A new USA Today/Gallup poll out this morning shows that more Americans blame the Democrats more than any other group when it comes to the inciting the violence and vandalism that have spread across the country in the week since health care reform became law. Fifty percent said passing the bill was a “bad thing,” while 47% said it was a good thing.*
When asked about the violence, 49% of the 1,009 adults surveyed over the weekend said the “Democratic tactics” are a “major reason” for the violent incidents. Forty-six percent said conservative media was responsible, and 43% blamed the attacks on the rhetoric of Republican political leaders.
If that’s the case, then our democratic system of government is effectively dead. Any minority party can simply block all legislation, make up a bunch of bullshit about “tactics,” threaten them with violence and the people will back them. (Unless they are Democrats, of course, in which case they will be told the “elections have consequences” and be called obstructionists who refuse to allow the governing party the room they need to govern.)
If passing a party line vote in the US Congress is asking for violence and threats we have big, big problems.
I actually think it’s worse than this because Digby has made a mistake.
The mistake is thinking that people are actually answering the question as asked. In other words, at this point in our political discourse, words lack meaning in any rational sense. This response is essentially “Democrats are BAD!!!” As Digby notes, Democratic supporters wouldn’t have been justified in threatening Republicans for the party-line votes they passed during Little Lord Pontchartrain’s administration. What this poll suggests to me is that about half of the U.S. doesn’t like Romneycare-for-All. If someone had asked as a followup, “Do you think threats against the GOP would have been justified?”, I think some people would have changed their answers.
We have now reached the point where any political statement longer than three to five words has little or no concrete meaning to many Americans who ‘agree’ with that statement. And that level of stupidity really is unprecedented.