The homes of Senator Amy Klobuchar , Senator Norm Coleman, U.S. Representatives Kieth Ellison, John Kline, Michelle Bachmann and Jim Ramstad were hit with spRay paint graffiti last night. Phrases, written in partial LOL cat langauge and a biblical reference were written mainly on garages (but Ellison's home was directly painted on). The verbiage included such things as:
U R A CRIMINAL RESIGN OR ELSE! PSALM 2" and the word "SCUM"
The graffiti at Ellison's home read: "Traitor. Resign now. Psalm 2"
For those of you not familiar with the zone, Klobuchar and Ellison are Democrats; Coleman, Kline, Bachmann and Ramstad are Republicans. Ramstat is retiring and the rest are running for re-election. This group of people represent the bulk of the Minnesota congressional delegation from the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.
But what is the meaning of this?
SCUM is easy. Lots of people view politicians as scum. Unless, of course, "SCUM" stands for something.
Psalm 2 reads:
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
So, a bit of religious doggerel that puts down politicians or leaders and threatens to break them with a rod of iron, dashing them in pieces like a potter's vessel. (Makes the archaeologist in me get all excited.)
Mostly, I'm very concerned about what "spay paint" is :)
In Minneapolis we do things a little differently. We have the last laugh on the LOL cat.
It's ironic that Bachmann was treated the same as the rest, considering that she's been the one spewing the "liberals hate God and America" propaganda.
My guess, since the vandal was bipartisan, would be that this was about the financial bailout, what with so many people mad at Congress for taking from the taxpayer and giving to the banks. Throw in a helping of bigotry for Ellison. The Biblical reference might have been more about a convenient way to express righteous anger than religious nuttery, and yeah, some people feel justified in their anger at Congress. But you never know.