Po­lit­i­cal courage is in short sup­ply

Sunday Star - - OPINION -

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

Cam­bridge

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