Has the United States taken a step back into the Jim Crow era of our history? It’s beginning to feel more and more as though we have. This type of rhetoric is becoming more prevalent every day. The most shocking part is that a lot of it comes from this country’s political leaders on the right!
‘Put anything in my scope and I will shoot it,’ GOP Rep. says of Obama Administration
The former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee may have just destroyed his chances to lead that committee again — if close attention is paid to a slideshow he’s circulating to his Republican colleagues.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who’s vying for the Committee chairmanship with Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), is the most senior member of the committee. But because of self-imposed term limits, he’ll need a special dispensation from House leaders to regain his gavel.
The Washington Post‘s Al Kamen revealed late Monday that Barton was circulating a slideshow in which he promises to declare war on the Obama Administration if he’s reinstated as chair.
“If the Obama administration was hoping to see hints of bipartisanship from the Hill, it might want to skip over the House Energy and Commerce Committee,” Kamen wrote in a brief posting.
“The committee’s ranking Republican, Rep. Joe L. Barton (Tex.), has a slide presentation that he’s e-mailing to colleagues, pledging to do for the administration what Gen. George Patton and company did for Germany,” Kamen adds. “The first slides are standard campaign material, with Barton asking to be elected by the new House Republican majority to be chairman of the committee.”
Barton purportedly boasts of a bona fide conservatism in his initial slides and references his prior leadership.
“I know the ropes and can hit the ground running immediately,” he scribes.
“He especially appeals to the newly elected members, saying he would make sure they are represented on the powerful committee,” Kamen adds.
But it’s the next slide (reprinted below) that’s sure to set Washington aflame. Kamen notes that Barton promised a war with the Obama Administration, but the words of the slide itself are more revealing.
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