If the GOP Doesn’t Like Our National Discourse, it Should Look in the Mirror
I’m sorry but a little perspective is in order. Yes, that happened yesterday was tragic and awful. I very much hope that Congressman Scalise will be ok.
What that shooter did was indefensible and wrong. No one should every engage in political violence regardless of their politics. A few reasons for this:
1. First of all and most important, it’s morally wrong and indefensible. Full stop. In our democratic system of government we believe in the rule of law. While throwing the bums out if a veritable US tradition that means through legal means at the ballot box, period.
Any sort of attempt to try to achieve political aims-no matter what they are; even if they are in themselves laudable aims-must be rejected. Full stop.
2. And even from a wholly pragmatic, instrumental view, it’s counterproductive.
“In the wake of this crime, as after the Gabby Giffords attack in 2011, we’ll soon be talking about whether and when political rhetoric goes too far. It’s an important conversation to have, and the fact that the president of the United States is himself the country’s noisiest inciter of political violence does not give license to anyone else to do the same. Precisely because the president has put himself so outside the boundary of political decency, it is vitally important to define and defend that border. President Trump’s delight in violence against his opponents is something to isolate and condemn, not something to condone or emulate.”
“The good news for American society is that this isolation and condemnation will happen. Across the political spectrum, there is only revulsion. The danger in acts of political violence like this is that some unscrupulous people will use this crime to write a narrative of victimhood to justify their own preparations for political violence in what they will wrongly regard as self-defense.”
The big threat as Frum identifies, is that those who the shooter believed himself opposed to will actually use his actions for an excuse for their own political violence.
The media has talked about whether this time we will have a rethink about our political discourse. To be quite frank, I doubt it.
After all, simply saying everyone has to be nicer doesn’t get at the root of the problem. There actually are very good reasons to be angry at the Republican party and the way it has comported itself the last 25 years.
Again, remember what I said up top-there is no excuse for political violence, even if you do have some legitimate righteous outrage. The Alexandria shooter seems to me to have been deeply disturbed in addition to what ever politics he supported. He had a problem with violence and the law going back 11 years. Indeed, I know it will be seen as politicizing it to mention gun control, but it’s amazing to realize that this shooter had in the past been out firing his gun in rapid succession and the police let him go, because, his paper work was in order.
“We’ll learn more about when the Alexandria murderer decided on his crime, and whether his weapon was legally acquired. The commonwealth of Virginia certainly did its utmost to ease his way, however, by conferring the legal right to move about with an openly brandished rifle. (The City of Alexandria, though, where the shooting took place, bars the open carry of assault weapons.)”
If Democrats mention this, especially now that the GOP was the one targeted, they will be reproached for politicizing the tragedy. But the GOP has no trouble with politicizing a tragedy, just in a way in line with their own political preferences.
The fact that the shooter was allowed to openly brandish a rifle might be worth looking at. But, that doesn’t interest Republicans.
Ironic. Members of congress who routinely vote with the @NRA to allow guns everywhere are moving their offices to courthouses out of fear.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 15, 2017
No, they see the root of the problem that Democrats are too stridently critical of the so-called President.
Nancy Pelosi has rightly had enough of it:
“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lambasted Republicans on Thursday, calling some conservative lawmakers “sanctimonious” for blaming Democrats after Wednesday’s shooting that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others wounded.”
“Coming just hours before the bipartisan congressional baseball game, Pelosi was somewhat hesitant when asked by reporters about the criticism of the left, in light of the shooting.”
“I don’t even want to go into the president of the United States in terms of the language he has used,” Pelosi said.
“Nevertheless, upon a follow-up question, Pelosi cited President Donald Trump’s rhetoric as a problem in the national discourse.”
“If the president says, ‘I can shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and nobody would care,’ when you have somebody say, ‘Beat them up and I’ll pay their legal fees,’ when you have all the assaults that are made on Hillary Clinton,” the California representative said in her weekly news conference. “For them to be so sanctimonious is something that I really am almost sad that I had to go down this path with you because I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to have the fullest discussion of it.”
Very good point. Trump has yet to apologize for saying he can shoot someone on 5th Ave and get away with it. He has yet to apologize to President Obama for slandering him for six years on the birther thing-beyond compounding it with a lie about Hillary Clinton.
Pelosi is also right where the nastiness started:
Pelosi said the toxic political discourse stems back to the early 1990s.
“Somewhere in the 1990s, Republicans decided on the politics of personal destruction as they went after the Clintons and that is the provenance of it,” Pelosi said. “And that’s what has continued.”
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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