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The Comedy of Political Comity

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The Comedy of Political Comity

The Comedy of Political Comity
November 09
19:29 2018

The most common refrains in politics today are those calls for more civility. We need to respect the opinions of others. We need more tolerance. So sayeth almost everyone. Of course, it is not going to happen anytime soon, and the reason is obvious.

No one really means it – a least in reference to their own side of the political divide. Each side seems to see unity and civility as the prerequisite of unconditional surrender by the other side. After all, all that animus name calling, and enmity directed at the other side is deserved.

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If politics were theater – and it mostly is – this entire production entitled “Comity” would be categorized as a comedy – a farce.

These insincere calls for a “kinder and gentler” nation – as George Bush the First pleaded even when times were not nearly as acrimonious as they are today – are belied by people like CNN’s Don Lemon. He recently called for greater tolerance and an end to labeling people. But, in the same sentence, he said that we need to understand that the problem is the existence of “white men” who, in his mind, wreak terrorism on the nation. He was not speaking of a specific white man, but all white manhood in one of those black racist statements that do not exist in the mind of the left because of the illogical claim that blacks cannot be racist.

California Congressman Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has promised to restore that Committee’s reputation as nonpartisan. No sooner did Schiff make that noble commitment than he explained how, under his leadership, the Committee would be very aggressive in investigating just about everything to do with the Trump administration and Trump the businessman and Trump the person.

The soon-to-be chairman of the Judiciary Committee, New York Congressman Jerry Nadler, began a recent interview with assurances that the comedy of future hearings … oops, I mean the comity of future hearings will restore Congress’ traditional(?) bipartisanship. (I guess I mistakenly used the word “comedy” because Nadler’s statements made me laugh.) Like his colleague Schiff, Nadler went on with what can only be described as a series of political threats regarding his first priorities when taking the gavel at committee hearings.

Both Schiff and Nadler are among the most strident and ready-for-revenge members of Congress. But they are not the worst of the lot. That dubious honor goes to the occasionally rational California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who is more than willing to play the heavy in this Democrat production.

She makes no pretense about comity or civility – although she would make a great subject of satirical comedy if Saturday Night Live ever wanted to balance their parodies. As the ever-present voice of impeachment, Waters openly promises to use her power to bring down the President by issuing subpoenas as if they were coupons for a new detergent.

Presiding over this hypocritical cabal is soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who also echoed the theme of comity and cooperation. – albeit limited to government spending on infrastructure. Outside of that, her promises of holding Trump and the Republicans “accountable” is nothing more than a euphemistic call-to-arms.

Even if Pelosi were well-intentioned – and there is no reason to believe she is – she would have a difficult time controlling the rabid retaliation demanded by an increasing number within her own caucus. While Pelosi embraced political identity politics in seeing the major achievement of Election Day 2018 as gains for women, blacks, Indians, Muslims and gays, she did not address the faction with the most significant gain – members of the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement. Those folks are bringing their search-and-destroy mission to a higher ground on the field of battle.

Today’s politics reminds one of that lyrical line from the stage play and movie A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight.” Or is it “comity tonight?”

So, there ‘tis.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. DAV
    DAV November 12, 21:04

    Concerning Don Lemon: I discovered DECADES ago (I’m 68) that blacks (in general) are TWICE as prejudiced as white people. Blacks keep prejudice alive and that’s a fact!

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    • Steve
      Steve November 13, 18:17

      Dated a black girl for a couple years and have never seen that level of racism from any white racist in my 73 years here.

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  2. hope-dp
    hope-dp November 12, 22:40

    In the forest of democratic politicians, is there one tree that stands apart from the hypocritical norm? Is there one with it’s own root system not being fed and infected by the dung the rest seem to flourish on?

    Reply to this comment
  3. Mark
    Mark November 13, 18:15

    Mr. Horist, I believe there is a slot for you on Fox News. You’re twice as good as any of their regular guests, left or right. Articulate, insightful, thoughtful, I fully respect and support your views. Right on!

    Reply to this comment
  4. WhaddaWeDo?
    WhaddaWeDo? November 25, 20:56

    This may not seem germane to the discussion, but I do believe that in this hyper-political environment, leftist politicians and “journalists” are largely boxed in: they couldn’t leave if they wanted to. Anyone who strays from that rather twisted orthodoxy (even just a little bit) risks a rain of fire culminating in complete and utter devastation not unlike the most recent California fires. They’re stuck. Now mind you, that would only be a few as most are so far down the rabbit hole of leftism, they know of nothing else.

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