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Unelected Rep Warns Against Demagogues

From a suddenly besotted Associated Press:

GOP leaders let demagogues set tone, lawmaker says

By Ben Evans, Associated Press Writer

July 9, 2010

WASHINGTON – Too many Republican leaders are acquiescing to a poisonous "demagoguery" that threatens the party’s long-term credibility, says a veteran GOP House member who was defeated in South Carolina’s primary last month.

While not naming names, 12-year incumbent Rep. Bob Inglis suggested in interviews with The Associated Press that tea party favorites such as former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and right-wing talk show hosts like Glenn Beck are the culprits.

He cited a claim made famous by Palin that the Democratic health care bill would create "death panels" to decide whether elderly or sick people should get care.

"There were no death panels in the bill … and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership. It’s not leadership. It’s demagoguery," said Inglis, one of three Republican incumbents who have lost their seats in Congress to primary and state party convention challengers this year.

Mr. Inglis, meet Mr. Berwick.

Inglis said voters eventually will discover that you’re "preying on their fears" and turn away.

Well, this prediction seems to have come to pass – at least for him.

"I think we have a lot of leaders that are following those (television and talk radio) personalities and not leading," he said. "What it takes to lead is to say, ‘You know, that’s just not right.’"

Inglis said the rhetoric also distracts from the real problems that politicians should be trying to resolve, such as budget deficits and energy security.

"It’s a real concern, because I think what we’re doing is dividing the country into partisan camps that really look a lot like Shia and Sunni," he said, referring to the two predominant Islamic denominations that have feuded for centuries. "It’s very difficult to come together to find solutions."

Certainly it’s been Sarah Palin who have kept the Democrats and Republicans in Congress from working out finely balanced compromises in Congress. What could be more clear?

Inglis’ refusal to join in on the Obama-bashing of the far right played a big role in his landslide defeat on June 22. Leading up to the election, he frequently challenged voters who questioned the president’s citizenship or patriotism. At one town hall meeting, he was jeered for saying that Beck, a Fox News Channel host, is a divisive fearmonger.

Which is pretty rich, coming from a man who in effect compares people who oppose Mr. Obama’s policies to Muslim terrorists.

In his primary runoff against prosecutor Trey Gowdy, Inglis failed to break 30 percent, an improbably low result for a sitting incumbent not embroiled in scandal.

Inglis said he was shocked during the health care votes as he watched protesters jeering Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who was beaten as a leading civil rights activist in the 1960s.

Inglis said he was too far away during the jeering incident to hear whether the protesters shouted racial epithets, as Lewis and other black lawmakers have claimed. But Inglis said the behavior was threatening and abusive…

Added to his other charms, it would appear that Mr. Inglis is also a blatant liar. – And a “fear monger.”

Inglis, 50, who calls himself a Jack Kemp disciple because he has emphasized outreach to minorities as the late Republican congressman did, thinks racism is a part of the vitriol directed at President Barack Obama.

"I love the South. I’m a Southerner. But I can feel it," he said.

He is also apparently psychic. Or is that psychotic?

Inglis was first elected in 1992 and left after six years to honor a term-limits pledge. But he won the seat again in 2004. He doesn’t yet know what he’ll do when he leaves Congress in January. He said it’s unlikely he’ll run for office again, but he didn’t rule it out.

"It’s hard to see how it works for me," he said

It’s funny how people don’t like to vote for representatives who don’t represent their views, isn’t it?

Anyway, if you are like most Americans, you probably have never heard of Mr. Inglis until today. But a quick review of his brilliant career reveals that:

  • Back on December 27, 2008, Mr. Inglis published an op-ed in The New York Times in support of a carbon tax.
  • Mr. Inglis voted for a Democratic resolution opposing the Iraq War troop surge of 2007.
  • He mocks ‘global warming’ skeptics.
  • He opposes offshore oil drilling.
  • He is against using surveillance against terrorists.
  • Mr. Inglis crossed party lines to slap his fellow South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson for blurting “You lie!” during Mr. Obama’s ‘healthcare reform’ speech to Congress.

And he wonders why he can’t get elected in South Carolina?

