Unlike a shrill chorus among her fellow Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hasn’t – yet – accused congressional Republicans of committing sedition with their opposition to Obamacare. Even so, her charge that the Republicans are “sabotaging” the program is just as poisonous to the health of the political system. Sedition is widely understood to be incitement to insurrection for the purpose of overthrowing established authority. Sabotage is the act of obstructing or otherwise disrupting something, though not necessarily with the aim of subverting established authority.
So how can Pelosi’s corrosive rhetoric be as destructive as that being peddled by the likes of Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Democratic activist groups such as Moveon.org? Cohen described Tea Party Republicans as “domestic enemies” – which associates them with sedition – while Moveon.org called for the arrest and prosecution of House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans who oppose Obamacare, which is to say of all of them....To Read More....
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