My response to the nightmares that have unfolded today, and, really, for the last few months is that we should never lose sight of the fact that dissent is an act of love and patriotism when done right. Here, on this site, we sure do get mad and we do some cussing and some hollering, but we don't cross the line that was crossed today.
Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a member of the Capitol police force were shot Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, during Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game.
Federal law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who died following a shootout with authorities.
At least six people including Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, were hospitalized.
The act of shooting people to make a statement, change a policy, sow division or fear, is an act of madness and terrorism. It has no place in a normal, civilized debate. I hope for everyone's speedy recovery and I do not mourn the death of any madman with a gun.
What does need to be said is this--you have to express dissent in the right way or you will undermine your message. You have to remain above the fray without being afraid to confront the ugliness of today's political discourse. And you damned sure ought to be ready for whatever is coming because I get the feeling that there's going to be a clampdown on freedom here real soon. I have a sense that protesting this president, opposing his policies, and opposing this Congress is going to get a lot harder because of what happened today.