On the heels of President Obama himself diving into the gutter by comparing Republicans who oppose raising the debt ceiling as having “a gun at the head of the American people”, we have a New York Democrat Assemblyman comparing those same Republicans to suicide bombers.
New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler called for Congress to abolish the debt ceiling, comparing congressional Republicans to “suicide” bombers for supporting spending cuts which exceed any increase in the debt limit.
“Paul Krugman used the example on TV the other day — said it’s like somebody wearing a suicide bomb vest walking into a crowded place saying, ‘I’ll blow up the place if you don’t give me what I want.’ That’s exactly what it is,” said Nadler, the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on Wednesday at the Capitol.
“I use the analogy in speeches saying that it’s like a 1930s movie: ‘Nice economy you’ve got over there, pity if it should have to blow up if you don’t pay me off.’ and that’s what’s going on here.”
So we have Democrats, the media, and the President of the United States all in lockstep as painting Republicans as terrorists once again.
The calming influence of President New Tone is no more.
Where once the President had denounced discourse that places “the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do”, we hear Republicans blamed for holding the American people hostage to their economic policies. Where once we were urged to talk “with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds”, we now hear conservatives being denounced as terrorists.
It is enough to make one wonder, where did our healing President go? Where is the man that calmed during a time of toxic rhetoric? Where is the man who urged Americans to talk in a way that helped, rather than harmed?
That man is a myth. He simply does not exist.
We will never hear the President denounce such vile language from his side of the aisle. In fact, we consistently hear the drone of silence from a supposed leader, where such silence equates to consent.
It’s disgusting, and it has to stop.
But it won’t. The President and his colleagues, the media, all believe that his re-election has provided a green light to belittle and attack his opposition.