A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation’s fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren’t enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”
“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,” Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston on Tuesday rallying in solidarity for Wisconsin union members.
Am I shocked?
Nah, this type of red meat heated rhetoric is common place when Democrats are attempting to whip up their union auxiliaries, and has been for generations. The difference is that in the age of the internet everyone gets to hear about it and not just the union legbreakers.
Update: Capuano was part of the civility chorus after the Giffords shootings:
“What the hell is going on?’’ said Representative Michael Capuano, a Somerville Democrat. “There’s always some degree of tension in politics; everybody knows the last couple of years there’s been an intentional increase in the degree of heat in political discourse. . . . If nothing else good comes out of this, I’m hoping it causes people to reconsider how they deal with things.’’
Congressman, I trust that when you are calling for the blood of your adversaries in the future, you will do so in the most civil manner possible.