We just spent almost eight years in which in which Republicans or their like implied that their political foes were in sympathy with terrorists. Why are Democrats now so eager to do the same?
[Indiana Congressman Baron Hill] has been speaking to hospital groups, local chambers of commerce and civic clubs and appeared Tuesday before the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. He said he plans to hold small town halls that he can control, though his office still was working out details.
“I don't mind people disagreeing with you, but just to blow up a meeting is an act of political terrorism,” he said in an interview.
Democrats like Hill, considered a moderate, and Karen Bass, considered not a moderate, plan to continue the pattern, of which their party once complained, in which anyone who disagrees with their policies is to be called a terrorist.
Politicians like Hill and Bass are evidently unused to dealing with raucous protest from people paying to watch their performances. Stand-up comedians, who go through similar ordeals, refer to loud-mouthed dunces in their audiences as hecklers. Good comedians, and for that matter good politicians, view such people as an opportunity for humor, to win over the audience.
In 2002 and even 2003, I could laugh at a stand-up comedian referring to a heckler as a "terrorist," to make a larger point. I could laugh at a politician doing the same, though he probably wouldn't get the joke. But the humor is played out, the joke is old, and it has been for years. If calling angry constituents terrorists is the best our politicians can do, what America needs most isn't health care reform.
It's more comedians in Congress, and a big wooden hook to drag the Baron Hills off the stage.
Via Radley Balko.