Keith Oberman's Worst Persons in the World on MSNBC news put Wally Herger, Republican Congressman from northern California in the Worst Person position. A local story that has gone nationwide began where I live and I was there. I saw it happen.
Representative Herger had a town hall meeting at a local religious college in Redding California on August 18th. I took a poster I made that read, CONDEMN HATE SPEECH with me to the town hall.
Prior to the town hall I was concerned that hate speech could incite people to violence. So on August 13th I visited Mr. Herger's office to discuss the need for keeping behavior appropriate and safe. I also discussed my position on the health care issue and that the system needs to be reformed. Unfortunately I did not see Mr. Herger, but spoke for over a half an hour with his assistant.
At the town hall, from my place high up on the bleachers in the very hot and crowed gymnasium, I saw a parade of 'tea baggers' enter and sit down in the bottom row of bleachers in front of me. After this coordinated entry, Herger emerged from the side wings to cheers and applause. It became obvious to me very quickly that I was seeing a crowd of very right-wing conservatives.