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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dangerous rhetoric

Texas Republican Representative Joe Barton just revealed his darker side. Or maybe it's just his foolish side or his dangerous side. Whatever it is, it's wrong and we should not accept rhetoric such as that which Barton used in an e-mail to his party members urging them to vote for him as Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. What's worse is that this man is an elected representative serving the public. These are words you just don't utter about the President of the United States: ""Speaker Boehner is our Dwight Eisenhower in the battle against the Obama Administration. Majority Leader Cantor is our Omar Bradley. I want to be George Patton - put anything in my scope and I will shoot it.""


I don't know about you, but when I vote for someone, I want them to be reasoned, intelligent human beings who have thought about issues and don't say stupid, embarrassing, incendiary comments such as Barton wrote, above. This is inexcusable. There are other words for what he said. Imagine if a Democrat had said such a thing about President Bush. There would have been a terrible outcry from the Republicans and hopefully also the Democrats. Where are the Republicans censuring this kind of talk? At the least, Barton should not be chosen to chair this committee. Do people think this kind of behavior is befitting of an elected public official? Where has common sense gone?

10 comments:

  1. What is the problem with a figure of speech that is discernible by most common sense members of the public?

    It's like saying I want to nuke all of the gun laws that violate our 2nd Amendment rights. I do.

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  2. When those figures of speech are used by public officials to intimate violence against a sitting President, it becomes more than a figure of speech. It is not O.K. for one elected official to say things like Barton said publicly. I'm sure a lot is said privately, but when things like this are acceptable in public, it diminishes public discourse and makes the public think that violence may be an alternative. And, by the way, for others responding to this post, I don't believe you can find an example of a Democrat using language such as this about President Bush publicly.

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  3. Ask and you shall receive:

    http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/9/4/101101.shtml

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  4. Here's another example of what could logically be assumed to be democrats:

    http://www.binscorner.com/pages/d/death-threats-against-bush-at-protests-i.html

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  5. Thanks. You found something. " It is illegal to threaten the president with physical violence." Obviously nothing was done to charge Senator Landrieu.

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  6. Nothing was done because it was a figure of speech - just like Joe Barton.

    I don't agree with Barton, nor his choice of words -- but that doesn't make it illegal.

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  7. On the second link, those are pretty much the same as the Tea Party signs that have been at rallies. They were not elected officials. But I stand corrected about the first one. Threats of violence are not acceptable.

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  8. Pat- yes it is illegal as it clearly says in the link you provided.

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  9. Nope -- it's illegal to threaten the president directly. To pick nits, in reading his exact words and the slides -- he doesn't do so.

    Landrieu and the protestors are actually threatening the sitting president DIRECTLY with violence! There's a difference.

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  10. japete, I agree that's not the kind of guy I'd want in any office. He spouts that stupid talk in order to pander to the numbskulls who respond well to that kind of thing. Then every once in a while you've got some nut who takes it literally.

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