Another Letter to Hastings

GEORGE FEARING
WASHINGTON’S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
2415 W. FALLS AVENUE
KENNEWICK, WA 99336

 January 12, 2011

 Congressman Doc Hastings
1203 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Hastings:

I write as the Chair of Washington’s Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee. 

We have all been stunned by the news of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and the death of six persons, including a federal judge and a nine-year old girl.  We have also been reminded of Giffords’ office being attacked by health care reform opponents and her listing on Sarah Palin’s reload list.

Sarah Palin and other Republican media pundits have already distanced themselves from the terrorist act of Jared Loughner and will continue to disclaim responsibility.  Hopefully the murder and maiming had no connection to conservatives’ adoration of guns and the “targeting” of Democratic Party officials.  But all of us learned in Kindergarten that words have consequences.  The violent rhetoric of Palin, Beck, Bachman, Limbaugh, and others creates an atmosphere under which the chances of a political killing increases.   

Unfortunately, you have never spoken against the hatemongering and aggressive speech of Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and others.  Remember that Selah resident Charles Alan Wilson uttered numerous phone threats to Patty Murray because of her support of health care reform.  You remained silent about the terrorist threats of Wilson and have remained mum on Saturday’s tragedy.  

Democrats have never resorted to gun or violent imagery in their attempts to remove you from office. 

The Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee urges that you denounce the violent rhetoric of Sarah Palin and others.  The committee also respectfully requests that you and other Republican officials in Central Washington meet with our committee officers to discuss steps to reduce the political tension in Central Washington. 

Please do not ignore this message, and please do give this important subject matter your attention.  You are the Representative for all residents of Central Washington, not just the conservatives or Republicans residing in the region.  The time has come for you to rise above party politics, to end your use of divisiveness, and to speak in favor of civility and tolerance.  

RESPECTFULLY YOURS,

 GEORGE FEARING, CHAIR

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~ by wa4thcddems on January 16, 2011.

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