Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Worse Kind (Kline) of Republican

 In a interview with AP, former Rep. Bob Inglis (R -SC) a conservative who helped lead the impeachment of Bill Clinton, said the Republican Party had become poisoned by demagogues and racists. Inglis singled out the oft-repeated (but false) claim that there were "death panels" in the health care reform bill.
"There were no death panels in the bill ... and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership. It's not leadership. It's demagoguery,"
Inglis said voters eventually will discover that you're "preying on their fears" and turn away and that it distracts for the real problems that politicians should be resolving like the deficit.

For the past year, Congressman John Kline’s critiques of President Obama’s health care plan has centered on issues such as 'death panels', coverage for illegal immigrants, subsidies for abortion, and proposed Medicare cuts. Taken together, these types false criticisms have helped to build confusion and opposition to many Democratic initiatives and reforms, but they have done nothing to advance any alternative vision for reform or resolution of issues. Their sole purpose is to drive a wedge into the issues, cause anger, and allow misinformation, hysteria, and the politics-of-fear tactics to prevail over debate and discussion and resolution.

Instead of engaging in honest and rigorous debate about the economic (insert your issue here!) and policy issues related to reform, John Kline has kept the conversation stuck on fear rhetoric like 'bureaucrats and government growing out of control', or 'crippling deficit'. There are too many legitimate concerns, issues, and problems to let blatant falsehoods, fear mongering and wedge policies mire down the conversation with false and misleading tactics. Promoting delusion, half-facts and conspiracy theories aren't leadership traits instead it's the worse KLINE of Republican!

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