Blame it on a desire to get noticed by a TV show. Blame it on an effort to whip up enthusiasm. Blame it whatever you want, but the trend in campaigns is for candidates to say more and more outrageous things, largely without any accountability from the voting public. In fact, as voters trend towards less knowledge of U.S. and world history, they are less capable of spotting obvious nonsense, and as they become more partisan, they appear eager to embrace even the stupidest of claims.
Today’s example comes courtesy of Democrat candidate Heather Ross, who is one of several candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Congressional District Six here in Arizona. Dr. Ross – yes, she is an educated lady – in an effort to generate support from a crowd of liberal activists, decided to tell her story about how she was trash talking the House Freedom Caucus to her ASU nursing students. (Okay, I’m guessing it was a crowd of liberal activists she was seeking support from, but they’re standing in front of rainbow curtains under an actual snowflake, so I think it’s a pretty safe guess.)
Dr. Ross was describing the HFC as eager to take health care away from Americans, which of course is nonsense but went unchallenged in that room. Then she got to her favorite part of the story, when one of her students asked her what the House Freedom Caucus was? According to Heather Ross, Democrat candidate for Congress, “the Freedom Caucus is a group of conservative right-wing Republicans who are the most divisive and destructive movement in American politics since the Civil War.”
Naturally that claim was loudly applauded by a room full of people who have apparently never heard of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), the Communist Party USA, the American Nazi Party, Weather Underground, Antifa, or any of a multitude of other groups.
So murdering/racist/hate-mongering/genocidal maniacs are better than elected Congressmen who take seriously their oath to the US Constitution? Apparently the answer is yes if you are in a room filled with liberal Democrat activists who are ready to Stand Up and be Indivisible!
Dr. Heather Ross isn’t an idiot, but she is willing to foment hate and division with hyperbole and lies, demonstrating zero desire to make America a better place. If she really cared about tolerance, discourse, and comity, she wouldn’t permit herself to spread ignorance and intolerance to a room full of people who actually consider her words encouragement to support her for public office.
It might also be worth sharing this with whoever does the hiring at ASU? Clearly the topic isn’t her specialty, but much as a university shouldn’t hire me to teach medicine, hiring Dr. Ross to teach public policy/current events is clearly a terrible waste of money.