Political Ethics

Some people tell outrageous lies to awaken people. Senator Al Franken likes to state the truth, truth that everyone knows but no one is willing to admit, to awaken people.

 

Sen. Al Franken said Sunday President Donald Trump’s references to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” are “racist.”

His comments came after Trump reportedly attacked Warren in a closed-door meeting with several senators, telling the Democrats who attended that “Pocahontas is now the face of your party.” [CNN.]

The interesting question about the Pocahontas remark is not whether or not it is racist to sneer at the opposition political party for having a leader with non-white DNA in her blood but why Trump is apparently so profoundly worried over the rising prominence of Senator Warren. Yes, Warren’s thoughtful remarks on the reliability of the U.S. financial system, the protection of consumers, and the need for an attorney general of the U.S. who will defend the civil liberties of all Americans are a fresh breeze in the partisan heat of Washington’s endless self-serving propaganda, but after all, Trump just won! He is President. Warren, on the other hand, is just one of the senators of the defeated party and not even (so far) the Senate minority leader. Yet the honor of special treatment is now almost daily being bestowed upon her by one top Republican after another.

The important point here, it seems to me, is not even that Republican leaders seem so overawed by the calm, thoughtful, and cerebral demeanor of the senior senator from Massachusetts, but that they spend their time attacking her, personally, as opposed to talking about the fundamental societal concerns that she keeps perversely insisting upon discussing. Have we heard a GOP leader state that quoting the wife of Dr. King is unacceptable? Have we heard a GOP leader state that Wall St. financial corruption is good for America? Have we heard a GOP leader state that the way to “make America great again” is to grant a free hand to corporations to cheat American consumers? Nope, afraid not; the GOP wants to interrupt her, shut her up, and make crude remarks about…her DNA?!?

For those Americans who have never had the privilege of serving in Washington, it is perhaps worth pointing out that in Washington’s particular culture, when you have no answer to counter an opponent’s point, it is customary to slap them down with an irrelevant insult.

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