19 Sep

Jayne All we have to fear is fear itself

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor Call it a hunch, but they seem to be running out of ideas.Republicans that is. Or at least Republicans in Washington, D.C. Or at least some Republicans in Washington, D.C. It would be unfair to paint all members of the GOP with the same brush; political parties are vast collections of people with diverse viewpoints.But in the current landscape of 24/7 media and pervasive social media and “gotcha” politics, it is trendy to seize upon the most outrageous fringe of a particular belief system and pretend it represents all members of a particular group. So we apologize in advance to those Republicans who remain reasonable, thoughtful and willing to argue policy on its merits.Unfortunately, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, does not fit into that category. Rather than engage in a nuanced discussion of policy, Stewart is resorting to dog whistles and fear-mongering and scare tactics. Because that is what you do when you run out of ideas.Stewart proudly announced last week that he has received approval to form an “Anti-Socialism Caucus” in the House of Representatives. “So much time has passed from the fall of the Iron Curtain that many have internalized — or never experienced — socialism’s ultimate price,” he said. “If we fail to recall those dangerous times, the primitive appeal of socialism will advance and infect our institutions.”Ultimate price? Dangerous times? Primitive appeal? Infect our institutions? Sounds scary. And yet it seems to be all that Republicans have these days. Well, that and tax cuts for the wealthy. In his State of the Union address in February, President Trump declared, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country” — as if that really needed to be said.last_img read more