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Story Time

The people are angry

C'mon, you've heard it said...they otta line 'em all up and shoot 'em.

It's a line that's sometimes muttered when the conversation makes its way to politics. Nobody really means it when they say all politicians should be shot, but it gets the point across about the frustrations felt by many.

Turns out, about a week ago some fella indeed tried to line 'em all up and shoot 'em. At a political gathering in Tucson, Ariz., he shot to death six people, one of whom was a federal judge, and wounded 14 others, one of them a congresswoman.

Yesterday we learned that another wacko, a guy from California, was arrested this week on a charge of threatening a congressman from that state.

Heck, even Washington State Sen. Patty Murray was the subject of a violent threat. It was just April of last year that a Selah man, a retiree, was arrested for threats made against her.

What surprises me, I guess, is that there aren't more threats made and actually carried out against politicians. Let's face it, we live in a world that's chock full of crazies. And many among us blame the politicians for not having a job, not being able to afford health care coverage, having to pay too much in taxes, having our rights infringed upon...the list goes on and on.

My fear is that we're headed in the same direction as some of those third-world countries you read about. It starts with death threats, attempted assassinations, actual killings of politicians, then escalates into uprisings and eventually a revolution.

I don't know where we're headed in this country. What I do know, is that our elected officials need to get a handle on the pulse of the nation. People are getting fed up with being told what they can and can't do, and what they must and mustn't do.

My upbringing tells me that violence is never the answer to a problem. I hope the powers that be get it figured out before we see more bloodshed. The people are angry and getting angrier with each passing day.

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