This video is from earlier this year, when Allen West made his stunningly idiotic remark, “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
Aside from the hair-raising bad grammar, having publicly made such a statement is rather incredible — and just goes to show how out of hand our public discourse has become. The new normal? West’s remarks were generally reported in the media as just another crazy remark made by a crazy guy — if they were reported at all, outside the liberal blogosphere.
While Allen West’s grotesque remarks reminded Bill Moyers of the horrible Joe McCarthy, when his ghost “slithered into the room,” this video made me think of the more recent, and equally contemptible, behavior of Darrell Issa and his completely bogus witch hunt against Attorney General Eric Holder.
Who is today’s Joseph N. Welch? Is there anyone on Capital Hill with the courage and integrity to say words to the effect of…
You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
I know we’ve been screaming it all along, but we’re just bloggers, you know. The media doesn’t like to admit or acknowledge that bloggers now do their jobs, while they rake in the big bucks to say, “We’ll just have to leave it there.”
Bill Moyers ends his comments with this:
So beware, Congressman West, beware: In the flammable pool of toxic paranoia that passes these days as patriotism in America, a single careless match can light an inferno. You would serve your country well to withdraw your remarks and apologize for them. But if not, perhaps there are members of your own party, as possessed of conscience and as courageous as that handful of Republicans who took on Joseph McCarthy, who will now abandon fear and throw cold water on your incendiary remarks.
No, I don’t think there are any members of the Republican party who will stop the likes of Allen West, Steve King, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, etc. As terrible as those times were in the McCarthy era, I believe they are worse now. The Republicans have shown time after time that they are perfectly happy with the birtherism, tentherism, and racism of its more vocal extremists. They will not shut the extremists down, nor will they ever disavow them in any convincing manner. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell can barely conceal their glee and their “wink and a nod” toward the teabagger crowd.
And today’s media? The band played on…
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