Political courage is in short supply
Several weeks have passed since marijuana activists assaulted First Congressional District’s Representative Harris in his office. The following day Harris wrote a commentary in the Wall Street Journal, not about his marijuana position, but about the assault. Several quotes are instructive:
“Violence should have no place in politics. We’re all Americans. We’re entitled to express our opinions, but we must draw the line at physical aggression.
“Unfortunately, some of my colleagues approve of such behavior. This summer, Rep. Maxine Waters advised her constituents: ‘You get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.’ She and the left are getting exactly what they sought. The crowd in my office followed her advice.”
Last week we have the former U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, saying, “When they go low, we kick them,” referring to Republicans. Hillary Clinton, the failed Democratic presidential candidate, was recently quoted saying civility can only return when the Democrats take control again. Rand Paul’s wife claims she sleeps with a loaded gun under her pillow out of fear of the unhinged mob.
If candidate Jesse Colvin is such a non-partisan, I might have expected he would have directly denounced the assault on Harris and stood up to Rep. Waters in a public way. But no, we have crickets.
If he can’t be non-partisan today, when frankly it is easy, how can he be non-partisan if he is in the Democratic caucus? Talk is cheap and political courage is in short supply.
Colvin has branded himself based on the values of courage and non-partisanship. Where is the evidence of that after the assault on Harris? I remain very doubtful about the ability of Colvin to be a non-partisan. Do you want to cede control of the House to this? MILLICENT PITTS