What’s important to the Democrats in the United States House of Representatives? Is it power, control, redistribution of wealth? Is it all of the above?
If you chose all of the above, you’d be correct. But it’s also the relatively frivolous.
Take, for example, two of today’s most pressing issues. I say that rather tongue in cheek, because according to at least one powerful Democrat one of these issues is paramount and the other is just a side show.
Actually, that’s not quite accurate. According to MOST Democrats, one is a sideshow and simply a publicity stunt aimed only at raising campaign funds and garnering votes.
What are these issues?
Let’s let a few of the esteemed Democrat politicians describe both issues and you can decide which is most important.
First, there’s Benghazi and the decision (finally) of the Republican leadership to form a single committee to root out the truth concerning the attack and cover-up by the White House.
Now, one would think that getting to the truth of the slaughter of four Americans would be important to everybody. Think again.
From Real Clear Politics (RCP):
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called for a boycott of the panel if its makeup is unbalanced.
“It is nothing more than a political ploy, because continuing to focus obsessively on repealing the Affordable Care Act has lost its luster even among [the GOP’s] own party members,” she told reporters Wednesday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.
But the panel’s formation is already a source of drama on Capitol Hill. Democrats argue that the inquiry will serve no purpose other than to motivate the GOP base in this midterm election year and drag Hillary Clinton through the mud ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run. Others have drawn comparisons to the McCarthy hearings.
GOP leaders have dismissed a request from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Whip Steny Hoyer for equal party representation…
Yet, writes RCP:
“When Nancy Pelosi was speaker in 2006, the panel she convened to investigate climate change had nine Democrats and six Republicans.”
Others Democrats argued that they should participate in the investigation to help neutralize the panel. “I think we’ve got to be there to make sure people understand what’s really going on and not allow witnesses to be badgered,” said California Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Okay, so Democrats think Benghazi isn’t important. The death of four Americans isn’t important. The obvious illegal gun-running isn’t important. The cover-up isn’t important. According to Waxman, it’s only important to be on the committee to “neutralize” it, to obstruct and subvert the process.
That’s the American way!
So if a bloody attack on an American consulate isn’t important to Waxman…what is?
Evidently the name of a professional football team should command the full attention and weight of the U.S. Congress. That team being the Washington Redskins.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-California) is urging the Committee on Energy and Commerce to hold a hearing to examine the racial insensitivity of the team’s name in light of the actions taken against Sterling.
The team’s derogatory name has been a source of controversy for decades, and has heated up in recent years because of several high-profile Change the Name campaigns, most notably the one launched last year by the Native American group Oneida Indian Nation. In a letter to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who chairs the Committee, Waxman writes that “in the case of the Washington football team, the offensive conduct is public, not private…but is being condoned and defended by the National Football League.”
“As the Committee with primary jurisdiction over sports, we could play a constructive role in challenging racism by asking Mr. [Dan] Snyder and Mr. [Roger] Goodell,” Waxman writes, “to explain in a public hearing how their actions are consistent with the public interest.”
So a team that has been the “Redskins” since 1933 and “Washington Redskins” since 1937 has only now drawn the ire of a political hack like Waxman who evidently believes it is far more pressing to mettle in the affairs of a private sports league than to uncover the truth of the brutal murder of Americans.
There you go America — that’s your present-day Democrat party.