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Rhetoric that makes me see red — or brown shirts

Most of us are children or grandchildren of WWII vets and grew up during the “duck and cover” days of the cold war.  We grew up fearing the great Soviet war machine that was an out growth of WWII. We are not yet, that far removed from those days.  I think that’s why when we hear the words of Ken Salazar keeping his “boot on the throat of BP” it simply causes a small wave of nausea to wash over us.

Those are dictatorial words that make Americans see red – as in communist red.

Rhetoric like that is a total disregard for the rule of law that we have grown to expect, that we take for granted and that most of us don’t even consider because it’s become so — American.

No one wants to see BP off the hook for this mess. Everyone wants BP to take full responsibility for what has happened, in all ways, including financial.  But phrases like ‘knowing whose ass to kick’ and ‘keeping a boot on the throat’ does not reflect the kind of justice most of us want or the way we want justice to be meted out.

Words matter and how words are used matters, a lot. These kinds of threats only serve to turn off Americans and reinforces the opinion of a great many that this administration is too far left or too far red – you choose. It sounds a little too jack-booted Nazi for my palate.

It also illustrates how Obamas thug mentality has trickled down in his administration and infected his underlings. Remember Ray LaHood (Sec. of the Dept. of Transportation) saying he would “coerce Americans out of their cars”? Coerce me from driving? Coercion isn’t such a nice word either. It has some criminal overtones, actually. I will not be coerced out of my car to have the government’s boot on my throat so that someone in the Obama adminstration can kick my ass… thank you very much!

Who do these people think they are? And how long do they think they will remain in charge of anything?