COTR Panelists as Op-Ed Columnists

In the past week, two Columbus on the Record panelists published Op-Ed columns in Ohio Newspapers.

In The Columbus Dispatch, Leah Sellers – conservative, and Ohio Northern University College of Law professor – writes:

National Referendum Could Be Dicey

What would happen if U.S. citizens could overturn the health-care bill by popular vote? Should U.S. citizens have the ability to overturn federal laws as Ohioans do state laws through the referendum process?

While a national referendum might enable us to kill the unpopular health-care bill, it is a double-edged sword. It could be used as a way to strike fear in the hearts of errant elected officials, but it also could unleash the “tyranny of the majority.”

And Dale Butland, progressive and Democratic Strategist wrote a piece for the Akron Beacon Journal:

Unhinging the Republicans

On March 24, one of the nation’s most venerable public opinion organizations — the Harris Poll — released a national survey of 2,320 rank-and-file Republican voters concerning their views of President Obama. The findings were unnerving. Specifically:

  • 67 percent of Republicans believe that President Obama is a socialist.
  • 57 percent believe he is a Muslim.
  • 45 percent agree with the so-called ”Birthers” that Obama was ”not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president.”
  • 38 percent say that the president is ”doing many of the things that Hitler did.”
  • 24 percent say that Obama ”may be the Antichrist.”

Keep in mind that these respondents were not ”Tea Partyers,” John Birch Society members or mental patients. They are average Republicans.

Assuming Harris’ numbers are even close to being accurate, is it any mystery why bipartisanship is dead, legislative compromise in Washington is non-existent and threats of violence against the president and Democratic members of Congress are escalating? You don’t compromise with Hitler or make nice with the devil’s agent on Earth.

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