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Sunday, March 13, 2011

A What?

Former Labor Secretary, The Honorable Professor Robert Reich, said:
Governor Scott Walker and his Wisconsin senate Republicans have laid bare the motives for their coup d'etat.
He said WHAT?

Can we please work with English here?  My dictionary says a coup d'étatis
a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government:  he was overthrown in an army coup.
I know Dr Reich was writing on his own blog, later picked up by the Huffington Post, but still, this is a little much.

What ever happened to that "new civility" our President advocated for after the shootings in Tucson?

To me to cry "coup d'état" is to cry "fire" in a crowded theater.

Now, if it was California and Governor Walker and his band of Republicans showed up and changed the laws, that might be seen as a coup d'état.  Sort of like when Democrat Willie Brown was reelected Speaker of the California State Assembly even though the Republicans were in the majority.

Regards  —  Cliff


Craig H said...

Construing this as incivility misses both the primary and prima facie point of its basic illiteracy, as well as the greater point that accusing a guy like Reich of illiteracy wounds far deeper than any expression of hurt feelings ever could.

Jack Mitchell said...

Cliff is teasing the meme shift, seeing where it falls.

Conservatives have always been enamored with the idea of "political correctness" and how it can be used as a trap. In hockey terms, Jacques Lemaire's herding of the puck carrier comes to mind.

Obama has rebranded PC as civility.

So, Cliff fondles the new toy.