This is What Civility Looks Like

This is a particularly disturbing email, if true, simply because of how heinous and graphic it is. The individual(s) has/have threatened the lives of not only the Republican Senators in Wisconsin, but that of their families as well. From what I can tell this has not been widely discussed in the media, and considering the events of today (the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan), may not be any time soon.

Full transcript at the source (h/t):

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die. 1

While it is possible that this email is real, it is also just as likely that it is as fake as it gets. BUT, if it is real, it presents a rather disturbing example of the hyper-partisan world we live in.

I’ve not participated in many discussions about the public union disputes going on throughout the country because of the kinds of attitudes represented in that letter, though most clearly do not hold views that are as extreme as exemplified above. So much emotion is tied up in anti-republican sentiment that people are not looking at their proposals rationally. Not that Republican ideas have been perfect, but this situation demands that cooler heads approach the problems.

All of this makes me want to step back from thinking about and digesting politics for a while. Its all getting to me. I get the feeling that people view me with pity when they find out I disagree with most Democratic ideas. As if I’m an uneducated slouch with no hope; why can’t I just see that only one party is for the little people and the other for ‘big-business?’

  1. Sykes, Charlie. Death Threats. Newsradio 620 Sykes Writes. Published March 10, 2011. Accessed March 11, 2010. <>