What a way for a Republican Presidential candidate like former Governor George Pataki (R-NY) to attract attention, by criticizing former Governor Mike Huckabee’s (R-AR) snarky cultural comment and allying with a celebrity celebrating his/her transgender metamorphosis.
Somehow, this seems even less likely to score with the Republican base than Senator Rand Paul implying that the GOP was responsible for ISIS.
While Huckabee’s flippant comment may mock, it does so to bolster a broader theme about defending traditional values, offers a reductio ad absurdum over the California transgender bathroom choice law and shows a sense of humor. Pataki’s comments seem steeped in political correctness, play upon celebutard worship and seem desperate for attention.
offensive characterization to this day. The Vice President should have
been more careful.” Surely, if a Republican or a Conservative would have uttered such an epithet, such a politico would not receive such a mild chiding and the news of the gaffe would lead the headlines in the Lamestream Media.
The so called Reverend William Barber II, a member of the NAACP Board of Directors, recently ignited a firestorm when Barber recognized Martin Luther King Day by pronouncing Senator Tim Scott as a puppet of the Republican Party. Barber’s exact barb was: “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy.”
The right Reverend feels wronged that the first black Senator since Reconstruction articulates a Tea Party agenda. Perhaps Barber forgot about Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA), Senator Carol Mosely Braun (D-IL), Senator Roland Burris (D-IL), now Senator Mo Cowan (D-MA) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). And of course there was Senator Barack Obama (D-IL). But to be charitable, perhaps Rev. Barber was referring to the South.
None the less, it is fascinating that Barber has the expectation both of group think for Blacks. Moreover, it shows the hypocrisy of the NAACP as a civil rights organization which it disses an African American who has achieved high office because he does not articulate liberal Democrat policy positions.
Furthermore, Barber uses insulting imagery to demean his bete noir. No wonder Thomas Sowell quipped that he was so old that he remembers when most of the people promoting racial hatred were white. When Barber rhetorically excoriated Senator Scott, Barber intimates that only Whites are part of the Tea Party and clearly he thinks ill of them.
When Rev. Barber was given a chance to walk back his tough talk on Senator Scott, he chose to play the prophet, for which he may profit in progressive political circles. Wonder what happened to all of the Democrat’s push for civility in public discourse. That’s right, it was a one way street.
While Barber may be a pastor at the Geenboro Christian Church Disciples of Christ Church, his uncharitable rhetoric and routed political thinking lends credence to having him lead the Church of the Poisoned Mind. Of course, he would have to compete against the Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
there were calls for civility in political discourse. In the aftermath of the Tucson shooting,Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said:
Being more mindful of the weight of our words always helps. We have
much more to gain than to lose from civility and discretion. …
Some may be inspired by the town halls of two Augusts ago. Others by
the heated election debates. Some may be motivated by the conversation that
started after Arizona. And many will seek more civility simply because it’s the
right thing to do. Whatever the reason, I hope the turn to more responsible
rhetoric is more than empty rhetoric. I intend to do my part.
opponents with the cudgel of civility via the Lamestream Media without moderating their raucous
rhetoric or correcting their faux pas.
called House Speaker John Boehner a coward for not standing up to anarchists in his own party who Reid implied precipitated the Federal Government shutdown. Reid also derided his
colleague Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as the “very junior Senator from Texas” who was acting as the “Joint House Speaker.”
“We all have to understand that these rules create a little bit of distance so senators are more likely to debate ideas and less likely to talk about personalities. And if we do that, we maintain a more civil decorum as a result. So I bring this matter to the attention of senators because we’ve
fallen out of this habit. It’s gotten worse the last month or so.”
So it’s OK to capture headlines and slander your opponents, and then give a tentative mea culpa “if I hurt your feelings”? Where does someone go to get their reputation back?
Friends” before rhetorically excoriating them. No wonder why so many ordinary people are turned off by politics.
fight. Cruz gave a short floor speech which exposed this Sham of Senate Civility to conceal political perfidy.
from Democrats as well as Cocktail Party Republicans who understand the earnestness of Tea Party conservatives who threaten their cushy
situations. Establishment Republicans
are content to go along to get along, cast symbolic votes which they can sell to their primary voters but do not mean anything.
with the status quo and the meaningless games politicos in Washington play rather
than fight for their ideals. Civilly telling the truth is a rarity between the beltways these days.