It was only a matter of time until violence erupted as it did recently when the referenda-by-shouting crowd attempted to overrun a health-care town-hall meeting in Florida. Prevented from entering they blamed security measures for the confrontations that ensued. At other locations belligerents distort the basic freedoms of speech and peaceful assembly with staccato shouts of “lies” and “liar” even before meetings can be effectively convened. And a thinly-veiled racial undercurrent animates the agenda of these throngs as it does much of what passes for acceptable discourse by those who inflame the less stable members of an unfailingly unenlightened electorate.
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