Comment of the Day: Can politicians walk and chew gum too?

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Some argue politicians should accomplish world peace before dealing with "less important" issues.
Our post about Rep. Betty McCollum calling on Vikings owner Zygi Wilf to publicly denounce the Redskins nickname elicited a lot of comments of this sort:

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But in response to that reasoning, Stefanie Megan Brown made a case that it just might be possible for politicians to work on more than one issue at once.

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Not only that, but there's good reason for McCollum to be focused on the Redskins issue. Even though D.C. is obviously a long ways away from McCollum's congressional district, she's co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus. So it's not as though her letter to Wilf represents a politician wasting their time on issues that aren't of concern to constituents.

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Lisa Stoffel
Lisa Stoffel

You accomplish world peace by dealing with the "small things."

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

Sorry to disappoint... I was joking, "ritard" reference is from the movie the hangover

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

It already is divided, we relegated the Native Americans to reservations. Keeping Native Americans in poverty while governing the name of a football team is a special kind of stupid - and in no way promotes peace.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

The irony of you spelling 'retard' incorrectly is delicious!

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

Get out of biased political reporting and do the entertainment news and events. We already have a left wing fascist progressive paper in the cities, STRIB

Aaron Caswell
Aaron Caswell

this is working toward world peace... society cant last if the culture is vacantly divided

ch_huhyphc
ch_huhyphc

As American Indian Movement activist Russell Means used to say, the US's foreign policy is the natural extension of the US's Indian Policy. Take you want, kill when you have to. If anyone wants to undo the horror of American history and our awful treatment of the American Indians, stopping the spread of take-what-you want violence is essential. The window dressing of changing the name of the DC football team is VERY long overdue, but let's not kid ourselves: the legacy of US violence inherent in Indian Policy lives on, even in the age of Obama. We kill whomever we decide is a terrorist threat without presenting any evidence of them being a terrorist before any court of law. We are, as we were in the 1800s, making the argument that whatever violence we feel is necessary to protect Americans from savages/terrorists is necessary and justified. 

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

No I'm not talking about the tickets they write. We as taxpayers are paying for click it or tixket signs and commercials. If you don't know that you ahould wear a seatbelt by now, then you are a ritard.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Besides that, according to the CDC, "Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%". But instead we have to spend money on enforcement for something so simple.

Dustin Eilertsen
Dustin Eilertsen

I think you're missing the point. The tickets were $150 ten years ago, so I'm sure they're approaching $200 now. Taking $200 from someone is not "spending" money.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

EVERY GD car since 1972 beeps at you if you don't put your seatbelt on, we don't need to spend money to remind stupid people to wear their GD seatbelt

Kevin J. O'Brien
Kevin J. O'Brien

Pretty sure congress should be able to handle more than one issue at a time.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Chris Hiatt had easily the smartest comment from this stupid "Comments of the Day" section thus far. You should probably post more actual smart comments like his, or just do away with the stupid thing entirely.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

The dumbest people on Earth are the idiots who argue in favor of keeping the Redskins name.    

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