Rep. Kanjorski And The NYT Lead The Nation By Example

You can’t make this stuff up.  The NYT is on a civility kick, so they printed on OpEd from former Democratic Representative Paul Kanjorski:

Nevertheless, even in this post-9/11 world, the shooting of Ms. Giffords was especially shocking, because it was so personal. She was hunted down far from the symbolic halls of power while performing the most fundamental responsibility of her job, listening to her constituents.

As far as we know, her attacker had no grand political point; I doubt we will ever really understand his motives. What the shooting does tell us, however, is that it is impossible to eliminate the risks faced by elected officials when they interact with their constituents.

We all lose an element of freedom when security considerations distance public officials from the people. Therefore, it is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent confrontation.

Perfectly reasonable sentiments.  Kumbaya and all that. 

But where have we heard from Rep. Kanjorski before.  Right, not so long ago he called for a Republican candidate for Florida Governor to be executed:

“Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him [Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Florida governor] and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he’s running for governor of Florida. He’s a millionaire and a billionaire. He’s no hero. He’s a damn crook. It’s just we don’t prosecute big crooks.”

Now, I doubt Kanjorski was serious then.  But I am certain that he is not serious now.  People like Kanjorski don’t want civility.  They want the freedom to be as uncivil as they desire, with the other guy muzzled.

Patrick Kennedy could not be reached for comment.

Via Just One Minute.

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