Friday, February 5, 2021

What the Last Four Years of Hate and Division Have Unleashed

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was stripped of her committee assignments on Thursday. House Republicans who voted against the measure want us to believe that Democrats were once again engaged in what they call "cancel culture" against someone they simply disagree with. That is absurd, as is demonstrated by this clip of the speech by Rep. Steny Hoyer. 

But the move to sanction a member of the House for that kind of rhetoric wasn't simply about Rep. Greene. Regardless of how you feel about Rep. Rashida Tlaib's politics, it is impossible to ignore the terror she has lived with since before she was even sworn into office. 

I wish every person in this country would watch those two clips. The democracy we claim to revere is threatened when the opposition is dehumanized and made to fear for their lives. That is what the last four years of hate and division have unleashed. We HAVE to do better. 

 

2 comments:

  1. It's always interesting to note how one who claims to be 'harassed' or 'punished unjustly' turns into the playground bully stereotype. It's not only a human injustice to decry the work or opinions of others, but to let opinions or wild-eyed nonsense go unchallenged is to once again ignore the bully in the room and effectively do nothing to support those whose views are otherwise legitimate. MJT can go fly a kite in a windstorm as far as I'm concerned; but, I'm willing to listen to those whose very positions of responsibility are being unjustly criticized. Yes, the public needs to be aware of these acrimonious incidents. And, no, none of my comment above is intended to excuse liars and those who would try to excuse themselves by lying. (I'm probably thinking of a certain junior senator from the state of MO.)

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    1. You make such a good point about the need to listen.

      Interesting that you mention the junior senator from MO. He is the subject of my latest post :-)

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