To those who run in the Trumpian world of Alternate Facts, words don’t seem to matter. But to people who live in and devote their lives to the real world, words have meaning. And power.
House Speaker Paul Ryan learned that lesson the hard Wednesday from a congressional colleague with a keen ear for words and a deep concern for the people they affect.
The scene: a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has a lead role in the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. The truth teller: Joe Kennedy III (D.-MA).
Watch as Kennedy turns to The Bible to take Ryan to task for his weasel-worded description of the GOP plan unveiled on Tuesday:
In case you missed them, Kennedy’s last words were, “This is not an act of mercy. It is an act of malice.” They were obscured by the interruption from committee chairman Greg Walden (R.-OR).
Mr. Walden apparently has little time or patience for Democrats with empathy or who take up his committee’s time quoting Jesus Christ. You know, the son of God who once said: “we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but by how we care for the least among us.”
Kennedy comes by his defense of the poor and downtrodden honestly. The grandson of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, Joe devoted several of his post-college years to humanitarian service, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and then as a Legal Aid lawyer and human rights activist in Massachusetts.