This morning, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) appeared on CBS's “The Early Show” to discuss recent threats against Democratic Members of Congress.
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“The bottom line is we need to be very careful in public life that our rhetoric does not turn to incitement of violence or violent acts. In our democracy, we have disagreements. Sometimes strongly held beliefs differ, but at the core of our democracy is that we do so civilly and peacefully and resolve our differences not through violence, but through democratic means.”
“I think all of us in leadership need to make it very clear to the American public … that that's unacceptable in a democracy. In a democracy, we debate, we hold feelings strongly, and then we vote. Dick Gephardt used to say that democracy was a substitute for war, and what he meant by that of course is, in our democracy we resolve things not through violence, not at the point of a gun, but through civil democratic means to reach consensus. And if we don't do that, we will devolve into a society that we’re not going to like.”