Sen. Harry Reid has redefined the concept of "exaggeration for effect" with his latest whiney screed. Move over Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, because Reid has co-opted race baiting as a new Democrat leadership tool.
The Senate majority leader contends that anyone who does not agree with the healthcare gospel according to Barack Obama and the Democrats is the same as those who previously supported slavery. Really!?! Anyone who disagrees with Dingy’s dogma is synonymous with those who resisted the Civil Rights Act of 1957?
Of course, personifying duplicity, he failed to note that Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, was the one who failed in an attempted filibuster of the Civil Rights Act, while (again in an apparent oversight) Republicans led the charge against slavery. Go figure.
Reid's rhetorical ramblings threaten to make strident opposing voices, such as Ann Coulter, sound like Mother Teresa — and that is going some.
Apparently, based on Reid’s assessment, more than half of his home state of Nevada are among those he claims would support slavery and oppose the female vote. And 53 percent of Nevadans oppose the Obama/Reid solution to healthcare, while only 39 percent of his constituents support his plan.
Opposition within the Democratic Party is rising (from 15 percent in October to 23 percent in the latest poll. Yet Reid remains in the growing minority who fail to accept facts that contradict his preconceived opinion and prejudice.
I have complained often about the petty partisan rancor that masquerades as politics, with comments such as this: “Foremost on the list of pet peeves and chronic annoyances is the constant, perpetual, adversarial excrement storm of left against right, Democrats against Republicans, and Liberals versus Conservatives that successfully maintains discord in our DISunited States of America. Legitimate policy differences notwithstanding, the acrimony and mean-spirited blood sport tactics of American politics are sufficient to gag any self-respecting maggot.”
However, as bad as the mudslinging has been (and it has been very bad), Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi routinely have ratcheted up both the volume and vitriol. Both form and substance have escalated like computer-generated special effects and James Bond movie chases.
The very concept of reasoned, and reasonable, debate and political compromise has been reduced to ashes in the Reid-Pelosi scorched-earth tactics. Even party faithful, such as Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, for instance, have to be bought and paid in full measure. . . with a cherry on top.
As if race baiting weren't enough, Reid even compared healthcare dissenters with those who opposed women's suffrage. Really — he said that. Okay, let's see: racism; sexism — how about accusing dissenters of hating kids, family, the military, seniors, and God?
Yeah, that’s the ticket: Those who reject Obamacare in principle must be anti-family, pro-abortion, anti-military, and anti-God. Naaaw, that won't work — it might blow back and attract attention to those pols who, in fact ARE anti-family, pro-abortion, anti-military, and anti-religion, as they demonstrate demonstrated actions, votes, and rhetoric.
Senate Republicans, who apparently didn't get the memo, called Reid's comments "offensive" and "unbelievable." What they fail to acknowledge is that “offensive" and (once upon a time) “unbelievable” have become the new standard for the democratic leadership. This bomb-throwing, over-the-top, rhetorical rubbish is no longer "abnormal" but the business-as-usual standard for verbally bludgeoning anyone, anywhere, who dares to presume to articulate language that is not pre-packaged, homogenized, and pre-approved by the power elite.
Many years ago, a politician told me that the House was populated with “politicians” whereas the lofty Senate contained “statesmen.” It is a very nice fantasy and perhaps once upon a time may have been more than wishful fiction. However, “statesmen” do not resort to race baiting.
Meanwhile, notwithstanding the protestations to the contrary from Obama, Reid, Pelosi et al, 80 percent of all Nevadans, including 67 percent of Dems, really believe the Obamacare package, with its estimated cost of nearly a trillion dollars, is going to require tax increases. Duh!
Once upon a time (during the presidential campaign) Obama promised not to raise taxes on the middle class while still making health insurance universal.
I frequently have bemoaned the perpetual "us-vs.-them" verbal jousts that pass for political debate these days. Politicians (and those who presume to speak for them) need to temper partisanship with reason and eschew stupidity masked as team spirit. It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to also engage the brain before popping the clutch on the mouth, either.
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