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Just who deserves an apology?Posted Friday, August 21, 2009, at 10:32 AM
Here's an example of partisan politics at their worst.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, a Republican who is actively campaigning for governor, is urging supporters to sign a petition demanding an apology from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who were critical of disruptions at town hall meetings.
"These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views--but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American," Pelosi and Hoyer wrote in USA Today earlier this week.
And Ramsey responds, "I've read it over and over and still can't believe my eyes." He says Pelosi and Hoyer (and, he bets, the Obama Administration" are "calling voters who voice their opinion 'un-American.' "
Look closely. There's a massive difference between the terms "voicing their opinion" and "drowning out." Ramsey says nothing about the tactic (that's what it is, a tactic) of drowning out an opponent -- completely keeping one side from being heard -- and misrepresents Pelosi and Hoyer, who are saying absolutely nothing against voters calmly, even firmly, speaking out.
Here's an example from supposed pro-GOP Fox News, of all places, courtesy of YouTube.
Reminds me of inmature kids throwing a temper tantrum till they get their way..and just like we've seen Democrats do as well.
And it seems like anyone who is truly confident of their position can defend it without resorting to abusive shouting and screaming.
I agree with Ramsey on some issues, including his comments that people should speak out at meetings and elected officials should "listen to the American people." That includes listening to all sides of an issue, Ron.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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