Listening to him speaking passionately and relentlessly for nearly two hours at the Tea Party meeting on July 3 has given me a new perspective on Gosar.
He is not a “right winger.” He has morphed into irrational fanaticism.
Starting with a condemnation of the Benghazi incident as his first blast against President Obama, he described minute details of numerous events, each in order to condemn President Obama, and each cited as reasons that Gosar is so passionately determined to lead the charge of impeaching the president.
He was particularly ferocious against Attorney General Eric Holder whom he accused of actively working against the rule of law. Taking numerous incidents out of context in order to frame them as acts against the Constitution, he repeatedly assailed Holder for “betraying the American people.” He promised to lead an unrelenting campaign to have the attorney general removed from office, at any cost and “however long it takes.”
He insisted that immigration will not be addressed by the House of Representatives until the border is entirely secure, as if that could really happen.
He made it abundantly clear that he and a small band of like-minded congressmen will stop comprehensive immigration reform from happening. He condemned as unconstitutional the bi-partisan Senate immigration bill.
Gosar particularly objected to the granting of citizenship to immigrants who put their lives at risk for the country and then honorably complete military service.
He announced that this fall he will mount a virtual “take no prisoners” approach in attacking both the president and Holder, even, he defiantly asserted, if it causes the IRS to come after him or Homeland Security to appear at his office brandishing weapons.
Defiant of Speaker John Boehner’s leadership, he again demonstrated his “my way or the highway” approach to politics by declaring, quote, “If Speaker Boehner does what Paul Gosar wants, he will be speaker again.”
One can easily challenge Gosar’s positions. But that is no longer the issue. What has disappeared in Gosar’s rantings is any effort aimed at the resolution of complex problems.
His relentless and passionate flood of baseless accusations demonstrates that he is not interested in solving problems. His only aim is to obstruct anything and everything proposed by the president.
I regret that Gosar’s militant passion and vituperative tirades have replaced dialogue, rationality, and a desire to solve the country’s problems.
What is clear now is that he has abandoned reason and has entered the domain of fanaticism and irrationality. Such a posture does not serve democracy. Nor does it represent the voters in Rim Country. It is a political loss for all of us.