“On to the next fight.”
Senator John Cornyn, Republican from Texas (spoken after his party nearly brought the nation into national default and financial panic)
For me, this quote sums up the violent political rhetoric of our times. There is so much anger coming from the white middle and upper class. It is quite astounding when one considers that they remain the privileged majority on every front. Tax rates, for example, on the rich are at some of the lowest points in U.S. history, and they have been low so for nearly thirty years. Some of the richest corporations this year earned tax refunds. Yet somehow politicians on the right have used violent rhetoric to stir and mobilize resentment from the establishment. It is a resentment that, as far as I can tell, has no substantive basis in reality. (I would, of course, welcome any explanations from my conservative friends and family on the right. As this is my own personal blog, I am simply voicing my own opinion and I welcome the ideas of others with a different vantage point.)
Regardless of own’s own political position, I hope that the current budget and debt ceiling fiasco has at least made us mindful of the folly of political violence. Personally, I try to have faith in the proverb quoted by Jesus: “those who live by the sword will die by the sword.” Violence is its own undoing….well, let us hope it is.