Well, that didn’t take long. First members of Congress were pelted with bigoted slurs and spit upon, by a crowd cheered on by Republican members of Congress, to the point that the Speaker and congressional Democrats walked across the capitol complex flanked by police — their to protect them from the mob. Then came vandalism, like bricks thrown through windows. Faxes bearing racial slurs along with pictures of nooses and gallows quickly followed, along with outright death threats. Angry Tea part activists — furious that some 30 million uninsured Americans might finally have access to health care — were encouraged to make personal visits to members of Congress, to "express their thanks".
Now, threats and vandalism have come closer to home, and graduated to actions that could actually endanger lives: like cutting gas lines.