The man is more out of touch than Alvin Greene. But without Mr. Greene’s quiet dignity.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Unelected Rep Warns Against Demagogues”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Mr Inglis, please to note as regards “death panels” and what the bill actually has vs. what you think it doesn’t have:

    “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”

    In other words, the end result of this bill is the de facto case where healthcare will be rationed by bureaucrats. Ipso facto: “death panels”. Where bureaucrats sit there and posed with the conundrum of staggering cost vs allowing a person to live in spite of that cost, make the decision on a purely financial basis. Therefore saying, “This person is past their prime, has lived a decent life but has gone past their ‘usefulness’ and thus, we cannot justify the expense of the procedure”

    See? That’s a “death panel”…and whether implicit or explicit, they exist in this effed-up “healthcare” bill. You moron.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    See ya later, crybaby!!
    Take your Jack Kemp fleece with you on your way out.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Inglis is the definition of a RINO.

    To quote a famous Alabamian, “Stupid is as stupid does.” –F. Gump

  4. proreason says:

    Just for the record, here is Websters definition of a demagogue:

    “Main Entry: ‘dem·a·gogue
    Function: noun
    1 : a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power”

    Does it remind you of anybody?

  5. wardmama4 says:

    Let’s see – he pledge to a term limit end of career – but came back. My prediction – he will come back as a Democrat. Amazing that he did not vote for Obamacare – he seems to have drunk the kool-aid.

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    Add one more thing to the definition of demagogue: “Points his/her crooked little finger at his/her opponents and accuses them of the demagogue’s own despicable actions.”

  7. P. Aaron says:

    Dem Demagouges tell squishy-losing Republicans what ‘tone’ they should set.

  8. kathrynf says:

    I live in Hendersonville, NC but I follow SC politics because we don’t get NC stations (TV or radio) clearly here and who cares anyway?????!!!!! It’s the mountains!

    This guy messed up so much and serves as an example to every red-blooded Republican of what not to do. May they please take heed! The Mamma Grizzlies are COMING!

  9. kathrynf says:

    Now why in heaven’s name would I want to use an Avatar image for ANYTHING?!!! I simply don’t get that?????

  10. Georgfelis says:

    A Republican, when they lose to another Republican in a primary, will support his primary opponent in the General Election and attempt to keep the seat in Republican hands. There’s always next election.

    A Liberal, when they lose to a Republican in a primary, will whine and pout, throwing poo all over the Republican candidate and the Republican voters in an attempt to sabotage the General Election in favor of the Democrat. That way if the Republican loses, the Liberal can do the “See, you should have picked me!” dance, and if the Republican wins, the Liberal can run against him next election, claiming the Republican is some horrible fanatic.

  11. Chuckk says:

    What a poor looser. See ya, crybaby.

  12. eaglewingz08 says:

    Very strange that on the day that this repubican statist makes these inane and untrue comments, the President has made a recess appointment of Berwick for Medicare/Medicaid who approves of Britain’s NICE system and its death panels. Irony doesn’t get much more incisive and devastating than this.

  13. proreason says:

    Personally, I’m convinced the Moron is an amoral criminal who should, at best, be jailed for life, and that he doesn’t have a glimmer of a belief in any ideology except the ideology of increasing Obamy’s power and wealth….but let’s imagine for a second that he is in fact a true believer.

    What is his belief system? You don’t have to delve into his past to know. The evidence mounts daily:

