The Hoosier Connection game isn’t fun anymore


July 25, 2017 3:42 PM

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A longstanding observation in our household is that, when there’s news, some Hoosier must be connected to it.

Not just when Purdue grads go up in space either. It’s sort of a game to note, for example, that the killer whale’s victim at SeaWorld grew up in Cedar Lake; a woman who carried an embryonic twin in her brain was an Indiana University doctoral student; and George Donner, who led an expedition west that ended in cannibalism, spent time and owned land in Southern Indiana.

I could go on and on. But the game lost some of its fun recently, when the Hoosier connections in the news made it uncomfortable to claim the newsmakers as our own.

Last Friday, former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, now director of national intelligence, was asked about a Washington Post report that communications intercepted by U.S. spy agencies contradict Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s claims that he never discussed campaign matters with the Russian ambassador.

Responded Coats: “I have come to the point where I no longer put any stock in headlines or breaking news.”

The Washington Post, mind you, has been one of the most reliable purveyors of information about the Trump debacle, one for which we should all be grateful.

But not Coats, who either has bought into his boss’s dangerous and hyperbolic rhetoric about “fake news” or is trying to ingratiate himself with the pathetically needy Trump. Either way, Coats has joined Trump in gratuitously questioning not just a single story but all news reporting – a tactic historically used by fascists who persuade their minions to reject objective news reports that expose their foul deeds.

Shame on you, Mr. Coats. I’m sure you didn’t object back when you were enjoying glowing news coverage here in your home state.

Vice President Mike Pence’s behavior is even worse.
Anybody who is paying attention is well aware that Pence has all but sold his soul – and that may come yet – to advance himself. Despite his frequent protestations that he’s a Christian first, Pence gleefully embraced and defends a vulgar ogre who denigrates women, the disabled, people of color, people from other nations, etc., etc., etc.

Pence’s sycophancy reached a new high – or should that be low? – last weekend when he offered an embarrassing op ed on the Fox “News” website. The fawning love letter includes such lines as:

“At a historic pace, this president has taken bold action” . . . “I couldn’t be more proud to serve alongside a president who cares deeply” . . . “It is the greatest privilege of my life” . . . “Trump’s accomplishments are nothing short of historic.”

Most offensive of all? “Trump will not rest and he will not relent until we keep our promise to the American people and repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

That’s right; Mr. Christian is willing not only to ignore Trump’s wrongdoings and to lie for the horrible one. He also is willing to reject the golden rule – treating others as he’d like to be treated – and inflict on fellow Americans the inhumane treatment that will result if, as his idol and he want, the Affordable Care Act is repealed and/or replaced.

So blinded by ambition, so hypocritical of Christian values, Pence cast the tie-breaking vote today that, if taken to its awful conclusion, will result in deaths, bankruptcies and diminished lives for millions.

Those are some Hoosier connections I’d just as soon not have.

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