Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was unusually blunt in his assessment of the fringe elements of the Republican Party and conservative media during an appearance before a crowd of Washington D.C.’s elite power players at The Atlantic’s First Draft of History conference. He called Fox News resident nutjob host Glenn Beck a “cynic” whose show was antithetical to American values. Finally a Republican from South Carolina who seems lucid and able to make coherent statements!
“Only in America can you make that much money crying,” Graham said of Beck. “Glenn Beck is not aligned with any party. He is aligned with cynicism and there has always been a market for cynics. But we became a great nation not because we are a nation of cynics. We became a great nation because we are a nation of believers.”
He called the birther community that questions the president’s U.S. citizenship “crazy” and implored them to “knock this crap off” so the country could get on to more important matters. “I’m here to tell you that those who think the president was not born in Hawaii are crazy,” said Graham, who went on to dispel another myth: that Obama is a closet Muslim. Speaking before The Atlantic’s First Draft of History conference, Graham also ventured to call “crazy” a recent article on Newsmax, laying out how a military coup could overtake the Obama administration. Source: Huffington Post
I do agree with his comments that the demagoguery and wild emotions were prevalent to the fringes of both political parties. “There are people out there saying crazy things on our side of the aisle,” he said, “there were people saying crazy things about President Bush. That’s just the way it is. ” There are people who just cannot accept a black president, but I honestly do not think the majority of the people criticizing President Barack Obama are racist. We are all confronting harsh economic realities and people are just plain scared and angry at their plight.