Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) expressed concern in September that right wing anger over the political environment would morph into violence in the streets.
“I saw this, myself, in the late ‘70s in San Francisco,” she said. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it created a climate in which violence took place.”
Finally regaining control, she expressed a wish that “we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made,” and “take responsibility” for what they say, “because “the ears that it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume.”
Pelosi’s comments come after the House chastized Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting out, “You lie,” during President Obama’s address to Congress last week, part of an insurgent politics of anger that is gaining ground in public discourse.
Perhaps the Speaker of the House should have looked closer to home. Video footage of angry UCLA students rioting outside of an administration building has surfaced today. Students are protesting the thirty-two percent tuition hike the school is putting forth. Below are two excerpts on the student riots at UCLA from The L.A. Times:
A second day of protests roiled the UCLA campus today as the UC regents prepared to approve a 32% increase in student fees.
Groups of UC students from several other campuses arrived in Westwood to join a noisy demonstration against the fee hike, and a group of protesters was occupying a UCLA classroom building.
….The full Board of Regents is expected to approve a fee hike of $2,500, or 32%, in two steps by next fall. That would bring the basic UC education fees to about $10,300, plus about another $1,000 for campus-based charges, for a total that would be about triple the UC cost a decade ago. Room, board and books can add another $16,000.
Breitbart.tv has posted video of the UCLA protest on it’s website. Check out the embedded version below.