Two separate incidents indicate that any “civility” brought forth by the Tuscon Massacre is going to be short lived…
Funny thing happens when you become House speaker: Everyone starts parsing your every move for hidden meaning. Such is the case with John Boehner’s rejection of President Obama’s invite to the state dinner tonight with Hu Jintao. For the record, that’s the third official presidential invitation he’s declined, including receptions for Indian and Mexican leaders, notes AOL News. Boehner also turned down Obama’s invite to fly on Air Force One to a Tucson memorial service.
Boehner’s aides say it’s no big deal, that their boss just doesn’t like formal dinners. But “the question becomes whether the speaker, who’s second in line in presidential succession, has a greater responsibility to appear at these kind of events,” writes MSNBC’s First Read blog.
If Boehner isn’t capable of fulfilling the politi-social obligations of his office… Perhaps he needs to join Michael Steele.
In remarks on the House floor Tuesday night, Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen likened the Republican attack on health care reform to the propagation of false rhetoric in Nazi Germany.
Cohen, who apparently spoke to a largely empty chamber, was arguing on behalf of health care reform law during floor debate over the GOP’s bill to repeal it.
“They don’t like the truth so they summarily dismiss it,” said Cohen, who is Jewish. “They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like [Nazi propagandist Joseph] Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing.”
“Blood libel” is a historically anti-Semetic term that was used for centuries to accuse Jews of murdering Christian children in order to use their blood in religious ceremonies. The term came back to consciousness last week when Sarah Palin accused the media of “blood libel” over blame following the Tucson shootings.
In his remarks, Cohen warned against the repetition of false information – using the Holocaust to exemplify his point. “The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it and you had the Holocaust,” he railed. “You tell a lie over and over again. And we’ve heard it on this floor: Government takeover of health care.”
“We heard in August 2009 that there were death panels… Everybody agrees now that was a big lie,” Cohen continued. “Just like government takeover of health care is a big lie.”
Bit over the top. Yes the Republicans are lying about health care, Yes they are using the “Big Lie” propaganda technique perfected by Goebbels…
But most of them aren’t Nazis… That would be the Tea Party faction.