I am horrified by the mob rule tactics being used by Americans for Prosperity and other industry front groups at various town hall meetings ("Activists Say No Letup for Health Protests," Aug. 6 Web). These organizations are threatening to destroy democracy, no less, by substituting intimidation and mindless ranting for rational public discourse.
I am shocked that some Republican congressmen appear to approve of these tactics and to support the ridiculous assertions that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen, that health-care reform will kill old people, etc.
If this is all the Republican Party has to offer, it is bankrupt of ideas and deserves to follow the footsteps of the Whigs into oblivion.
MIRIAM E. LINDAUER