Grayson:Â â€œYou knowâ€¦FOX News and their Republican collaborators are the enemy of America. Theyâ€™re the enemy of anybody who cares about health care in this country, the enemy of anybody who cares about educating their children, the enemy of everybody who wants energy independence, anything â€¦ good for this country. And theyâ€™re certainly the enemy of peace, thereâ€™s no doubt about that. They ARE the enemy.â€
Iâ€™ve seen people like Alan Grayson, the Democratic Representative from Floridaâ€™s 8th Congressional District, before. For example, I once attended an event held by Michigan Congressman John Conyers in the southern, suburban, part of his district. The tone of that event was brimming with the implication that Republicans should immediately be sent off to some type of reeducation camp. Graysonâ€™s certainly headed in that general direction, it seems to me.
Grayson made his comments the other day to Ed Schultz, whoâ€™s one of a bevy of MSNBC in-house radical leftist commentators. Such wild comments certainly reflect the views of many leftists in Congress these days. Theyâ€™re the normal way of speaking on the part of most, if not all, â€œprogressive Democrats,â€ in other words.
To me, Grayson also appears to be some sort of kitsch Marxist, mainly because he speaks a variation of the language found in mainline Marxism–but one thatâ€™s more focused on gaining an advantage by playing to several non-standard resentments (like race, gender, and sexual orientation) rather than working-class exploitation by the ruling classes. Soon enough, with these folks, the Molotov cocktails come out and weâ€™re all undergoing reeducation â€œfor our own good.â€
Grayson andÂ just about every other member of his party in the Congress these days seem to strike out blindly whenever their most sacred goal — universal health care (masked as â€œhealth insurance reformâ€) — comes under perceived threat by any one of the so-called â€œenemies.â€ In this case, the enemy appears to be FOX News and the Republicans. Last summer it was Nancy Pelosiâ€™s â€œangry mobâ€ that showed up at town halls, Tea Parties and the big 9/12 March on Washington DC.
Certainly, weâ€™ve heard a lot of talk from â€œprogressiveâ€ Democrats like Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, California Senator Barbara Boxer and a host of others of like mind in the House of Representatives about â€œtea-baggers,â€ â€œNazisâ€ (Pelosi), â€œEvil-mongersâ€ (Reid) and all others who disagree with them. Weâ€™re the enemy, according to Grayson. Some representative of the common man he appears to be, hmmmm? Too bad folks like him are all over the Congress these days.
I think we can learn a lot about progressives like Grayson by watching them when theyâ€™re caught in an unguarded moment, as he was in his conversation with Schultz. When pushed, they eagerly show theyâ€™re the ones whoâ€™ll be the first to take extreme measures in the name of their version of peace and harmony. At the least, they certainly seem thin-skinned about things. But forewarned is forearmed, and we can beat their bad ideas with better ideas of our own. It appears weâ€™ve been doing just that, too, if current polls are correct.