Deep End Deval

24May10

The Governor of Massachusetts seems to have gotten in over his head.

Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”

The Democratic governor, who is close to the president, made the comments at a forum at Suffolk Law School’s Rappaport Center, where he was asked by an audience member about partisan battling in Congress.

Patrick said that even “on my worst day, when I’m most frustrated about folks who seem to rooting for failure,” he doesn’t face anything like the opposition faced by the president.

“It seems like child’s play compared to what is going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels to like me,” Patrick said.

Merriam-Webster.com, the dictionary site, defines sedition as “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.”

After the forum, Patrick explained his remarks.

“I think that the number of people in the Grand Old Party who seem to be absolutely committed to saying ‘no,’ whenever he says ‘yes,’ no matter what it is, even if it’s an idea that they came up with, is just extraordinary,” the governor told reporters after the forum.

But did the opposition really border on sedition?

“That was a rhetorical flourish,” Patrick said.

In a statement released a few hours after his comments were posted on Boston.com and other websites, the chairwoman of the state Republican Party criticized Patrick.

“Apparently our First Amendment rights are only guaranteed if we agree with the tax-and-spend policies of Deval Patrick and Barack Obama,” Jennifer Nassour, chairwoman of the state GOP, said.

She added, “the governor should focus on the critical issues at hand, like (lowering) property taxes and controlling rampant spending, instead of defending his buddy President Obama.”

What is sedition?

1 – seditious – incendiary: arousing to action or rebellion
2 – seditious – insurgent: in opposition to a civil authority or government

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4 Responses to “Deep End Deval”

  1. 1 Jim

    Entry: trai·tor
    Pronunciation: \ˈtrā-tər\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English traytour, from Anglo-French traitre, from Latin traditor, from tradere to hand over, deliver, betray, from trans-, tra- trans- + dare to give — more at date
    Date: 13th century
    1 : one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty
    2 : one who commits treason

  2. Disagree and it is sedition?

    The ideological bent of OBAMA and Patrick has broken…..

    Smaller government and less government intrusion into the lives of “We the People.”

    Imagine having the Registrar of Motor Vehicles making health care decisions for you and your family…..That’s what big government does…bureaucrats making YOUR decisions….This independent does not know of a single bureaucrat smart enough to make decisions for others……Imagine if Rachel were deciding whose grandmother could or could not get hip surgery….Yes Virginia, that could happen in the socialized statist mentality of OBAMA and Patrick.

    REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER

  3. “Rhetorical flourish – real world example”

    “I’m going to Congress to help stop him from destroying our nation… And they’re not going to call me a racist.”

    “Animal Farm – Deval Patrick style”

    “It seems like child’s play compared to what is going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels to like me.”

    Gov. Patrick as Squealer with President Obama as Napoleon:

    “No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”


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