Do you remember back in the day when the media and politicians everywhere were calling for “civility” in public discourse?
Those were the good ‘ol days, huh? I remember a long time ago in January 2011 when tragedy struck Tuscon, Arizona and everyone was talking about the crazy, violent rhetoric coming from the tea party, Sarah Palin, and conservative pundits.
No evidence of violent rhetoric was found to exist among the blamed nor was violent rhetoric deemed a motive for the killer’s actions. However, such rhetoric was spewed by a crazy conservative in Massachusetts in order to rile up an energetic crowd. Oops – actually it a Democrat U.S. Congressman, Michael Capuano, that was calling for union members to “get a little bloody” – when necessary of course! Courtesy of Dorchester Reporter:
“This is going to be a struggle at least for the next two years. Let’s be serious about this. They’re not going to back down and we’re not going to back down. This is a struggle for the hearts and minds of America,” Capuano said, referring to the Tea Party counter-protesters as a “couple of nuts in the background.”
“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” he continued.
The crowd cheered and hooted for each Congressman as they spoke – the tougher the talk, the louder the reception.
Here is the video:
Don’t worry though. Congressman Capuano apologized for his hypocritical remarks. He said that his “passion for preserving those [workers] rights may have gotten the best of me yesterday…”
Lawmakers are too cautious and boring for Mike Capuano, who is considering giving up his seat in the U.S. Congress to run for a seat in the more staid U.S. Senate.
“Politicians, I think are too bland today. I don’t know what they believe in,” Capuano said. “Nothing wrong with throwing a coffee cup at someone if you’re doing it for human rights.”
This is all probably nothing to worry about. The media should ignore it. Move along…nothing to see here!