Bullet flies through window of Rep. Eric Cantor’s office

A bullet hole in glass, with the resulting shattered spider web. Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor's office window was shot by someone who objected to his stance on health care reform.

Malcolm X called for "the ballot or the bullet." Eric Cantor and others on Capitol Hill don't deserve the tea party world's bullets. (Photo: ThinkStock)

The vote for health care reform has come and gone, but the fury left in its wake – one that has shattered the peace of Rep. Eric Cantor’s district office, among other places on both sides of the political aisle – will not soon subside. According to CNN, Eric Cantor claims that a bullet was shot “through a window” at his district office in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to that, he claims he had received threatening messages, messages he does not want to reveal for fear that doing so publicly would inspire copycats to get involved in further violent acts against himself or fellow Republicans.

Eric Cantor claims Democrats are ‘fanning the flames’ of violence

That’s what Eric Cantor says DNC chair Tim Kaine and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland have been doing: using threats made against pro-health care reform Democrats as a rallying cry to somehow strike back. Violence begets violence is the catchphrase for Washington politics at the moment, and Eric Cantor has gone on record as saying “Enough is enough.” People may need money now, but they don’t need to worry about fringe groups preventing their elected officials from representing them accurately.

Democrats are hiring bodyguards

What is it about the tea party mentality that takes them beyond rational discourse and straight onto the expressway of the lunatic fringe? More than 10 Democrats have been harassed, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland. They’ve been harassed to the point that they fear for their safety, making it necessary for them to hire extra security staff. Broken windows, a cut gas line at Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother’s home and various illiterate threats seem to come down to who supported health care reform in the end. This fight is more brutal than anything the pay day loans industry has faced.

Sweat and blood

Oscar Wilde once wrote that “When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood, it is hard to shake hands with her.” Depending upon what side of the fence one resides on health care reform – supporting imperfect change with the possibility of future advances, or fighting to the last breath to stop the supposed socialist agenda – a person might say that bloody liberty isn’t worth it in this case. However, others might gladly shake, then lick the blood clean from their hands, savoring each drop. What kind of America do you want for your children?

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