Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Losing It

This is more than just a little disturbing.

Federal prosecutors have charged a Washington state man, Charles Alan Wilson, with repeatedly making threatening calls to Sen. Patty Murray’s Seattle office, threatening to kill her because of her support for the health care bill.

FBI agents say they arrested Wilson after getting telephone records and calling him to confirm that his voice matched the one left on voicemail in Sen. Murray’s office.

The investigation began in late March, after the health care bill was passed, when a staff member notified the FBI that a man who’d been calling the Seattle office for months, leaving messages after hours, had begun making overt threats to kill her.

In one message, according to court documents, he said, “I hope you realize, there’s a target on your back now. There are many people out there who want you dead. … Kill the —-ing senator. I’ll donate the lead.” In another, he describes himself as “a senior citizen on Social Security and Medicare” and says, “I want to thank you so much, very, very much, for signing my death warrant.”

The right-wingers who carried on about “Armageddon” and the good people at Fox are sure to say that they had nothing to do provoking this man into doing this. No, and Sarah Palin talking about “reloading” and putting out a website with gunsights on Congressional districts was just being artful. Oh, and don’t forget ACORN and MoveOn.org; they’re just as bad because they provoked, too. And if Sen. Murray hadn’t voted for the healthcare bill, this would have never happened. Tsk, tsk.

I’m not at all surprised at both Mr. Wilson’s reaction and the conservatives’ complete lack of an ability to own up to the consequences of their actions. And when something really terrible happens, they’ll shake their heads and wonder what has become of this great nation where passions can get so inflamed.