Editorial Department: Words are Just a Bunch of Letters and Sounds

Colorado Pols Editorial DepartmentWelcome back to the “Editorial Department” here at Colorado Pols, where we discuss certain opinion pieces, blog entries, and other assorted Op-Ed commentary.

Today, we bring you a draft editorial that may or may not have been forwarded to us from the office of Senator Cory Gardner. This is a timely piece that addresses the use of extreme rhetoric in Republican politics.

Click after the jump to read the full, unedited commentary that we have attributed to Gardner. Enjoy…

 

The Truth About Republican Rhetoric

We owe you an apology, America.

It has become apparent that some people are actually listening to the words that come out of our mouths, and for that, we sincerely apologize. We are very sorry if you were paying attention to anything we said. We never intended for you to take us seriously.

We have heard the calls from people asking that we take a step back and refrain from using inflammatory rhetoric and repeating known falsehoods. The man who allegedly killed three people at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs used the phrase “no more baby parts” when being interviewed later by law enforcement officials; this is similar language to the rhetoric that Republicans have used for months in order to demonize Planned Parenthood for providing abortions and other health services to women throughout the country.

Is it irresponsible for Republicans to repeat things that we know are untrue? That’s a fair question to ask, and that’s why we are so supportive of legislation that would decimate Obamacare and Medicaid, while also cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The best way to prevent another violent attack on Planned Parenthood is to just get rid of Planned Parenthood altogether. Also, we must not allow Syrian refugees to enter the United States.

In fact, this is all just a big misunderstanding. When Republicans say outlandish things, we are trying to make sure that Republican voters will continue to support us in the next election. When Republicans accuse Planned Parenthood of selling “baby parts,” we are trying to generate headlines, not discussion. I find it more than a little hypocritical that the same people who accuse Republicans of being unable to govern are worried that we might actually be able enact some sort of legislation that would harm Planned Parenthood.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees us the right to free speech – not “true” speech or even “sort-of accurate” speech.

Let me give you an example: My great friend, Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman, has voted six times to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. During his 2014 re-election campaign, Coffman used the Planned Parenthood logo in a campaign advertisement in order to appear more moderate on issues that are important to female voters. When a reporter contacted Coffman’s office for comment, his spokesperson replied, “Using Planned Parenthood’s expression of support is not the same thing as saying it’s a good organization.”

Exactly!

Truth be told, Coffman once backed some obscure measure that Planned Parenthood also supported. He never claimed that the organization endorsed his campaign — he just flashed the logo on the screen. Was it dishonest? That’s not for me to say, but who among us hasn’t stretched the truth on occasion? Shoot, I sometimes tell people that I’m 5-foot-8!

My great great grandpappy invented Colorado, and he had a wonderful saying that I’ll never forget: “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words don’t mean a damn thing.”

I think about that saying every time I hear a Republican start to talk about politics. You should, too.

 

Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 after serving two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has a very nice smile. 

 

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  1. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    Cory Gardner's ass might be 5-foot-8 around…

     

     

     

     

     

    On a good day.

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      While Rome burns…

      Congress Moves to Sabotage the Paris Climate Summit (of course they did)  It will probably turn out to be as big a deal as your 'poison pen' letter to Iranian leaders

      Even as he spoke, congressional Republicans were doing their best to undermine him. That same day, the House approved two resolutions aimed at blocking regulations to curb U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions. The first would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing rules aimed at cutting emissions from new power plants; the second would prevent the agency from enforcing rules targeted at existing power plants. Together, these rules are known as the Clean Power Plan, and they are crucial to the Americans’ negotiating position in Paris. (The Clean Power Plan is central to the United States’ pledge, made in advance of the summit, to cut its emissions by twenty-six per cent.) The House votes, which followed Senate approval of similar resolutions back in November, were, at least according to some members, explicitly aimed at subverting the talks. Lawmakers want to “send a message to the climate conference in Paris that in America, there’s serious disagreement with the policies of this president,” Ed Whitfield, a Kentucky Republican, explained.

      In case you missed it, Senator Gardner's vote signaled a middle-finger to all Coloradans who have worked so hard to create the New Energy Economy in our state.  It's with a bin-full of irony that his previous Congressional District has been the near-sole beneficiary of the billions invested in rural Colorado to meet the state's 30% clean energy mandate. 

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