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Tennessee state senator: No apology

This morning, we posted an essay on the DecodeDC blog about shut-up culture and the ways social media enables (and encourages) people to demonize and

This morning, we posted an essay on the DecodeDC blog about shut-up culture and the ways social media enables (and encourages) people to demonize and hence try to stifle those they dislike.

Now comes a State Senator from Tennessee, Republican Stacey Campfield of Knoxville, to tempt us. 

On Sunday, Senator Campfield posted his very special “Thought of the Day”, a brief meditation on how the health insurance requirement in the Affordable Care Act  compares to the trains that took Jews to the death camps in the Holocaust. Campfield wrote:

"Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory [sic] sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s.”

In a Monday post, Campfield didn’t apologize

"I regret that some people miss the point of my post. It was not to offend. It was to warn.  To draw attention to Obamacare and the slippery slope that I see occurring in the lives of myself, my constituents, and the rest of the country with the continued taking of freedom by the federal government.

In no way was my post meant to diminish or detract from the pain, suffering and loss of human life that occurred during this dark time in human history. Instead the post was meant to draw attention to the loss of freedom that we are currently experiencing. I stand by my steadfast opposition to Obamacare.

My position and record on the sacredness of human life and protecting that life speaks for itself. 300 million Americans are at risk from government bureaucrats deciding who should be given life saving medications and who should be denied. Every citizen now faces the possibility of their tax dollars going to pay for a government funded abortion. At no point in our history have we ever faced a federal government and administration with a lower regard for human life, and that is something that I cannot and will not allow to go unchallenged.

I will continue to stand up against the government takeover of the nations healthcare. I will continue to support freedom and life."

Campfield has been properly and swiftly pilloried by editorialists and on social media.  Good.

A couple interesting questions to ponder, I think, come out of this.

Should we care that some of the social media response to Campfield has been obscene or vicious?

Should Campfield by censured in some way by the Tennessee state senate?

As a thought experiment, if Campfield were invited to speak at your local school, would you try to bar him?

If you care to, send your thoughts our way at decodedc@scripps.com.

 
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