    fascism / crony capitalism – Government Motors, Banks, Student Loans, Fannie Mae, health care, BP
    redistribution of wealth – Stimulus, ObamyCare, GM unions, cash for clunkers, taxes, Crap and Tax, Obamycare, ‘spread it around’, ‘social equality’
    anti-capitalism – GM, small businesses, regulation, fascist takeovers, unemployment, taxes, CEOs speak out, government grows while businesses shrink, government compensation practices, regulation, czars, fascist control, threats, compensation czar, BP
    anti-energy – Crap and Tax, ‘bankrupt’ coal companies, drilling moratoriums, green energy
    unequal application of the law, mostly along racial lines – Civil Rights, Arizona, Professor Gates
    weaken national defenses nuclear freeze, defense cuts, rules of engagement, inattention to national defense
    gut terrorist protections Gitmo, man-made disasters, foreign contingency operations, persecution of CIA agents, Miranda rights for terrorists, KSM trial, excuses for terrorists
    contempt for America – apology tours, bitter clingers, usage of ‘teabaggers’, 57 states, Van Jones, anti-American czars, Gulf Coast, Fox News, talk radio, attacks on American citizens (Limbaugh, Palin, Cambridge police officer)
    contempt for the law – Chrysler, Black Panthers, Arizona, professor Gates, recess appointments, BP, McCain-Feingold
    contempt for the Constitution – ‘negative rights’, Arizona, support of gun laws, support of abortion, wise Latina, Kagan, unaccountable czars, put-down of the Supremes
    contempt for our allies – South Korea, Israel, Churchill’s bust, dissing the Queen, Netanyahu, friendship for Chavez
    bankrupting the nation – National Debt, taxes, trillion dollar deficits
    ends justify the means – Sestek et al, Blago, Health Czar appointment, refusal to take dead people off the voting roles
    might makes right – SEIU thugs, Black Panthers, legislative cram-downs
    American traditions don’t matter – 41? 4th of July Founding Fathers insults, no press conferences, no budget
    the people are dupes – Bush did it, 500 speeches, congenital lying, teleprompter, ‘spitting’ on Clyburn, racism, contempt for the press
    government is the answer to every problem – Deficit, Obamycare, Crap and Tax, Fannie Mae, blocking school vouchers in DC
    rules don’t apply to Obamy – flyover, parties, Michelle’s staff, golf, concerts

    It’s overwhelming isn’t it?
    Do his actions support a mission to protect and defend America?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Do his actions support a mission to protect and defend America?

      No, in fact currently he’s settled quite comfortably into the “weaken national defenses” corner of the “belief system” which – you’re correct – are not beliefs but political tools to further the true belief in his omnipotence.

      “Regarding the war, it’s his one political sanctuary zone left right now while the tatters of the agenda that got passed continue to shake the faultlines of our stability. He’s not going to actively or passively pursue defeat in Afghanistan, but I disagree that this somehow constitutes a greater ownership of the war … I think choosing Petraeus says one thing only: ‘It’s still your war, Neocons. This COIN strategy, it’s all on you, and not many seem to have much faith in it so if you disappoint the American people, we’re done paying for it!'” – The McChrystal Affair

      I know Canary’s been sounding alarms on Afghanistan for a while and I must confess myself conflicted now in hindsight over the prescience of our longterm strategy there (not the least reasons of which is that the American public clearly never had the brass-ones for this long of an operation). But still never did I think so many from our side were going to throw the war under the bus. Ron Paul is a given, but Barack probably wonders why he didn’t get the ball rolling on this sooner with the likes of Coulter even sounding doubtful.

      No, I contend that the setbacks we’ve faced in the Middle East have been entirely because a virulent wing of our own political-media establishment destroyed the international image of our military and their mission there, turned our allies against us, and all but coached our enemies on how and for how long to endure. If we’re to call the wars lost erhm, “victories for Barack” now, that’s the only fact I’m interested in discussing.

    • proreason says:

      “because a virulent wing ”

      of course, and that is why there is no chance of a positive outcome in Afghanistan with the Moron in charge.

      If we could somehow hang on for 2 1/2 more years, there would at least be a possibility of victory. Other positive paths, of course are also possible. Hardened enclaves that can be re-supplied by air, as I’ve said before, but every path that gives a hope of victory has one fatal flaw.

      If there appears to be a chance after November that the military could somehow keep hopes of a victory alive, the Moron will shut it down, and thereby guarantee defeat. He sure as hell isn’t going to beat up his buddies in the Taliban when he himself has so little chance of continuing his own reign.

      I’m no Paulista, but a rational person has to favor getting out as quickly as possible. No more heroes should die fighting for a politician who values his golf time more than he does their lives……by far.

  14. Tater Salad says:

    Are you onboard? If so, “Lets Git R’ Done Then”! It only takes your vote and mine to do it.


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