Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rep. Jim Moran: Seriously?

He looks angry, doesn't he? Anyway, we all know that politicians are prone to say stupid things from time to time. Rinse and repeat, so to speak. Foot-in-mouth is in their nature, and it seems like there is no fixing it. In this edition of Seriously?, I'll introduce you to Representative Jim Moran of Virginia. Mr. Moran is a Democrat, and as such is prone to say stupid things about conservatives, much like Tucker Carlson, Glenn Beck and others are prone to do toward the left.

Per Fox News (here), Rep. Moran, in an interview following the State of the Union Address, "blam[ed] his party's losses last November in large part on voters who 'don't want to be governed by an African-American.'" He then compared the current political climate to the one which existed just prior to the Civil War. Wait, seriously?

Jim, I don't mean to be flippant, but are you really pulling the race card out to explain why your party lost so many seats in Congress last fall? Isn't that an amateur move at this point? I, for one, can think of many reasons why your party performed so poorly this past election: reckless spending, disenchantment with a platform consisting of nothing more than buzzwords, disappointment over an economy which is still struggling to get back on its feet. Perhaps voters are becoming disillusioned with President Obama and the Democratic leaders in Congress. Maybe the health care legislation wasn't as popular as your party tried to make it sound. I'm surprised you weren't aware of all these things...wait a minute:
"In this case a lot of people in this country, it's my belief, don't want to be governed by an African-American, particularly one who is inclusive, who is liberal, who wants to spend money on everyone and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society. And that's a basic philosophical clash," Moran said.
Let me get this straight: you recognize that President Obama (and the previous Congress) is inclusive, quite liberal, and wants to spend spend spend - all things which the public is certainly capable of disagreeing with - yet you still feel the need to accuse non-Democratic voters of essentially being racist? These sorts of statements should be unacceptable in today's political environment; unfortunately, we as voters continue to elect individuals with no ability to think about what they are going to say before they say it. We live in the greatest country in the world and this is the best Virginia's 8th District can do? Let's hope that in 2012 we can write Mr. Moran a pink slip; and no, Jim, it isn't because of the color of your skin or President Obama's. I just prefer my nation's leaders to be at least somewhat tactful and respectful; I hope that isn't too much to ask.

And so on...

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