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Editorial: Vilification has no place in debate
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/23/11 | Editor

Posted on 01/23/2011 2:23:47 PM PST by SmithL

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, disgraced us all this week when he compared Republicans to Nazis in an almost empty House chamber. With the smell of gunpowder from the Tucson, Ariz., mass killings and President Barack Obama's words of reconciliation still hanging in the air, he derailed any steps toward civility in favor of partisan exaggerations beyond the bounds of decency.

Cohen accused the GOP of lying about health care reform and then compared their tactics to those of notorious Nazi propaganda chief Josef Goebbels. He then said, echoing Republican former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, that the GOP was engaged in "blood libel" of Democrats.

That kind of rhetoric is precisely what Obama warned against Jan. 12 during his speech after the Tucson shootings. . . .

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: cohen; memphis; nazi

1 posted on 01/23/2011 2:23:50 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Cohen is the new Alan Grayson.

2 posted on 01/23/2011 2:24:45 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: SmithL
"Civility" is a one-way street, and don't you forget it, you Nazis.
3 posted on 01/23/2011 2:26:50 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: SmithL

There is no debate. There is only vilification.

4 posted on 01/23/2011 2:28:01 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (talk to the hand.)
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To: SmithL
I've been trying to talk reasonably with the Left since 2000.

They won't.

5 posted on 01/23/2011 2:32:03 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Brilliant

He has some big shoes to fill.

Clown shoes usually are.

6 posted on 01/23/2011 2:32:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SmithL

Why warn Democrats not to act like asses? When your enemy is digging his grave, don’t stop him.

7 posted on 01/23/2011 2:34:28 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: SmithL




The following members of Congress are Marxists and terrorist coddlers who have rebranded themselves as “Progressives” in an attempt to hide their agenda

Nancy Pelosi was one of the original members of the “Congressional Progressive Caucus” and only left when she was named Minority Leader.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) was established in 1991 by five members of the United States House of Representatives: Representatives Ron Dellums (D-CA), Lane Evans (D-IL), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Then-Representative Bernie Sanders was the convener and first. The founding members were concerned about the economic hardship imposed by the deepening recession, the growing inequality brought about by the timidity of the Democratic Party response at the time.

Additional House representatives joined soon, including Major Owens (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), David Bonior (D-MI), Bob Filner (D-CA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Patsy Mink (D-HI), George Miller (D-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), John Olver (D-MA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

All members are members of the Democratic Party or caucus with the Democratic Party. There are currently 82 total declared Progressives including 79 voting Representatives, 2 non-voting Delegates, and 1 Senator.

Using information from the Center for Responsive Politics (, I separated the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus into four groups, based on a subjective review of his or her major contributors. Where appropriate, there is a link to an associated video highlight of the Congressman’s/women’s sheer brilliance.

[YES] = Most top campaign contributors are public-employee or labor unions
[MOSTLY] = Many top campaign contributors are public-employee or labor unions
[MIXED] = Some top campaign contributors are public-employee or labor unions, but some are not
[NO] = Few top campaign contributors are public-employee or labor unions

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (as of 2-JUN-2010)


Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) [YES]

Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06) [YES]

Vice Chairs

Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33) [YES]

Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05) [YES]

Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18) [YES]

Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02) [MIXED]

Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10) [YES]

Hon. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04) [MIXED]

Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08) [YES]

Senate Members

Hon. Roland Burris (IL) [NO]

Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT) [YES]

Hon. Tom Udall (NM) [YES]

House Members

Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02) [MOSTLY]

Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31) [YES]

Hon. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) [YES]

Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01) [YES]

Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03) [MOSTLY]

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: “Rank has its privledges”)

Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08) [MIXED]

Hon. André Carson (IN-07) [MOSTLY]

Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL) [NO]

Hon. Judy Chu (CA-32) [MOSTLY]

Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11) [YES]

Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01) [YES]

Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) [MIXED]

Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09) [MIXED]

Hon. John Conyers (MI-14) [YES]

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “Read the bill”)

Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07) [YES]

Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07) [YES]

Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) [YES]

Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) [MOSTLY]

Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17) [YES]

Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02) [YES]

Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51) [YES]

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “I’m a Congressman. I demand special treatment.”)

Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04) [MIXED] Lots of financial institutions

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “Statements on Fannie and Freddie just before the collapse”)

Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) [MIXED]

Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) [YES]

Hon. John Hall (NY-19) [MIXED]

Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17) [YES]

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “I don’t care about the Constitution”)

Hon. Alcee Hastings (FL-23) [MOSTLY]

Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22) [YES]

Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15) [YES]

Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02) [MIXED]

Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) [MOSTLY]

Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04) [YES]

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “Guam might tip over and capsize”)

Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) [YES]

Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13) [MIXED]

Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09) [YES]

Hon. John Lewis (GA-05) [YES]

Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02) [YES]

Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3) [MIXED]

Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) [MIXED]

Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07) [NO]

Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07) [MIXED]

Hon. James McGovern (MA-03) [YES]

Hon. George Miller (CA-07) [YES]

Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04) [YES]

Hon. Jim Moran (VA-08) [NO]

Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08) [MOSTLY]

Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-All) [YES]

Hon. John Olver (MA-01) [YES]

Hon. Frank Pallone (NJ-06) [YES]

Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04) [YES]

Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10) [YES]

Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01) [MIXED]

Hon. Jared Polis (CO-02) [NO]

Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15) [MIXED]

Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37) [YES]

Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) [YES]

Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01) [YES]

Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-39) [YES]

Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) [YES]

Hon. José Serrano (NY-16) [YES]

Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28) [YES]

Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13) [MOSTLY]

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “On the national debt, which is a sign of wealth(?)”)
* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “Demonstrating his inate charm with a voter”)
* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “On the limits of federal power - at 2:50”)

Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02) [YES]

Hon. John Tierney (MA-06) [YES]

Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12) [YES]

Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35) [YES]

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: “Socializing, Nationalizing — so what’s the difference?”)
* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: “On Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac”)

Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12) [MIXED]

Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30) [MOSTLY]

* (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: “Demonstrating his renowned understanding of the issues”

Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL) [MIXED]
Posted by Soquel by the Creek at 4:54 PM
Labels: campaign financing, Congressional Progressive Caucus, CPC, Democratic Socialists of America, DSA

[edit] Former members

* Sherrod Brown (OH-13) - Elected to Senate
* Julia Carson (IN-07) - Died in December 2007
* Lane Evans (IL-17) - Retired from Congress
* Cynthia McKinney (GA-4) - Lost Congressional seat to current caucus member Hank Johnson
* Major Owens (NY-11) - Retired from Congress
* Nancy Pelosi (CA-8) - Left Caucus when Elected House Minority Leader
* Hilda Solis (CA-32) - Became Secretary of Labor in 2009
* Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH-11) - Died in 2008
* Tom Udall (NM Senate)
* Paul Wellstone (MN Senate) - Died in plane crash in 2002

8 posted on 01/23/2011 2:35:15 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: SmithL
Sorry, but even though Cohen is a lefty creep, this editorial is un-American garbage.

We're all way too civil with these tyrants. They have waaaaay more in common with Stalin & Hitler than Jefferson & Madison. Both parties. Criticize while you can. Soon we will be rounded up, if that hasn't started already.

9 posted on 01/23/2011 2:35:37 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I'd rather be Plaxico Burress than Sean Taylor)
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To: SmithL
Neither party is responsible, as Stalin and Hitler were, of the systematic killing of millions of people.

I would strongly disagree. The Democrat party and Steve Cohen himself are fervent promoters of the barbarian practice of abortion. Abortion has resulted in the systematic murder of approximately 1.2 million Americans per year for the past several years. This is a Holocaust as great or greater than any in recorded history.

10 posted on 01/23/2011 2:46:38 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: SmithL
Editorial: Vilification has no place in debate

Agreed - neither does the discussion of the application of socialist policy. Both should be considered reprehensible behavior and banish from American politics.

11 posted on 01/23/2011 2:48:11 PM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SmithL

I still can’t believe the little commie creep got himself elected in a place like Tennessee. It’s a really strange world we live in.

12 posted on 01/23/2011 3:07:13 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Boycott GE!)
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To: SmithL

***U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis,....... in an almost empty House chamber.***

Grandstanding for the home audience.

13 posted on 01/23/2011 3:11:50 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer


14 posted on 01/23/2011 3:25:25 PM PST by SmithL
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Hey, hey, let’s go overboard on this guy.

After all we should all be used to being called Nazis by now; another day, another Nazi reference.

I’m not sure which I’ll be called first on any given day, a Nazi or a racist.

15 posted on 01/23/2011 3:43:53 PM PST by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: SmithL

They play up the nazi thing, then they say that if you call them “socialists” or “marxists” - which they are - you are being uncivil.

It’s a trap.

16 posted on 01/23/2011 3:45:14 PM PST by paulycy (Liberals suck all the joy out of America. Make them stop.)
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To: paulycy
...if you call them “socialists” or “marxists” - which they are - you are being uncivil.
It’s a trap.

It sure Is....a trap.
.of course, They would never (ever) lie...they're hypocrites.

17 posted on 01/23/2011 3:59:35 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Imam Zer0: "Don't retire or get sick, just die! ...& remember pay all my fees / taxes" :)
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To: SmithL
If political speech is supposedly pushing people over the edge to commit murders in Tuscon, Arizona... how does a call to prayer five times every day at a Ground Zero mosque affect them???
18 posted on 01/23/2011 4:23:08 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Brilliant
Cohen is the new Alan Grayson.



Makes me wonder if he is a distant cousin of the other Cohen...
That Borat guy...

Both pretty ridiculous...
...Neither very funny

Maybe worth a *google*??

19 posted on 01/23/2011 4:26:22 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Its even stranger than that. TN-09 is the “black” seat held by Harold Ford, then his son Harold Ford, Jr, who stepped down in 2006 to run for the US Senate (he lost). This seat was drawn to elect a black and the Fords owned this seat for over 30 years.

Since 2006, the “black” seat has been held by this socialist Jew Steve Cohen, who spends a lot of time pandering to his black district. It was he who offered up the apology for slavery as a bone to his base.

Some day, the blacks are going to get a real candidate and sweep this trash from office but the new guy will probably be a defective also. I live in the hood in this district, so I know the pitifulness of this area well.

20 posted on 01/23/2011 6:05:46 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: SmithL

Why name Palin? It was Paul Krugman of the NYT and Mr. Day of the New York Daily News who accused Sarah Palin of murder before the blood was dried in the Tucson Safeway.

Yet they are NEVER mentioned in all the fever about Tucson. At all.

21 posted on 01/23/2011 7:22:09 PM PST by cookcounty (Knives, Guns, Enemies and Axx-Kicks: The Gentle Political Speech of Barack Obama.)
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