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In defense of Mourdock
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:00 AM
To the editor:
Oh, the sanctimony of the liberal press! First, Tom LoBianco of the AP tweets his outrage at the Mourdock speech just minutes after the Mourdock speech (14 minutes later the Democrat State chair responds in the same thread), then Tony Cook of the Star followed by Matt Tully and then our own Madison Courier. Of course, the first three were actually at the GOP convention, but the Courier lifted most of their outrage from LoBianco. They couldn't really acknowledge that as he graces the front page of Madison's paper a lot with his editorialized "news stories."
LoBianco quotes a still bitter Marion County Lugar supporter and two folks representing an ultra-liberal Jewish group, as they support his bias.
What the Courier left out was a quote from Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steven Shine "who said he thought Mourdock's comments were 'right on point.'
"I think he was showing what could happen to a nation that has a citizenry that believes life is hopeless, that there is no way out," said Shine, who is Jewish. "I don't think at all he was comparing Obama to Hitler under any circumstances, but (he was comparing) the political environment that could create a government that relied on a charismatic leader, rather than the freedoms that the country has."
The Courier left out any thought or discussion on what historical facts it found so egregious about in Mourdock's speech, but for their depiction that they were "stupid."
After the speech, I was standing near Mourdock when a fellow came up with tears in his eyes relating the fact that both his parents had tattoos on their arms from Auschwitz Concentration Camp but were liberated at the end of the war. He spoke passionately in gratitude for Mourdock's remarks that history should not be repeated and that "Never Again" should not be a phrase worn out by 70 years.
The post-speech reaction by name callers was predictable, but selective. I haven't seen LoBianco's or the Courier's outrage at the walking gaffe machine of our Vice President or when POTUS makes imprudent or truth impaired statements. No, the ridicule and vitriol is reserved for a man who caused the longest sustained ovations at the convention, by the vast majority of the delegates who understood exactly what he was saying. Richard Mourdock is a decent, quiet man who can transfix any audience with his Lincolnesque story telling, as well historically correct and moral laden speeches.
The dominant media culture's bullying of people they disagree with betrays the very foundation of the First Amendment. The group-think inherent with portraying a decent man as some sort of knuckle dragging buffoon is betrayed by snarky, very narrow quips rather than substantive discussion of content. In the quest for PC, our nation is losing its sense of truth as well as its moral underpinnings. Unfortunately the cavalier attitude of our paper toward political discourse further lowers the bar.
Mourdock visited Madison four times while State Treasurer. The Courier did not deign to interview him to support/deny their prejudice, other than its Editor being observed to furtively take pictures one time. Bias does not merit investigation in Madison.
As Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan said: "The liberal left can be as rigid and destructive as any force in American life." More's the pity, it is our own Madison Courier reflecting this unfortunate fact.
Richard Mourdock is my friend. I stand with him and against the latest, continued tyranny of our local editorial page. (BTW we live in a constitutional republic, not a democracy!)
Mr. Wise, please explain how comparing the present-day United States to Nazi Germany is a. inappropriate, b. inaccurate, c. insensitive, d. bigoted, e. irresponsible, f. ignorant, g. naïve, and f. please do! Because you have done nothing to prove this, further than throwing out a few vitriolic descriptions.
In fact, you don’t even explain how Mr. Mourdock made a comparison at all. I must ask, did you read or listen to his speech? In case you did not, let me help: far from insisting upon specific commonalities shared by either the Nazi regime or our own American regime, Mr. Mourdock merely pointed to the existence of a similar economic situation. In the years following World War I, the Weimar Republic constantly struggled financially, as a result both of staggering war debts and misguided monetary policies. Perhaps you’ve seen those iconic photographs of impoverished families feeding their fires with money? This was the German people amidst the enormous inflation prior to the 1930s. Their money became worthless for anything other than fuel.
