Shame by association
One more thought about Congress dismal performance during the last few weeks.
Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, has vowed that he will never change its name.
Whether you agree with his desire to maintain the teams tradition, or whether you believe the term Redskins is offensive, you might be able to get behind a proposal thats making the Internet rounds today: Remove the word Washington from the teams name.
The dismal state of political discourse seems to be contagious, even spilling over to the marketplace.
In Rogers, Ark., the owner of Smokin Joes Ribhouse posted a sign that read, Obamacare Americas punishment for slavery years. After complaints from community members and other business owners, the owner quickly removed the sign and apologized. That he didnt even recognize how outrageous the sentiment was is telling.
I didnt intend for it to be racist-oriented at all, Joe Howard told a TV reporter, insisting that his complaint was with the Affordable Care Act, not the president. He said he would have to eliminate a location if the law went into effect as enacted.
A northeast Indiana business owner showed no better restraint, displaying an Impeach Obama message on the digital signboard at Kendallvilles Cornerstone Plaza, along with an image of the president with a Hitler-style moustache. It was removed after one day.
But who can blame the business owners for their uncivil behavior? They hardly have better role models in Congress.