Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) told a town hall audience on Wednesday that "maybe killing a couple of" senators would help Rep. Paul Ryan's budget pass.
"I supported the Paul Ryan budget and sent it over to the Senate," Sullivan said. "Now I live with some Senators, I yell at them all the time, I grabbed one of them the other day and shook him and I’d love to get them to vote for it -- boy I’d love that. You know but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I don’t think they’re going to listen unless they get beat."
It is no wonder that public faith in congress has plummeted. The last approval rating I saw was 10%. How does language like this possible lead to civil discourse?
I went to Congressman Sullivan's website to leave the following comment:
Dear Congressman Sullivan,
I read that you have said that you feel that Congressman Ryan's budget will not be passed in the Senate short of you "going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them." I respect your right to hold positions, however I might agree or disagree with them. I do not however respect your use of such language publicly.
I pray that the congress of the United States of America might examine the reasons why it's popularity is currently so dismally low. I pray that the civil discourse, so needed to be restored in this country, might be modeled by its elected officials.
Suspecting that you would identify yourself as a Christian and a patriot, I would ask how this type language, even if meant metaphorically, represents the values of either of these groups?
Neil HoughtonMendon, NY
When I went to Congressman Sullivan's website and entering my zip code I was told....
"Sorry, You do not appear to reside in Oklahoma." I was aware of this but thought the communications with a members of The People's House should be welcomed from any American citizen.
If any of you happen to reside in Oklahoma, please pass on my thoughts.