Of course, the American economy is not in currently facing this same level of inflation (though I am known for being optimistic in certain circles). However, what is common to these two nations is common to man throughout history: fear. And how do those in power most often respond to fear? The promise of change that gives a glimmer of hope. The Romans had a phrase for it: bread and circuses. By showering the fearful masses with food, entertainment, and government-funded work, the emperors were able to garner popular support. These tactics were often accompanied by vilifying particular groups, in order to draw attention from the leaders themselves and unite the people through a common enemy.
That is not freedom. That is servitude.
Again, I nor Mr. Mourdock are comparing contemporary America to Nazi Germany. If I might ask, though: would you explain how the dominance of a welfare state and the promise of more is effectively different in one historical situation from the other?
As to the rest of your tirade, Mr. Wise, I would ask two things:
First, I ask that you consider the intent of the statements you try so desperately to refute. I might assume too much, but I find it obvious that Mr. Reuss is not asserting a single Jewish man’s opinion is representative of the entirety of Judaism. In fact, his reference attempts to do the opposite: highlight the several news sources whose primary informants are individuals of a unique ideological position.
And second, I ask that you explain why you might think your rant is at all germane to this topic. In fact, I was waiting with bated breath for the infamous reductio ad Hitlerum, which would have been the epitome of irony. In order to avoid exhaustive refutation, I will leave alone the incredible quantity of unfounded claims (“the auspices of a fake grassroots movement”?) and the glaring logical inconsistencies/factual errors (would you please do me the favor of 1. Articulating the distinction between a democracy and a constitutional republic, as you define them, and 2. Explaining how the latter fails to be “consistent with the ideologies of the foundation of this country”? If memory serves, the Federalist, the basic structure of federalism, the writings of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and maybe a few hundred other documents written around the time of the American Founding, point to the necessity of counteracting the tendency towards mobs that a democracy inherently possesses. If you want a democracy, look no further than France during its glorious revolution!).
A final note: there is something that I believe we can all agree on. I, like you, am not interested in using the coercive or suggestive power of government to make the rich richer. In fact, I am equally uninterested in making the poor poorer through this same government!
But neither should we hope for government to make the rich poor, or the poor rich. Because in all of these scenarios, freedom suffers. Rather than promise wealth to the poor at the expense of the rich, or promise poverty to the rich for the sake of the poor, government’s purpose in a free and equal society is to ensure that freedom for all to strive towards happiness. This striving may not be as easy for some, and there is no guarantee but in the striving we find a greater beauty than any we might behold through the theft of bread from another man’s hand.
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6/25/2014 7:53:00 PM
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Please tell your, "friend," that comparing present day USA to Nazi Germany is wildly a. inappropriate b. inaccurate c. insensitive d. bigoted e. irresponsible f. ignorant g. naive f. should I continue? He certainly has a 1st Amendment privilege to say whatever he pleases. The citizens of Indiana, however, should demand better from its leaders.
Using the opinions of organizers of the rally to bolster your assertions, Mr. Reuss, is clearly biased, and of no consequence. Particularly when your example (Pine) is an Indiana born attorney, with unclear motives for supporting such ludicrous claims within the context of the smallest minority of organized monotheism in the world. I'd hardly considered him the, "litmus test," of public Jewish opinion on the matter.
Nevermind the fact that your, "friend," Mr. Mourdock is/was funded by my billionaire neighbors across Central Park here in NYC, the Koch brothers, under the auspices of a fake grassroots movement referred to affectionately as "The Tea Party." Accepting such lavish gifts effectively disqualifies one from our democracy. Yes…DEMOCRACY. (this is not exclusive to the GOP…big money in politics undermines our democracy on all sides of the aisle) "Constitutional republic" is a made up idea fed to you tea party sensationalists (puppets) and is in no way consistent with the ideologies of the foundation of this country.
The true tragedy here is that innocent, hard-working Americans, who actually need help, get swept up into your propaganda war in service of greater economic disparity. Or, to put it in plain terms: TO MAKE THE RICH, RICHER.
That's not freedom. Thats servitude.
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