Commentary Magazine


More Examples of Liberal Civility

During the weekend, in a speech in San Diego, Representative Maxine Waters said the following about Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:

I saw pictures of Boehner and Cantor on our screens. Don’t ever let me see again, in life, those Republicans in our hall, on our screens, talking about anything. These are demons. These are legislators who are destroying this country rather than bringing us together, creating jobs, making sure we have a good tax policy, bringing our jobs from back offshore, incentivizing those who keep their jobs here. They are bringing down this country, destroying this country, because they can.

Often we speak about “demonizing” political opponents. In the case of Waters, she has literally attempted to demonize Boehner and Cantor.

On the plus side, it’s yet another insight into the insane rage that consumes many on the left. And the one person we can count on not to chastise Waters is the one person whose criticism would make a difference: Barack Obama. The man who routinely lectures the nation on civility when it comes to the right never says a word when the offenses are committed by the left. Which indicates (as if it were even a question at this point), that what’s motivating Obama is not a genuine commitment to civil public discourse. It’s narrow partisan interests.

This is what “hope and change” look like in practice.