Civility

Graham Crackers vs Animal Crackers

I had the distinct opportunity to work around Congress for 42 years. Over that time span, I witnessed a lot of very good people in both parties trying to work together to solve the nation’s problems. They did not always agree but they had respect for each other and maintained a certain level of civility that seems to have completely dissipated with the incoming freshman class of Democrat members of Congress and their cheerleaders in the media.

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By Kane Farabaugh, Voice of America News

Congresswoman Tlaib is used to talking out of both sides of her mouth. She supported a two-state solution to Israel and Palestine during her primary but once she won the primary and was all but assured of election in a heavily Democrat district, she switched and denounced Israel and called for a one-state solution that would effectively end Israel. As a member of the Muslim faith, I wonder how she thinks her vulgar comments would be appreciated and tolerated coming from a woman in most Muslim countries? Just more of her hypocrisy.

But then we get to the point of this blog post. MSNBC, the mouthpiece of the Democrat left wing, has an anchor by the name of Stephanie Ruhle. She suggested this past week that Sen. Lindsay Graham was being blackmailed by President Trump. Her evidence of this blackmail? None. Just her thought. And she calls herself a journalist.

Not letting the comment go without some extra piling on the far-left members of the freshman class of the new Congress had to jump on the bandwagon. It is like they are all vying to find a way to get media attention. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted out “they got him, he is compromised!” in reference to Graham. Once again, this Muslim woman suggests that Senator Graham is being blackmailed and the reason in the subtext is that he must be gay, and of course, we all know how tolerant Muslim nations are of gay people. Are they suggesting that all single people of a certain age must be gay because if so, they should look in the mirror?

The suggestions in such a derogatory way that Sen. Graham might be gay is puzzling coming from those on the left. Isn’t this the party that says your sexual orientation is your business and nobody else’s business. This was brought up by the comedian Chelsea Handler when she attacked him last year suggesting he was gay and making the accusation as an attack on Graham. Graham responded diplomatically that Ms. Handler did not know anything about him and then added: “to the extent that it matters, I’m not gay.”

So now we have Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, all confirmed socialists, trying to outdo each other with provocative statements that will get them the most media attention and of course the media laps it up. They will quickly become a thorn in the side of the Democrat leadership. I read today where Ms. Ocasio-Cortez will be sharing her social media skills with her other Democrat-Socialists and telling them how they can gain millions of followers on their twitter accounts, but the first rule of that platform is you must say things that are provocative. They don’t have to be true, just titillating enough to get people to read them.

It brings me back to my title. With graham crackers, you know what you are getting. They are bland but don’t change in texture or taste. With animal crackers, you get something different every time you reach into the box and something wild is bound to come up. With this trio, I am beginning to think back to my youth and the time I spent watching the hilarious Three Stooges. I am just not sure which one is Larry, Moe or Curly.

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