spewing hatred builds a country. I would suggest it tears it down.

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