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September 12, 2013

RONN MOTT: Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has stirred up a right-wing hornet’s nest when he and John McCain came out in support of the President striking at Syria.

Sen. Graham and Sen. John McCain, though representing totally different parts of the nation, have been in lock-step against most everything the President has tried to do. It has angered Graham’s constituency. They, evidently, are upset that he has become a voice in international dealings and they suppose he is ignoring the business of South Carolina. Like the song says, “It ain’t necessarily so,” but mean and vicious attacks on Graham are growing in number anyway.

You would think after one of the world’s most vicious civil wars (South Carolina individually began it by firing on Fort Sumter), the people from the Palmetto State would be a little less war-like, especially against their own senator. But it doesn’t appear to be the case.

I’m not sure I understand what the people of South Carolina want. They have killed labor unions in the state so they don’t have to pay their workers very much. Any idiot in a black suit coat and a memory of biblical phrases in his mouth, and a Bible in his hand, can be placed in a strange church and made a political leader, just about overnight. You are suspect, politically, if you are someone from the center because you would be suspect, perhaps, daring to make a compromise with the opposition. South Carolina is so right wing I’m sure they will take out left-turn signals soon because it speaks to something politically they do not wish to see.

Now, there are three candidates running against Lindsey Graham. There may be more soon. Sen. Graham has been successful in previous attempts; he is soft-spoken, and a southern gentleman. Evidently, to placate the right wing, being a gentleman is no longer popular.  

Since every Republican candidate fears the thought of a primary election full of people against him/her, and those same people with a lot of money, it appears we have two political parties under the GOP banner. If you are one of the right wing, Tea Party knuckleheads, don’t you think it’s time you had your own party? Or, is it, as I suspect, just a lot more fun disrupting the Republican Party and its attempt to get something done in Congress, or anywhere else?

This same kind of primary political suicide cost Richard Lugar his seat in the Senate and cost the GOP an Indiana Senate seat.  Was it worth it? I can’t see how it could have been worth it.

So, Sen. Graham, and the people of South Carolina, I would wish to live long enough to see you joining the nation in social and economic progress, maybe in the next 200 years.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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