Let me assure you that I unequivocally condemn those threats and any possible acts of violence taken in response to the health care bill...Such things must be handled at the ballot box....That said, and for similar reasons, I also unequivocally condemn the actions of the Democratic Party in running roughshod over the clear will of the American people....in the grand tradition of totalitarian regimes everywhere, you employed “any means necessary” to make sure your ends were achieved, bribing and threatening your fellow Congressmen and women...you and your cohorts have forever defined yourselves as reactionary politicians...Violence is to be condemned, but so is the desecration of a great democracy....An Open Letter to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Roger Simon, Pamamas Media, 3/25/10
Simon's not justifying violence. He's drawing an obvious conclusion. When legislators and the chief executive act like Hugo Chavez, they can hardly expect that the people will respond as if their "leaders" were elected officials. If your presumptions and acts are those of a dictatorial elite, the people have no voice. When you put your hand over someone's mouth, if you expect them to say 'thank you' you're probably doing drugs or a narcissistic dictator.