In an act of total defiance against health care reform, an opponent filled a toilet in Rep. Adam Schiff’s Pasadena office with tea bags, causing it to overflow.
While some Democrats who voted in favor of health care reform have faced serious threats and vandalism from opponents of the legislation, Schiff called the act of opposition in his office “downright silly.”
“It was a minor nuisance,” he said.
Schiff said the “vast majority” of correspondence and calls to his office have been thoughtful and respectful in tone.
“There have been exceptions, some have been
downright vile, racist, others have been vaguely threatening – you
are going to pay in more ways the one kind of language, but nothing I
consider a security issue… and those are the aberrations.”
Still, Schiff said he is concerned
about the nationwide tone that has “gone from bad to worse” since
“It’s been a gradual degradation of
the civil dialogue of the last several years, where people feel like
it’s okay to say anything when they are in opposition to a point of
view. You see it on the House floor – people calling the president
‘liar’ and yelling ‘baby killer’ and outside, with people spitting on
members of Congress, and yelling racial epithets,” Schiff said.
“Everyone needs to take a deep breath
and remember what this country was founded on: an ideal of
competition in the marketplace of ideas,” he continued.