In her column today, Peggy Noonan takes issue with attempts by the President and his team to denigrate and discredit those who dare to speak out in opposition to Democratic efforts to overhaul our health care system:
All of this is unnecessarily and unhelpfully divisive and provocative. They are mocking and menacing concerned citizens. This only makes a hot situation hotter. Is this what the president wants? It couldn’t be. But then in an odd way he sometimes seems not to have fully absorbed the awesome stature of his office. You really, if you’re president, can’t call an individual American stupid, if for no other reason than that you’re too big. You cannot allow your allies to call people protesting a health-care plan “extremists” and “right wing,” or bought, or Nazi-like, either. They’re citizens. They’re concerned. They deserve respect.
You’d like someone practicing that new kind of politics might show some respect for his ideological adversaries, but, well, that’s not what they’re taught in Chicago where the President and his minions got his political education.
Oh, and, as with anything by this columnist who embodies the qualities of the far-sighted goddess of wisdom and just warfare, just read the whole thing.