Monday, April 23, 2012
Barack Obama recently declared that he would "lead by example" in bringing civility back into political discourse...but apparently, he's as incapable of leading in that area as in any other.
Because David Axelrod, Obama's senior campaign strategist, just took to the airwaves to denounce Mitt Romney and other republicans of being "in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged the party to the right."
Clearly, such an ugly and incendiary remark would be considered uncivil if it couldn't be backed up with facts. Which is why Axelrod then trotted out the long list of mass murders, bombings, and public executions which the Tea Party Right is responsible for and...
Oh wait, no he didn't. Because he couldn't.
But he did say that conservatives are waging a "reign of terror" by not supporting Obama's "everybody in, all you can eat!" immigration policy (and Janet Napolitano's new "Unlawful Presence Waivers" which give illegals a free pass on deportation).
In other words, Axelrod threw out the libelous insult for no reason at all, other than to inject a little more poison into the national dialogue...and because he knows that the media will give him a free pass when he presents defense of our nation's jobs and borders as being as morally unacceptable as the 9/11 attacks.
Per today's cartoon, all of this puts Hope n' Change in mind of Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky," in which an epic - but somewhat vague - battle is described with impressive words which impart feeling but actually make no sense at all.
Which, sadly, will be indistinguishable from the rhetoric of Obama's reelection campaign.
But this time, when the vorpal swords go snicker snack, the real victims will be be truth and civility.