Last month Peter Welch lamented on the "toxic" political talk in the wake of the Giffords shooting in Tucson. He said "It creates a sense of anger and you had some politicians talking about bullets not ballots. I mean things like that are obviously provocative and hurtful - they're harmful to maintaining civility in a democratic society."
Bernie Sanders also weighed in. He said in a fundraising letter to his supporters:
"right wing reactionaries through threats and acts of violence Intimidate people with different points of view from expressing their political positions."
Finally, President said last month: It's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that that heals, not in a way that wounds."
Vermont Public Radio covered the Tucson shooting with stories and commentary about being civil here, here, here, here here and here.
In Wisconsin, teacher union members mobbed the state capitol with signs like these. The protestors also surrounded the homes of their opponents, bringing intimidation tactics to a new level.
Did Peter Welch and Bernie Sanders decry such tactics? No.
Did President Obama? No. He called out the elected Governor of Wisconsin's attempt to balance his budget as an "assault on unions"
Has VPR commented on the "vitriol" in Wisconsin? No.
We live in an era where big issues divide us. It should not be surprising that people speak passionately, even rudely. People exercising their first amendment rights should not be decried or derided.
Liberals and their media allies try to silence their opponents by calling opposition to their policies "vitriolic" and "uncivil"; but when the left does and says worse things, the left is silent, or like Nancy Pelosi, supportive.
The First Amendment is apparently only for some people.