Tillis always ready to “gut-punch”

It’s getting repetitive.   Back on February 24th of this year, the newly-elected House Speaker Tillis boasted in this way to a meeting that was reported by the Sanford Herald:

Still, Tillis promised to “gut-punch” Gov. Bev Perdue on her spending priorities.

Then today WRAL reported on yet another meeting at the General Assembly where Speaker Tillis spoke again:

But if Republicans want to go after a specific member, Tillis said, “Gut-punch ‘em, hit ‘em in the jaw, doesn’t matter to me.”

And this is the guy who got all bent out of shape about decorum in “his” House when the leader of the NAACP disrupted a session there last week by talking about God and education?  Well Mr. Speaker, it’s my House too.  The last time I looked, we weren’t some two-bit dictatorship of a country where violence is routinely used for political gain.

This is my North Carolina – down home, the old North State – where we might have our differences but we work together to solve problems and get things accomplished.  It might be fun and “down home” for some leaders to routinely allude to violence as a way of achieving goals but that’s certainly not how we got to be a great state.

In any case, such language speaks more to the weaknesses and insecurities of the person spouting the rhetoric than any actual threat.  There’s more to real leadership than talking tough and promising vengeance.   We had a swaggering, tough-talking guy in a flight suit spout more than enough of that sort of rhetoric for eight years.  And we all know who actually got the criminal at the end of the day.  Tillis might want to revisit his remarks next time he thinks about “gut-punching” the opposition.

2 Comments

  1. Pollytiques

    June 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Tillis is from Florida and Stam is from New Jersey. I guess they don’t really understand how Tar Heels had rather deal with things. The Governors of both those states were in the news in a questionable way last week. There seems to be a familiar pattern here.

    Just how many people in Tillis “house” were actually born in North Carolina? We need to bring the North Carolina House back home.

    Politicians that move to other states to “help out” with their superior knowledge hasn’t worked out too well for the people in those states.

  2. Jack

    June 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    His language is that of a bully. Bullies and their followers are full of wind. If given the chance they can do a great deal of damage before challenged.