TO THE EDITOR,
Oct. 2, Northwest Ohio’s version of Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, was a guest on “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Kaptur shared Maher’s stage with the nihilistic Janeane Garofalo, Thomas Friedman and fanatical atheist Richard Dawkins.
Among the inane blather on the show, the guests expressed the following: Friedman suggested conservatives were fomenting assassination of the president among the Republican base, which went along with Garofalo’s contention that criticism of the president was based solely on racism. Garofalo and Maher repeatedly referred to Tea Party participants with the sexual euphemism “tea baggers,” and Garofalo claimed that the Tea Parties were simply a “white power movement.” Maher and Dawkins joked that people believing in God were a less evolved, subhuman species. Maher also claimed that America had committed genocide against its own people and that we had no moral high ground, which mirrored Garofalo’s contention that American foreign policy justified attacks by radicals on our country.
In the midst of these vile tirades, was universal agreement among the guests that Kaptur was one of a handful of “great Democrats in Washington.” How grand for her.
Throughout most of these ignorant diatribes, Kaptur sat there with a smile on her face and not a word of contradiction on her lips. Her appearance on the show implies tacit agreement with the host and his guests, and her silence during their rants confirms it in my mind. Why would Kaptur otherwise appear on this show with these people? Has she been in Washington so long she didn’t realize her constituents now have cable TV to go along with the indoor plumbing? To paraphrase the adage, you can tell a lot about a person’s character by the company they keep. Perhaps the voters of Northwest Ohio should give someone else her job, so that she can spend more time with her comrades in Hollywood. Kaptur owes an apology to every one of us.
BRIAN K. MEYERS, Oregon