We are in a state of complete and utter rhetorical depravity at this point in time of American political debate. Gone are the days of the nuanced speech that defined much of 20th century politics, with sly humor, civil discussion, and reasonable compromise. All language has been forced to the fringes of the political spectrum and removed of all meaning and sincerity. Those on the political Left have claimed moral righteousness, though they have failed to live up to this billing. Their language has developed into a hyperbolic mess of talking points, exaggerations, and flat messages that lack any factual basis.
In their frantic scramble to reclaim at least one house of Congress in the midterms, Democrats have resorted to rhetoric that condemns the right as an elitist, self-interested group solely concerned with transferring wealth from the poor to the rich. Champions of ‘progressive’ causes, including Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) are leaders in this march of rhetorical hyperbole and moral superiority.
Despite the fact that Senator Sanders and his wife, Jane Sanders, are currently under investigation for bank fraud, he can somehow claim he possesses the rectitude of character to impugn Republicans in their policy initiative of repealing the Affordable Care Act, claiming that conservatives in both chambers will risk the death of “thousands of people” in order to pass tax cuts which are included in the bill. Senator Sanders tweeted: “Let us be clear and this is not trying to be overly dramatic: Thousands of people will die if the Republican health care bill becomes law.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Senator, but this gross exaggeration is incredibly overdramatic and completely baseless. The socialist charade to involve the government in a massive overstep of federal power is an emotional appeal to those who currently are faced with soaring premiums and minimal coverage. The claims of the Senator both on the Senate floor and Twitter reek of fear mongering and demagoguery.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is no better. The Democrat from Massachusetts tweeted: “#AHCA will devastate Americans' healthcare. Families will go bankrupt. People will die.” For a Harvard graduate and former professor, the language is inappropriately strong, not to mention the claim being a reckless and feckless ploy to convince voter of the deviance of the American right. She not only fails to recognize the practical failure of ‘Obamacare,’ but also engages in a disgusting sort of demagoguery and exaggeration that is so common among her Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters tends to be a vehement opponent of President Trump and does not equivocate in her resistance to all Republican policy initiatives. Though she opposes the policies of the Trump administration, her language is incredibly and unnecessarily strong, calling for impeachment repeatedly after only several months of the current government being in place. The Congresswoman led ‘Impeach 45’ chants at several speeches in the early months of the Trump presidency, showing her inability to articulate arguments in a parliamentary manner. Unfortunately for Maxine Waters, the Constitution states that the President must be impeached because of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Despite her claims, there is no substantial proof or evidence of any wrongdoing on part of the President or his administration. She makes no intellectual appeals, but rather appeals to unintelligent, uninformed emotions about all actions directly or indirectly related to the President. Waters defamed the Trump cabinet by claiming it is “riddled with scumbags.” Congresswoman Waters never appeals to facts, and therefore contributes to the lack of rhetorical skill that now defines the frustrated, out-of-power Democratic Party.
The oratorical depravity of the Democratic Party is underscored by their baseless and self-righteous moral superiority. This elitist characteristic of obtuse, polemic speech has, and continues to prove a losing strategy for the far-left wing of the Democratic Party.
- Jack Magruder is a featured writer of The Campus Conservative and rising first year student at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He is currently working as an intern-editor at The Daily Caller.