Hypocrisy from the News & Record? Surely, you jest!
December 8, 2012 3 Comments
The News & Record editorialized today in opposition to naming a federal building in honor of a political icon. The editors oppose the honor, in part, because the individual in question is “a polarizing figure”; his supporters may not be aware of the “full scope” of his “legacy.”
What is it about the icon that is objectionable? Among other factors, he is known for “hard-fought, polarizing election campaigns characterized by heavy spending for negative TV ads.” Furthermore, his electoral victories “weren’t landslides. The electorate was divided, each time tilting a little in his favor.
“A referendum on giving him this honor,” the editors continue, “might produce as much heat and noise as one of his campaigns. Putting his name on a building where people of all races and political views conduct daily business will leave some distinctly uncomfortable. The ‘simple honor’ will dredge up complex feelings among many.”
In closing, the editors write that the individual in question is a “polarizing figure” whose name “should not go on a federal building.”
All of the arguments above could be applied to President Barack Obama, but they never will be, at least not by the editorial board of the News & Record. The editors are troubled not by these arguments, but by the fact that the potential honoree is a conservative: former Senator Jesse Helms.
Shall we anticipate similar editorials in a few years, in opposition to schools, highways, and bridges being named in honor of the liberal icon, Barack Hussein Obama?
Don’t hold your breath.