I read Mike Buffington's opinion piece, “Politicians need to tamp down their rhetoric” and I would like to tender a couple of comments.
• I think it’s disingenuous to try to draw some sort of a parallel between George Wallace and Doug Collins. Wallace, a Democrat, never, to my knowledge, apologized for any of his racist words or actions. Collins apologized immediately and forcefully retracted his statement. In the rare instance I hear someone from the left apologize there’s always a big “BUT” attached, with so much emphasis on the “but” that it doesn’t seem much of an apology at all.
• I also think it’s fair to say Collins made his ill-thought out remarks out of frustration. Trump takes out a murderous Iran general and terrorist and the political left and media make Trump out to be the villain and the general a sympathetic figure. That makes me frustrated!
• Last, he made innuendo that Fox News is a right-wing network. What do you call CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC The New York Times, The Washington Post and others… balanced and fair minded journalists? I hope not.