“To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men.”* Chuck Grassley is a coward.
By IAN SCHMIT
POCAHONTAS – President Barack Obama is a fascist.
This and other assertions flew through an emotionally-charged town hall meeting conducted by Sen. Chuck Grassley Monday in Pocahontas.
“The president of the United States, that’s who you should be concerned about. Because he’s acting like a little Hitler,” said Tom Eisenhower, a World War II veteran. “I’d take a gun to Washington if enough of you would go with me.”
Grassley met with constituents as part of a junket that also brought him to Humboldt, Ruthven and Rockwell City Monday.
By his count, Grassley’s Pocahontas town hall was his 2,848th such gathering since being elected to the Senate in 1980.
Grassley said the attendance at the town hall meetings has been six times what it was last year.
No, I don’t think for a second that Grassley wants people to march on Washington with guns. But he’s not dismayed to have lunatics like this one as leverage. This would be an excellent time for Max Baucus to break off negotiations, which clearly aren’t going anywhere.
* This saying originates with Ella Wheeler Wilcox. But she actually wrote “To sit in silence” rather than “To sin by silence” and “out of men” rather than “of men.”