(Stay classy, Jeff Crank – promoted by Colorado Pols)
Obviously, as a political culture, we've moved beyond civility–not that we were ever so civil. But it's hard to deny that America does embrace differences more than it did historically.
Given how rude America is, you wouldn't expect Colorado Springs talk-radio host Jeff Crank to be nice on the radio. But we can expect a baseline of inclusiveness without senseless divisive rhetoric.
So what's to gain from Crank's attack below, delivered Sat. on KVOR, other than to foment division?
Sheila Jackson Lee who is a –she’s a doofus! I mean, I don’t know any other way to say it. She’s – she’s a member of Congress – a female member of Congress – a Congresswoman. Uh, she happens to be African American. Actually, she’s black. I can’t stand the term African American. I hate it. I hate ‘Italian- American,’ ‘African American.’ I hate all of that! We’re Americans! She happens to be black. And if that offends her, I didn’t intend to do such, but if you’re that sensitive, get a life.
You can let this slide by, and maybe that's the best thing to do, but you can also say there's no reason for it, especially if you're a Republican like Crank, who twice ran for Congress and was inches away from winning.
As left-leaning operative Brad Woodhouse reminds us in a Hill opinion piece title "New Year, Same Old Party," Crank-type rhetoric is driving the GOP itself into oblivion, despite the party's own recognition of the "eye-rolling" that Republicans evoke.
Crank can look at our country and see "all Americans." And others can be affirm their heritages whatever they might be. Why can't Crank let it be. And we can all sort of get along. Why does Crank need to do this?