I want to go on record as saying I'm not affiliated with either party. I have gone to a local Young Republicans meeting when the group was created, and while it was interesting to observe (it was for a government course at school) and the people were interesting to meet, I don't find myself classifying myself as a Republican. I've never really been drawn to either side.
Having said that, I want to point out that Rep. Nancy Pelosi didn't outright condemn the behavior, particularly not passionately as one would imagine. She simply stated that one should take responsibility for their words and consider the audience. I think her point was a very good one, however, and one that I'm sure was taken into consideration beforehand. Grassrooting (I know, its not a real word, but go with me here) is a practice to get those that are a bit less educated about the issues to take a stand. I can see why the protests are getting as out of hand as they are - when you throw political temper tantrums, people see...people pay attention. I mean, the Republicans have chanced their reputation on these outbursts...from Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst during President Obama's Healthcare Reform speech last September, but I think a lot of people realize that its not the entirety of Republicans (or Democrats) that act like this.
Yes, when I was observing the Young Republicans for my class, I was invited to a Tea Party (and a GOP picnic)...and to be honest, I almost went. I don't do things alone and if I had someone to go with me, I would have. I wouldn't have acted foolishly or even picketed or shouted or joined in the tea-party festivities, but I think it would've been interesting to experience firsthand and I do kind of regret not going.
I digress, the point here is that you guys are doing just what is intended by these outbursts. You're pointing to these few cases and highlighting them over all the other ones that didn't make such a fuss. The parties can always just throw their hands up and claim, "We're not responsible for the individual, so don't hold their actions against us!" and isolate themselves from the problem-protesters. I imagine they do it all the time. Politically speaking, which is better? - to isolate yourself from a problem person or to stand behind them and chastise them for their behavior when the whole world knows that you can't do anything about it? When the person is nothing more than a name that's causing your image problems, I don't think you'd have any problems isolating yourself from them.
Oh, and by the way, racial and sexual slurs and opinions should never be dragged into politics. But its hard for some of them to hold true to that when that's the only advantage they have over their opponent, you know? I mean, its not often you hear about a white man (or woman) getting elected Representative of a predominantly Hispanic or African-American area...or vice-versa.
And I didn't hear anything about the "N-word" in the videos...all I heard was "Kill the bill"...
Quite honestly, I hate the reform. It was pushed through too quickly and I hope it gets overturned when the Republicans take back over. I think Obama is the stupidest man (or maybe his speech-writer is) for making the argument that mandatory health care is the same as mandatory auto insurance. I could've slapped that man silly for saying that. Property taxes are the same as Auto Insurance...not mandatory healthcare. You're equivocating an optional fee with a mandatory one and there is no way that flies. Furthermore, when you purchase car insurance, the minimum requirement is liability (If I'm not mistaken), which is to protect the other driver when you're at fault. How is this even close to an insurance policy you're required to purchase to cover yourself?
Furthermore, if you don't want to pay the car insurance, the solution is simple - don't get a car. Rely on public transportation or greener methods of getting around (i.e. bicycling, rollerskating or walking). How in the world are you supposed to get around having mandatory health coverage? O.o Are you supposed to...cease living? (I don't suggest this as a solution, btw)
I'm alright if the government wants to take complete control over the health care system, offering free life to death coverage for all citizens. Raise taxes to cover the cost, etc., I'm good with all that. But don't push through a piece of legislation that's only been half-assed, especially when half the country is rallying against it.
In an instance like this, I think it should've been something that should have never passed unless the people were behind it...
I know I probably shouldn't have included this last bit (which is why I'm making it smaller), but I just wanted to say *something* about it.