I am sorry to report that I will be offering more of an opinion piece on someone else’s work this evening. However, as I begin writing this it is already 2:50 am and I have no time to write a massive research piece. The good news is Mrs. Weapon is feeling a bit better and, as such, we were able to spend the evening hanging out and actually enjoying each other’s company (which means we hung out and watched Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, which I can tolerate and even sometimes enjoy). Unfortunately her medication knocked her out all day so she is still up at this time of night, never a good thing for her. But she is recovering. It looks like she may get to return to work by the end of next week. But for now, she is up and moving around, which is a good thing. As for tonight, I again reach out to quickly discuss an article offered by someone else. It is a topic I though of covering, but I will instead simply offer my thoughts on what this author is saying on the subject. The guest commentary article for tomorrow is already written, which means tomorrow night I can hang out with my wife without any guilt, LOL.
Republican Leaders Call on Pelosi to Rein In Grayson
Chad Pergram @ Fox News
Republican leaders on Thursday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “rein in” Florida Rep. Alan Grayson after he said Republicans want Americans to “die quickly” if they get sick and compared the health care crisis to a holocaust.
“I think it’s time for the Democratic leaders and the speaker of the House herself to rein in the rhetoric that she decried just several weeks ago,” House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “And if he’s not going to apologize to the American people and to Republicans as he should, really, that’s the Democratic leadership’s responsibility to have a conversation with their own member,” Boehner added.
Grayson’s remarks inflamed an already divisive national debate on health care reform, the rhetoric of which has included Nazi symbols, charges of planned death panels and disruptive protests at town hall meetings hosted by lawmakers.
“We ought to be able to have an honest, calm debate about health care …without disparaging each other,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday, commenting on the latest developments.
House Republicans, seeking payback after Democrats succeeded in voting to reprimand South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson last month for shouting “You Lie!” at President Obama during his address to Congress, are planning to introduce a resolution of disapproval for Grayson’s remarks.
A spokesman for Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga, who prepared the resolution, said he would not introduce it Thursday.
“Mr. Grayson’s actions on the floor were an embarrassment to this Congress and warrant an apology both to his colleagues and, more importantly, to the people of his district who he insulted on the House floor,” Price’s spokesman, Brendan Buck, said in a written statement.
“It is the job of the Speaker to ensure the House runs with proper decorum, and we would hope that she would not tolerate such behavior,” he added.
Pelosi said Thursday that anyone using harsh rhetoric to raise fears about health care reform should apologize and get on with writing policy — and that includes people in her own Democratic caucus.
“We have to have a public debate that is not distracting,” she told reporters Thursday at her weekly press conference.
But she added that she believes Republicans are holding Democrats to a higher standard than their own members.
“You have seen the statements that are regularly made by the Republicans on the floor about issues that relate to death,” she said.
If anybody is going to apologize, she added, everybody should, and heated rhetoric shouldn’t get in the way of the complex job of overhauling the health care system.
But Republicans interpreted Pelosi’s comments as a tacit endorsement of Grayson’s behavior.
“The only thing lower than the Speaker’s actions — or inaction — are her ever-worsening public approval ratings,” Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a written statement.
“By refusing to call on Alan Grayson to apologize, Nancy Pelosi is tacitly endorsing the despicable actions of an unstable congressman and casting her lot in with the extremist wing of her party,” he said.
Grayson, meanwhile, was steadfast in his refusal to apologize.
“No, not at all,” he said when asked if he regretted comparing the health care crisis to a holocaust. “My goodness, there are 44,000 people who die every year in the U.S. because of no health care.”
Grayson rejected the notion that he went too far with his comparison.
“Let’s not get hung up on words, let’s get hung up on deeds,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what words we use to describe it. It matters that they are dead and we have to save them.”
Grayson said he has received an “overwhelmingly positive” response from the public over his remarks.
“People are excited a congressman is finally telling it like it is,” he said. “A congressman with guts.”
But most political analysts believe Grayson went too far with his remarks.
“He’s getting a lot of attention because he clearly went overboard with the holocaust analogy,” political analyst Juan Williams told FOX News.
“Whenever I hear politicians use that and it’s unfortunate how frequent it comes, it seems to me an invitation to be marginalized and ignored because they have no sense of history,” he said, adding “it’s just offensive to be blunt about it.”
Allow me to remain in the middle on this one. It is easy for me to do since I am fairly disgusted with the childish games that both sides continue to play around this. First from the point of the Republicans. I understand their being upset. What this jackass from Florida said was really pretty offensive. And I can agree that when Democrats are offering resolutions on the House floor to disapprove of Joe Wilson’s idiotic outburst, they certainly should be doing the same to a person who compares this to something as nasty as the holocaust. As for his statement that Republicans want Americans to hurry up and die. Who cares. This is the kind of inane nonsense that comes out of these politicians gaping mouths every day. But I do see the Republican’s point on the hypocrisy of the Democratic leadership not stepping forward and condemning this statement.
Next to the Democrats. They have control of the House. So Republicans had better start to realize that and understand that whatever petty games they want to play with resolutions like the Joe Wilson thing, they are going to play. The Republicans would have done the same thing if the roles were reversed. I don’t understand the Speaker of the House not at least telling Grayson that he should offer an apology. After all, Wilson offered one to the public and the White House immediately. I do, however, agree with Pelosi’s statement about the increasingly harsh rhetoric and how it must stop. Unfortunately I don’t think she really meant it in the least. I think the Speaker is like every other piece of trash in DC, they thrive when they can keep America bitterly divided. And I recognize that the Democrats must think it awful hypocritical that the Republicans are pretending to be offended after some of the things they have said publicly.
I will say this, though. I do agree that the Speaker’s statements and inaction thus far DO indicate an endorsement of this statement. However, this lack of leadership is exactly what I expected from her on the day that she assumed the role of Speaker of the House. She is an extremely far left liberal. There is no denying that. And as such, she is going to endorse marginalizing the opposition through statements of ridicule and statements that distort the position of the “enemy” in a way that demonizes them. She is, after all, a member of the Saul Alinsky fan club.
But my overall thought is this: This is simply another example of the games that these two parties play. The rhetoric back and forth, each demonizing the positions of the other side in a way that is meant to elicit an emotional response from the public. I don’t believe for a second that Grayson has regular voters telling him they like what he did or any of that “finally a Congressman with guts telling it like it is” bullshit. Since when do any of these 535 elitists actually talk to any of the commoners outside of during campaign season?
I see the fact that this story is gaining any traction as a sign that members of Congress want it to gain traction. And that is because both sides love the idea of a distraction. This is simply another diversion, much like the whole Olympics controversy, that allows them to go about screwing us all while we are distracted with this unimportant bullshit. Yes the democrats are hypocrites. Yes the Republicans are hypocrites. Tell us something we don’t already know. My best advice is to see this for what it is….. Further proof that it is time for us to eliminate all 535 of these dumbasses and find 535 people dedicated to reducing federal government’s scope, size, and reach. The great thing is that they continue to give us a new reason to hate them all each and every day.
They think they are in control. I think they are oblivious to the bus that is coming their way. The American people are starting to realize that donkeys and elephants are both bad for us. We are looking for Eagles.