On Sunday Frank Rich had a column (The New York Times) "The Rage Is Not About Health Care". Frankly, Mr Frank Rich doesn't do it for me. My middle Brother seems to like him, or maybe he likes to needle me with Mr Rich. This was a particularly obnoxious column, impugning the motives of broad swaths of US Citizens.
Both Columnist were banging on about Republicans using bad imagery when talking about Democrats. Both were banging on about how Republicans (and Republican fellow travellers (and others opposed to health insurance reform or the Obama Administration)) were using bad language and threats against Democratic Party members.
Like it was a one way street.
It is not. Otherwise I would not have received the letter I did from Vice President Joe Biden (well, actually, I think, from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee—but Vice President Biden is part of the US Senate, as long as he is Vice President and it was over his signature).
He says "The GOP is guided by the Tea Partier crowd..." (His bold, not mine.) How I wish it was that the GOP was guided by the Tea Party movement, but it isn't. That is why there are all those Tea Party organizations.
But, that said, it is a fair enough comment on the other side. And, the "Stop Sign" in red with the word NO and an Elephant in the background. All fair enough.
But, what about the bookmark sized insert with the dead elephant (that is to say, an elephant upside down with its legs in the air—Tango Uniform, as we would say in the fighter pilot dodge).
This is a death threat, is it not? And worse, it is a death threat using the image of an endangered species.
And what about the man arrested for a death threat against Rep Eric Cantor (R-VA)? The accused made two contributions to the Obama Campaign per the FEC. And, he apparently use of anti-Semitic comments about the Minority Whip.
Can we move away from this "your bullying is worse than my bullying" and get back to the issues of the day, including the size of the federal (and personal) debt, the question of how to deal with Iran, the question of how we get enough Primary Care Physicians in the proper places to meet the needs of the nation, the question of peace between Israel and its neighbors, the question of how we get a lot more jobs for people to work here in the US and on and on.
And let us keep in mind two things.
- No minority ever got credit for helping the majority pass some legislation, and,
- The duty of an opposition is to oppose.♠
Regards — Cliff
♠ William Safire attributes this to Lord Randolph Spencer Churchill. I have seen other attributions.