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This is scary stuff!  Here in Caledonia, Wisconsin (near Racine) one of our volunteers was physically assaulted by an angry man.  58 year-old Nancy Takehara of Chicago told the story:

"The next thing I know he’s telling us we’re not his people, we’re probably with ACORN, and he started screaming and raving," Takehara said. "He grabbed me by the back of the neck. I thought he was going to rip my hair out of my head. He was pounding on my head and screaming. The man terrified me."

More after the fold...

Think about this.  Where would this person have ever heard of ACORN?  Why would he be so upset?  Candidates like to say "elections have consequences."  Well, election rhetoric also has consequences.  

"This negative stuff has to stop," said Takehara. "We’re all Americans. This is all about protecting our democracy, not about attacking each other."

Hereis a link to another article by the local newspaper.  

Here’s what totally freaks me out.  If you read the comments on the newspaper article, you see the same hate rhetoric.  And worse you see people giving energy to this hate speech by trying to argue in the comments.  

And here is what gives me hope.  By the time Nancy Takehara got home, there was a message waiting for her from Senator Obama.  She called the number back and actually talked to Senator Obama.  

"Sen. Obama understood, reassured me, he was wonderful," Takehara said. "It made me feel connected to this government again."

Elections have consequences.  Let’s turn all of these right-wing hate mongers out of office and take back our country.  Go vote.

Originally posted to RFDBlog on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 05:33 AM PDT.

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