The nasty post-election rhetoric of the hard right won’t abate — here and elsewhere.
It often starts at the top. “I support this week’s (September 23) Republican ‘you cut’ proposal to reduce the federal work force to its pre-Obama level by phasing out 188,000 new Obama bureaucrats,” said our Congressman Tom McClintock in a message posted on CABPRO’s website this morning.
“New Obama bureaucrats”? How about “federal workers”? The bailout that created many of the jobs passed in both houses of Congress. It’s over.
Here’s how the bi-partisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, led by a Democrat and a Republican, handled the issue.
“Cut the federal workforce by 10 percent (2-for-3 replacerement rate). This proposal would reduce the federal workforce by 200,000 by 2020.”
A little more respectful isn’t it?
•This is the same Congressman who said it’s time to replace the “left wing” clerk-recorder.
•It’s also the same Congressman who said wrote a letter of “support” for a local broadband grant stating, “My support for the project should in no way be interpreted as an endorsement of AARA, which I believe was one of the most ill-advised acts ever passed.” The grant lost.
•It’s also the same Congressman who said to his supporters “agitate in every forum you can” and “take back” the White House.
And according to Tom, “Ironically, in Reagan’s home state, Republicans tried to campaign to the left of the Democrats and the result was disastrous.” Our Congressman wouldn’t even endorse the GOP’s own candidate for governor.
Let’s also not forget that our Congressman talks out both sides of his mouth: Though he likes to rail against government spending, he’s a big spender on Congressional mass mail (funded by taxpayers) to promote himself. The details are here.
There’s also a misperception that Tom “won” our county by a wide margin. But the latest election results show McClintock holding on to a mere 2 point lead when you add the results of his opponents — Clint Curtis and Ben Emery — against him. What kind of “mandate” is that?
TOM MCCLINTOCK (REP) 19,291 51.1%
CLINT CURTIS (DEM) 13,984 37.1%
BENJAMIN “BEN” EMERY (GRN) 4,468 11.8%
“By the way Ben, congratulations again on winning the Congressional race in Truckee,” as one reader observed.
Around here some spokespeople for the hard right rhetoric — including a former county Supervisor and CABPRO founder — has resorted to calling people “Nazi’s” who don’t toe their political line.
“Whoops, Godwin’s Law violation,” as one reader wrote. “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches,” said another, who defined this. “In other words, Godwin put forth the sarcastic observation that, given enough time, all discussions—regardless of topic or scope—inevitably end up being about Hitler and the Nazis.”
Sounds like a bottom of the barrel discussion to me.
Exit question: Is the hard right uniting, or dividing us, with its post-election rhetoric? What are we going to do about it? After all, most of us are “in the middle.”
Here’s a well-publicized video of Rand Paul supporters stomping on a woman’s head.
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