By Scott Tibbs, June 30, 2010
The following is an open letter to Congressman Jim McDermott. A copy of the letter was sent to President Barack Obama and Congressman Baron Hill.
You delivered a speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives lambasting Rush Limbaugh for his commentary on hungry children. Then, you uploaded a video of your speech to your YouTube channel and bragged about it on your Twitter page. You apparently think that you scored big here. You have not done so, for one simple reason.
You are a liar, Congressman McDermott.
The statements Limbaugh made about teaching students to go dumpster diving during the summer months when school lunches are not available was sarcasm, and you know it. It was never meant to be serious commentary. It was obvious to everyone listening to the program that Limbaugh was being sarcastic and mocking the news story, as if the parents of these children are too stupid or morally bankrupt to feed their own offspring.
My concern is with a member of Congress behaving as you have, shamelessly lying on the House floor and personally attacking a private citizen with obviously false accusations. It is disgusting that you would behave in such a dishonorable manner as part of your official duties as a Congressman.
This is why I am calling on you to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives. You have abused your office and your position of authority with your false accusations and attacks on a private citizen. I am sending a copy of this letter to both President Barack Obama and my Congressman, Baron Hill.
I call on President Obama to denounce your cynical and dishonest rhetoric as antithetical to the stated goal that President Obama has expressed, to reshape American politics to be less divisive and more civil. Openly lying about a private citizen is not civil, Congressman McDermott. I call on Baron Hill to denounce your lies as well.