After having sold some (the last?) of their constituents' precious liberty, Democrat politicians are afraid of violence when they return to their home districts. Republican John Boehner says:
“I know many Americans are angry over this health care bill, and that Washington Democrats just aren’t listening,” Boehner said. “But, as I’ve said, violence and threats are unacceptable. That’s not the American way.”
Bullshit, Mr. Boehner. Tar and feathers are fully in keeping with American tradition.