Democratic Representative from California, Maxine Waters, called Republicans, specifically House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor “demons” at a California Democratic State Convention earlier this month.
An editorial from the Washington times called, “Republicans need to stand up against Waters racist rhetoric” states, “The Republicans will always be called demons and devils until they learn how to fight back with logic and solution to urban social subsidized issues versus the emotional rhetoric coming from democrat leaders like Waters who has a method to her oratory madness. A method that is effective against the Republicans.” So, the name calling will continue until they (republicans) can fight back with logic?
The name calling did not stop there, Eric Bolling from Fox News responded to Waters’ rant by telling her that she should see what happened to Whitney Houston and to “step away from the crack pipe.” Of course, this statement has “infuriated” some, who condemn Eric Bolling’s comment as “racist.” According to the LA Times, “Eric C. Bauman, chairman of the L.A. County Democratic Party, called for the network to remove Bolling.” Alternet.org concurs and criticized that the way some have characterized Whitney Houston’s death “has exposed the extent to which racial stereotypes still color national discourse.”
Maxine Waters has also been attributed with saying “as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.” A famous quote was, “Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal would be about socializing … uh, umm. … Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.” She has called the flag waving at a Tea Party rally “outrageous” and has a history of incendiary remarks.
Calling Tea Party members “tea-baggers,” calling Occupy Wall Street protestors “losers,” calling Obama or Bush a “liar,” calling everyone and their mother “racist,” it is actually a ploy, a way to divert attention and promote an emotional response, so that intelligent debate does not have to be engaged in. According to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
This childish tendency to name-call ONLY HALTS THE DEBATE and contributes to bad feelings. Debating should be about backing up beliefs with facts and civility. When did America start accepting this behavior?