Thursday, April 10, 2003

Open Mouth, Insert Shoe Store

Open Mouth, Insert Shoe Store

Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
April 10, 2003

He’s done it again, but this time US Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA-8th) has company from across the aisle in the form of US Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY-At Large) in an unrelated issue.

In a public meeting before a group of Alexandria Democrats and a Jewish civil rights group, Moran continues to lose points every time he opens his mouth. This time he suggested that AIPAC – the American Israel Public Action Committee would “direct a campaign against me and take over the campaign of a Democratic opponent.”

Moran continues to espouse his anti-Semitism by hiding behind euphemisms. While AIPAC is a lobbying organization (of which this writer has no affiliation) it is not a political action committee, it neither raises money for nor endorses candidates. Moran may be paranoid thinking people are out to get him, but every time he opens his mouth, he gets himself.

Across the aisle, Cubin stereotyped the entire black community on Wednesday, April 9 during the debate of a piece of gun rights legislation. Her comment came on the heels of a failed Democratic amendment attempting to ban gun sales to drug addicts or those undergoing drug treatment.

“One amendment today said we could not sell guns to anybody under drug treatment. So does that mean that if you go into a black community you can’t sell any guns to any black person,” said Cubin.

Cubin too should be chastised more severely for her comments – comments that should remain on the record and a part of The Congressional Record for all to see.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer living in Alexandria, VA.