I wonder if for some in the GOP, the recent wave of political violence and violent rhetoric against Democratic members of Congress may be becoming a cause of genuine concern. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is about as conservative as they come, but he seems to be smacking some sanity back into the GOP - at least rhetorically. In a town hall meeting, Coburn rebuked
a woman who claimed that one could be hauled off to jail for not buying health insurance if one fails to buy health insurance, and cautioned against the Fox propaganda channel.
“What we have to have is make sure we have a debate in this country so that you can see what's going on and make a determination yourself,” Coburn added and then again warned the crowd against the myths perpetrated on FOX News.
“So don't catch yourself being biased by FOX News that somebody is no good. The people in Washington are good. They just don't know what they don't know,” Coburn said.
I agree with Sen. Coburn for once. Whatever our political differences, the culture of demonization
must stop. For the record, I very much long for a day in American politics adorned by sound, reasoned debate between conservatives and liberals - on our governing philosophies and records.