Just how mean are these people? As we see in this story (click!) the GOP convention on Saturday will be asked to ponder a resolution chastising Sen. Bennett for introducing a health care reform bill.
Now, keep in mind, this is a bill that went nowhere. It didn’t get out of committee. I’m not even sure he got it introduced. It was a bi-partisan effort to head off Democratic reform (which did pass) that he floated back two years ago, and while it had it’s problems, at least it was an effort to fulfill what all politicians claim, that they want to be part of the solution.
No they don’t. Not in today’s new and improved tea-party GOP. They want absolute purity. The rush to run Bennett out must include careful analysis of every thought he might have had that failed the Glenn Beck litmus test of conservative purity.
I honestly feel sorry for Bennett. I also feel sorry for our country if these wing-nuts stomping him into the ground ever gain power. They’ll hold all of us to the same standard — their way or the highway. Such self-rightousness is one step away from tyrany, if that much.
Religious fanatics in the Middle East follow the same tactic, and look how life there is.
PS — I see where Kathleen Parker, at the Washington Post, has written similarly to me about Sen. Bennett. (Click!) Is that how she wins her Pulitzer, by stealing my ideas?
Seriously, though, Kathleen is another of those few brave actual real conservatives who have the stones to confront the bullies and screamers for what they are. Not that it will do Sen. Bennett any good.
But her warning is the same as mine: Once these demagogues take power, will anyone have the power to oppose them? They enforce their own brand of political correctness very ruthlessly. Remember how the Karl Roves of the world were not shy about accusing opponents of Bush of commiting treason during the run-up and first year of the Iraq war?
People who refuse to consider compromise are not the kind of people anyone wants in charge.