Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gunslinger Wannabe Sen. Tom Coburn

This brief quote from Politico says it all:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ripped his colleagues during a tour of northeast Oklahoma, calling them “career elitists,” “cowards” and said, “It’s just a good thing I can’t pack a gun on the Senate floor.”

Where do these people come from?  Whatever happened to courtesy, and respect for others?  Coburn is not only guilty of bad manners, he is guilty of inflammatory speech in the lowest form of demagoguery .It is very sad that a person elected to national office uses that type of language..

I grew up with guns, but parted ways with the NRA years ago because of this kind of thinking.  I am not anti-gun - I just do not worship them.  I have taught my kids how to shoot. Unfortunately, guns are a tool capable of doing much bad, and much bad they do in the hands of irresponsible people.  Talk like this only trivializes the criminal use of guns.  Now, Coburn will argue he is only kidding and that his words are not to be taken literally.  I do not think that is totally true.  I think there is a part of people, that he is appealing to and that he is exercising, which would like to resort to brutish behavior when handling disagreements. 

Fox news, and talk radio have fanned these flames of anger for years. MSNBC is not much better.  America is angry, the tea party is about anger, but anger is one of the most destructive emotions we have.  Everyone is angry, but nobody is doing anything constructive.  That includes the president.

I am told that Tom Coburn is a member of the First Baptist Church of Muskogee, Oklahoma.  I would suppose then that he is a Christian, and believes in Christian values.  Would you call his behavior Christian, or is this what Christian values go for these days? It is a sad day.  It is a sad day when in this country our political rhetoric includes talk of getting a gun and going after those we disagree with.

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