Congressional Democrats have the rare opportunity to immediately put their rhetoric into practice this week, as the House begins discussing the repeal of ObamaCare.
In the wake of the heinous attack against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, liberal Democrats around the country blamed "violent rhetoric" from the Right for creating an environment in which the Tucson shooting was an inevitable outcome. On Jan. 8, Giffords was shot in the head outside a Safeway during her annual "Congress on Your Corner" event. Tucson resident Jared Loughner is accused of the shooting, which wounded 18 people and killed six.
Most pundits doubt the ultimate success of the effort to repeal the health care "reforms" implemented last year by President Barack Obama and his cohorts in the House and Senate. Nevertheless, House Republicans believe the symbolic act of handing Senate Democrats a repeal bill will force the majority party to address the more controversial aspects of the health care reform act. The GOP is hoping for a meaningful dialogue.
That's where it could get dicey. It will be interesting to see if Congressional liberals will continue to demonize the Right and accuse them of using "violent imagery" in their dialogue. During the 2009 debate over a potential public option in the bill, Congressman Alan Grayson unveiled signs on the House Floor that read, "The Republican Health Care Plan: Die Quickly." Technically, Grayson was "using violent imagery," even though it was completely hyperbolic and without a shred of truth. But since the Florida Democrat was accusing the GOP of saying this, the Left defended his right to use this kind of rhetoric. After all, he wasn't saying it, the Republicans were saying it.
Will anything change in the debate this time around? Or will Democrats continue to see their over-the-top rhetoric defended by their liberal allies in the media?
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