Should a Congressman’s Address Be Posted on a Website?

This morning I was reading a Washington Post article, Health-care protest site: Ohio congressman’s house by Krissah Thompson. Rep. Steve Driehaus voted yes on the healthcare bill and a group of protesters picketed in front of his home. Driehaus is a Democrat who lives in an area that is adjacent to some Republican strongholds. Minority Leader John Boehner in response to Driehaus’ yes vote said, (Driehaus) “may be a dead man. He can’t go home to the west side of Cincinnati.” In typical Republican fashion Boehner said his analogy was political not literal because of course he was not condoning violence, but even if you disagree with the vote does a voter have the right to picket a lawmaker’s home. In an effort to get people to attend the protest the congressman’s address, as well as a map and a best place to park information was published on protest leader’s website.  There is something wrong about this. Let’s look at a typical manager who from time to time has to fire an employee. What if that former employee showed up on the doorstep of the employer? What would he do? The employer would call the police and the ex-employee might be arrested for stalking or harassment well what is this? It is harassment. When the Congressman is in Washington he is at work and when he is at his home with his family he should not be harassed by angry zealots. This is not an act of patriotism this is more like an act of terrorism.

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  • reymac  On March 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I’m actually torn over this one. I think that as long as they’re directing their ire at the Congressman, not his family, voters have the right to vocally express themselves. I know I have the right to speak my mind to power…

  • Marie  On March 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Voters have the right to protest and voice their opinions. However, it should be done at the Congressman’s office, not his home. When I taught school I didn’t give parents my home number or address; they needed to call me at school during school hours and not call me at home when I was spending time with my family. It’s the same here. Protest at their offices all you want, but not at their homes.

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