Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

Inspection is a weekly column. However, occasionally the author is sufficiently outraged or intrigued by a current topic to write a special, second, edition.

“To use such threats as political weapons is reprehensible.”

-Eric Cantor, Representative of Virginia’s 7th congressional district

Why, yes, it is, Rep. Cantor.

Then why are you doing it?

In the typical judo move some Repubs; those who most deserve the title “ReThug,” attempt to use, suddenly the mere mention of cut gas lines and other actual acts of violence is an attempt to use such threats as political weapons. Given a different context, another time, one can hear…

“How dare you use the gassing as a political weapon? Shut up Jew!”

One shouldn’t be surprised by this obvious tactic. It’s like all the angst over Joe Biden and the F bomb. When their VP used it in public they cheered. Whether it be profanity, threats or actual violence, if we could stack all the tolerance and excuses on the Right for their own misbehavior it could be seen from Alpha Centauri with the naked eye.

Ironically, Rep. Cantor used a bullet some fool shot up in the air that happened to land in Republican territory as a political weapon. Yes, unlike cut gas lines, a fertilizer bomb the blew children into little bitty pieces and 9/11: all actual attacks; unfortunately too often used in a political way, Eric Cantor deliberately, and intentionally lied about this bullet.

Or maybe his stance is God is a terrorist? I suspect you probably believe he had something to do with law of gravity, Mr. Cantor.

There’s a long list of violence, not just “threats,” being used as political weapons on the right. The list of “lock and load” type comments, and attempts to turn Obama into an actual physical target of anger, is rather long. Then we have the past… abortion related murder, marching into a church and committing mass murder, anthrax… and pretend anthrax… mailed out more than 90% of the time Democrats… well, in this sense, Mr. Cantor maybe is right. I’m not going to keep going on and on: turn this column into some screed listing the endless examples. But what I would like to see from Mr. Cantor is their long list of people on the more left side of the equation in the past 40 years committing similar violent acts, sending such E-mails and letters.

No such list, Mr. Cantor?

Have to go back to the sixties and early 70s to even get close to an equal list?

And about those “threats” you claim you’ve had? Of course every politician receives them, I’m sure, but to equate them with the kind of threats your teabaggers alone are handing out these days? Tell you what, you show us yours, we’ll show you ours. Let’s have a nice, big, public ceremony. Have the techies trace the E-based threats back to make sure you or one of your followers didn’t just mail it out to create a fictional threat. Then let’s see if the quantity, and the “quality,” of these threats are the same.

Or are you just lying again: using threats for political gain?

Of one thing there can be little doubt. Those who continue to try to find ways to shut up those pointing out violence and threats do have an agenda: their agenda is to support those who do violence and make threats. Perhaps Mr. Cantor is just trying to enable an important part of his base…

…murderers and potential murderers.

“To use such threats as political weapons is reprehensible.”

-Eric Cantor, Representative of Virginia’s 7th congressional district

Yes, Mr. Cantor, it is. And to repeat: if you really believe that…

Stop doing it.


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.

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By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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