Republic vs. Republicans

Our word “republic” comes from two Latin words, “res publica,” literally “public thing.” The idea is that the public, the people, come together over a “thing.” For thing, image a table: it facilitates coming together while also allowing each of us to remain individual. That’s the idea of a republic–an acknowledged common “thing” around which we come together and deliberate.

The decision last night of Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning to throw a wrench in the otherwise unanimous decision to extend unemployment benefits–made doubling stinging because he complained the vote was making him miss a basketball game–suggests the man has no sense of common, or public interest. He wouldn’t know a republic if it sat on his face.

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4 responses to “Republic vs. Republicans

  1. Now that wouldn’t be the same Jim Bunning who threw the bird at CNBC’s newscrew while they tried to interview him would it?

  2. It’s the same guy who threw the news crew (otherwise it’s new-screw) out of the Senate elevator. Charmers, those members of the Republic party. Check out Anthony Weiner, US Rep from Brooklyn…

  3. he (weiner) is a very good guy. i first saw him on chelsea lately.

  4. Jim Bunning – hall of fame pitcher, bush league senator.

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