In professional sports, when a player displays unsportsmanlike conduct or inappropriate behavior, there are penalties and possible ejection from the game. In an effort to preserve the integrity of the game, hefty fines and/or suspensions are levied. But in the game of politics, we’ve lowered the bar, if it even exists at all. When did inappropriate outbursts and discourse resulting in civil unrest become patriotic or the American way? It seems as though we expect more of our athletes than those elected to represent us in Congress.
Many of these elected officials are up for election this November. Politicians that have fanned the flames of hate, racial tension and civil unrest among the likes of tea baggers through direct lies and misrepresentations should be penalized. The integrity of our electorate cannot continue to be compromised by those determined to take us backwards.
The penalty for these politicians must come from the ballot box. Political jockeying has already begun for the upcoming November elections. It’s time to make the call and eject those that have exemplified Un-American like conduct.