08.31.2009 0

Editorial: What Happens in VegasDoes NOT Stay in Vegas

  • On: 09/02/2009 10:02:43
  • In: Hard Left
  • The old adage “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    What Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thought would be a quiet strong-arm bullying has erupted into a nationwide scandal that sheds light not only on the Senator’s complete disdain for the American people, but on that of the current presidential administration and the general Washington elite as well.

    In a column entitled “Stop the Childish Bullying”, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reveals how Senator Reid directly threatened a member of the newspaper staff, wishing the newspaper—like so many others around the country—would go under. While shaking the hand of the newspaper’s advertising director at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Senator Reid sneered, “I hope you go out of business.”

    Aside from the obvious fact that the Senator is wishing unemployment upon scores of hard-working Nevadans, he is also attempting to bully a dissident voice into silence. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has been critical of Mr. Reid over the years, at times endorsing his opponents.

    With polls plummeting before his very eyes, Harry Reid has resorted to outright despotic tactics to salvage his dwindling power.

    As Sherman Frederick, publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal remarked in his column:

    “You could call Reid’s remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying.

    But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down.”

    The truth is that Senator Reid cares very little about protecting his constituents, let alone faithfully serving their interests. Job security and reelection come first—and it seems the Las Vegas Review-Journal was a hindrance to those ends. As Mr. Frederick stated:

    “For the sake of all who live and work in Nevada, we can’t let this bully behavior pass without calling out Sen. Reid. If he’ll try it with the Review-Journal, you can bet that he’s tried it with others. So today, we serve notice on Sen. Reid that this creepy tactic will not be tolerated.”

    What happened in Vegas has not stayed in Vegas. Nor is the incident unique to Vegas. Many politicians across the country—especially those in lockstep collusion with the Obama Administration—serve their own self-interest first and foremost. And it often comes at the expense of the people who elected them.

    Sometimes, it seems, the American people just get in the way. Which is why the members of Congress have recently turned to labeling their constituents “un-American,” “brownshirts,” and (Mr. Reid’s word) “evil mongers.”

    Nevadans and the rest of the American people ought to echo the words of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and let those in Washington know that henceforth this kind of “creepy tactic will not be tolerated.”

    Otherwise, the odds are about 100 to 1 that Washington’s “public servants” will increasingly ignore and abhor the public they have come to disdain.


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