There isn’t much humor in the world for me lately with Representative John Lewis (D-GA) being called a ni@@er by loudmouth lowlifes posing as patriots. Can you watch Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) wipe a stranger’s spit from his face and not feel queasy? (Honest to God, it looks like there’s a white supremacist flag in the crowd near the end of the video.) Even a writer at Fox News (dot) com felt compelled to express his uneasiness with the volatility surrounding the health care reform debate.
The bill was so conservative. Even the Wall Street Journal made the observation that the reform package was modeled after Mitt Romney’s Universal Health Plan in Massachusetts. Frank Rich writes astutely in a NYT’s oped piece, The Rage is Not about Health Care. Rich notes the irrational hostility began when Obama looked poised to win the election in October 2008. Today’s tea partiers are the people who feel like they have lost their country because a black man is at the helm.
And it’s disheartening and unreal that Republicans would not sign a civility statement. It just shows there is no inclination toward decency in the party leadership. None. Instead, Glenn Beck is the voice–Glenn Beck who recently set new underachieving standards for imbeciles by chastising Representative Lewis for comparing himself to Civil Rights leaders. Lewis! the son of a sharecropper, the organizer of peaceful people in the cause of Civil Rights, an American hero who had his skull fractured by Alabama state troopers on Bloody Sunday in March of 1965–Lewis a man who has worked his whole life to make the nation fairer, striving for a more perfect Union.
The RNC would not act in the interest of America and stand with Democrats to shame the racists and vandals. They think they need the racists, or even worse, Republicans are afraid of them. If these tea party people will display such rancor in public, what will they do in secret? Rich was wise to invoke the memory of the murdered civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi.