Tuesday, September 13, 2011

At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency?

I keep wondering when an adult Republican is going to suggest to the rest of his (yeah, his, the guys are still in charge) party that it is one of two major political parties in the country, and both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution suggest that one of the country's values is that we can hold differences of opinion on governance and still respect each other.

Or, perhaps, in a more pithy style: Wishing for your fellow citizens' deaths is ugly, not to mention undemocratic.

Others may call the Republicans on their horrific rhetoric and policies, but they, of course, are shameless partisans. And the MSM is desperately trying to make the Republicans sound sane.

But, please. Just the idea of two "debates" within a week indicates the disrespect Republicans have for their fellow citizens, even when those citizens are Republicans. Each little splinter group has to have its own debate, with the candidates trying to outdo each other in teh crazy.

So I guess there'll be no adult leadership from Republicans. Hey, publicity is good as long as they spell your name right.

The title quote is from Joseph Welch to Joseph McCarthy, Republican senator from Wisconsin, in 1954. Welch was chief counsel for the Army, which McCarthy was attacking as a den of Communists. It was a striking enough thing for him to say that McCarthy's divisiveness was made clear to the country. There seems to be no equivalent possible in today's world.

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