Congressman apologizes for ‘get bloody’ comment

Most People Not Sure He Was Wrong

EDITOR’S COMMENT: The rhetoric is being called over the top and the Congressman apologized. Seems like everyone is apologizing for saying what is on their mind. If it doesn’t fit with what the media deems “correct speech” then “free speech” loses every time.

We live in a society that is shaky and crumbling precisely because people did not take to the streets exercising their right of assembly and free speech. The whole point of our system of government was based on the premise that the ultimate authority for governance lies with the people, not some ruling elite. So a guy shouts up some fighting words and he gets pounced on like he started a revolution.

Because mortgage foreclosures and the disintegration of our financial system has reduced the fundamental qualities of our economy to shambles, I get to speak with people from all political spectrums. My observation is that on the facts they are mostly in agreement about American ideals and policy. It isn’t until they know who said something that they take offense or feign offense. So we have been psyched using sophisticated methods to abandon our core thoughts and principles in favor of labels and political parties.

I think Palin and Capuano have a right to their opinions whether they refer to “cross-hairs” or things getting bloody in the streets. My opinion is that the single most important factor in the decline of the United States is not the lack of outrage, but our unwillingness to hear it. And the single most important reason why we have not expressed our outrage is fear of each other and fear of our government when it should be exactly the opposite. The government should be afraid of us. And as for fearing each other, a little independent thought by everyone regardless of their ideology would allow us to disagree and hammer out real solutions to real problems.

When I think about the attacks on commentators like Olbermann, Limbaugh, Palin, Capuano, and the people who are forced to resign because of “transgressions” that have existed for thousands of years, I can’t help wondering if we have lost our way. If you want to expose a comment and make your own, that is fine. But when people lose their jobs and freedom expressing their views, we are no longer in America. Does it really matter that Limbaugh takes pills? Does it really matter that some rhetoric is passionate? Healthy debate and demonstrating in the streets on REAL ISSUES is the way this country was born, remember? I see Wisconsin  citizens engaged in that healthy debate and people making passionate remarks, and I’m jealous.

I feel envy over their willingness to take to the streets to block what they think is unfair or stupid legislation. I wish we had opposing groups shouting with signs so the issues would be fully aired. Maybe we would have a different climate than the current one that encourages speed of foreclosures instead of fairness and the application of established law, precedent and rules.

Congressman apologizes for ‘get bloody’ comment

Washington (CNN)-Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano, who came under fire for heated comments he made at a union rally earlier this week, apologized for his remarks Thursday.

“I strongly believe in standing up for worker rights and my passion for preserving those rights may have gotten the best of me yesterday in an unscripted speech,” he said in a statement. “I wish I had used different language to express my passion and I regret my choice of words.”

Capuano spoke at a rally outside the statehouse in Boston Tuesday in support of Wisconsin state workers. He encouraged union members to challenge a proposal that would limit collective bargaining rights stating, “Every once in a while you’ve got to get out in the streets and get a little bloody when necessary. This fight is worth it.”

The seven-term congressman was one of many who called for toned-down rhetoric after the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords last month. But he seemed to recant that sentiment in early February, telling a local newspaper that he thought politicians had become too bland.

“Politicians, I think are too bland today. I don’t know what they believe in,” he told the Somerville Journal. “Nothing wrong with throwing a coffee cup at someone if you’re doing it for human rights.” [He was speaking metaphorically. It’s obvious. Who cares HOW he said it?]

Capuano is mulling over a bid to take on popular Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012 and has said he will decide by this summer.

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