Monday, June 14, 2010
There was a time when politicians were insulated by phalanxes of body guards and blacksuited-black-shades-wearing protectors whose job it was to repel any members of the electorate misguided and ignorant enough to attempt to address them.
Well, those salad days are long gone as budget cuts have everyone tightening their belts.
This has led to unseemly scenes like that acted out by Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) who had no choice but to perform an assault himself when asked by some noodle-brained upstart whether or not the congressman "supported President Obama's agenda."
It's a dark day when politicians are left to perform their own hand-to-hand combat with citizens.
Ever since the small mishap at the Watergate Hotel in 1972, the American electorate has forgotten all propriety and believes it can simply ask its elected officials questions.
Didn't the Bush administration do enough to demonstrate that only the wretchedly unpatriotic question government officials? Wasn't that made abundantly clear?
I guess not. And we're left with the pathetic sight of a distinguished congressman sully his own hands by having to slap around a citizen himself.
We need a return to the simplicity of the W. days when the national credo was Shut up and shop.
Posted by Whetam Gnauckweirst at 11:03 AM