Anger, anger everywhere


Threats from elected Republican officials just seem to keep on keeping on.

Lynne Blankenbeker

New Hampshire is a wonderful state. Usually quiet and serine, a supreme place for summer and winter vacations, and ample history of the American Revolution era, while holding the most politically significant opening primaries for presidential candidates. It also features state representative Lynne Blankenbeker (R- Merrimack).

New Hampshirites should be proud of their representative. She is a nurse and officer in the Naval Reserves, served in the U.S. Air Force, and is a practicing attorney.  Blankenbeker sits on the House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee where she fights for veterans’ rights.

A number of news outlets reported on July 22 that she also seems to have a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease.

The representative is currently based at Fort Dix New Jersey, where she is cross training with the U.S. Army. In an email to her House colleagues, Blankenbeker told them that the Army is “short staffed.” I agree.

She said that she was assigned as a truck commander and that she will be heading to Afghanistan on August 5. For this alone we should praise the representative.

Because of her orders, Blankenbeker was not be available to answer why her note also suggested violence concerning her relationship with organized labor.

She continued her email by stating that she “got to be the gunner (on her Humvee) which was fun. The .50cal is quite a gun! I was never ascared [sic] of the unions but they better not F#%k with me again!!! Just saying… I have mastered hand to hand combat as well.” 

Okay, she may have meant this as a joke but in this time of extreme political partisanship, with walls being build higher than ever, with the increasing conflicts between labor and Republican leadership, Blankenbeker should know better.

Like U.S. Rep. Allen West’s (R-Fl) irresponsible language in an email to Debbie Wasserman Schultz (R-Fl), Blankenbeker stepped over the line to create even more tension between the conservative and liberal benches in the game of government.

The extremists on the conservative side of the aisle have taken control, yet they represent a small minority of the whole. The are afraid to move and have painted themselves in to a corner. They seem to forget candidate George H.W. Bush who promised “no new taxes.” He had to break his promise.

The language of anger is becoming more pervasive in the last 20-years, longer if you include the Nixon years. Is this what we are to expect from our leaders – more specifically from the conservative branch of our government officials? I will bring these act forward as I find them, from either party, for language of anger and hate should not be rewarded with votes and donations.

It does not matter if the person spitting the venom is a state representative or the President of the United States. The state and federal ethic congressional committees must take action to stop this vile language immediately.

Let the children scream and yell “it’s not my fault” to their hearts content. They know they are.

But wait there’s more!

As I write this, House Speaker John Boehner has walked out of the national debt negotiations with President Obama. Boehner is not returning the President’s telephone calls. It is the President who has his hand out and the Speaker has his back turned.

The rift between the two sides is becoming an abyss and defaulting on the national debt will destroy America as we know it. Not because we simply refuse to raise the debt ceiling, but because we will default on those debts, including U.S. Savings Bonds, the Social Security Systems – because it is funded through U.S. Treasury notes. We will default on our payments to China, India and other nations who saw the U.S. dollar as safe or those countries that use the dollar as the basis of their own currency’s strength.

Why did Boehner walk out? Besides the fact that he is acting like a five-year old who could not win a game of Angry Birds. He and his colleagues do understand that attempting to balance the budget by cutting benefits for the poor, ill and elderly, while giving tax breaks to the rich is NOT the American way.  

It is also not the Jewish, Christian or Muslim way, with the three major western religions calling to give to those who cannot help themselves.

Listen to Speaker Boehner’s press conference (Sorry about CBS’s commercial and the poor sound quality, but it was the same on CSPAN, ABC and CNN.) and then the CBS report of the President’s news conference. Boehner’s actions make no sense, not to me, not to the President, and not to the 80 percent of Americans, conservative and liberal, who are willing to compromise and agree to a tax hike to help reduce the national debt.

Is Boehner trying to placate the tea party faction in the House and Senate, and in his home state of Ohio? Is he unwilling to take the heat and do the right thing?

I cannot answer for the Speaker, but I can say this. If I were a Republican, I would be ashamed of my party and become an independent.

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About David Rosman

David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at ColumbiaMissourian.com, InkandVoice.com and NYJournalofBooks.com.
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