"I don't know what will happen if the bill passes," said Heather G., an East Bay member of the Tea Party Patriots, who was protesting outside U.S. Rep. John Garamendi's Thusday. "It's going to get really, really ugly."
Garamendi, the Democrat who represents the 10th congressional district, was a strong supporter of the legislation and one of 219 casting a yes vote.
Heather G. is an Alamo mother and realtor who said that she became politicized following the election of President Barack Obama. Concerned about the direction the country is going in, she has helped organize other protests over the past several months.
She said her group has held peaceful demonstrations and does not advocate violence.
But things got pretty angry and ugly over the weekend among other Tea Party protesters demonstrating outside the Capitol building Saturday and Sunday.
A Newsweek blogger described it as the gathering as the "prototypical angry mob," with some people in the mostly white group shouting the N-word at African-American Reps. John Lewis and Andre Carson, spitting on Rep. Emanuel Lewis, and hurling a homophobic epithet at openly gay Rep. Barney Frank.
Heather G. said that "a lot of people" are fed up and angry and suggested that passage of this bill could make things even more divisive and ugly than they already are. She believes that health care reform--or at least this Senate-passed bill that the House was voting on Sunday--would be disastrous for the economy, and would amount to those in power--the Democrats--hijacking control of our country from the will of the people.
The Democrat-controlled Congress approved the legislation, handing Obama a major victory for his top priority. The legislation, which is designed to extend health care to millions of uninsured Americans and crack down on insurance company abuses, awaits his approval.
Republican Party leaders and Tea Party organizers tried to distance themselves from the slurs Sunday. Still, the Kansas City Star reports, "some Republican House members spurred the protesters on, appearing Sunday on the south balcony of the Capitol with signs spelling out each letter of one of the main Tea Party chants: "Kill the bill. ...
"But as it became clear Democrats had won the votes of key anti-abortion lawmakers, the protesters lost their enthusiasm, and their numbers shrank."