Howard Silbersher was angry.
White-hot upset with a congressman from Ohio.
We’ll give you three guesses who raised his ire. No. You’re only going to get one guess. That’s all you’ll need.
What caused Silbersher to become uncorked was Jordan’s demeanor toward Special Counsel Robert Mueller during last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearings. Silbersher had the bar raised high — hoping for a civil discourse from both Republicans and Democrats as they tried to learn more about Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election. Instead, he was served bulldog Jordan, firing off questions in machine-gun fashion at Mueller as the congressman played the role of President Trump’s defender-in-chief.
Silbersher was steaming when it happened on Wednesday and he was still at a boiling point Thursday. Thus, his call to The Lima News.
“I am a senior citizen and I live in Princeton, New Jersey. I was shocked and disturbed to watch your congressman speak to Mr. Mueller in such an obnoxious, disrespectful, low class manner,” Silbersher said. “Robert Mueller is a loyal American. A patriot, who has dedicated his life protecting our democracy and our freedoms and our American way of life. Had I been Mr. Mueller, and spoken to with such disrespect by this obnoxious congressperson, I would have told Mr. Jordan, either you address me with the respect I deserve, or I will not respond to your questions in the time allotted to you.”
Silbersher was just getting warmed up.
“Who does Jim Jordan think he is? Did his parents not teach him to address our elders with respect, with deference, with humility! How the citizens of the 4th District can return obnoxious, disrespectful, low class Mr. Jordan to represent them in Congress, baffles me. I am sure there are better citizens, Republican or Democrat, to represent them.”
Uh … not really.
If you look at the seven elections that have kept Jordan in office since 2007, no candidate has come close to defeating Jordan. Of course, this shouldn’t be surprising. Jordan lives in a conservative district, so conservative, in fact, that people have claimed you could place the name of a potted plant on the ballot with an “R” beside of it and it still would beat its Democratic opponent by double-digits. But it’s not just the makeup of the district that is Jordan’s winning lottery ticket.
Jordan gets re-elected the old-fashioned way.
It’s not unusual for him to come home on weekends or during congressional breaks to talk with constituents and be with family. His fact-finding missions are in places like Bluffton, Cridersville and North Lewisburg. You won’t find him hiding out inside the beltway or jettisoning to the French Riveria on “congressional business” — it’s more like hopping in the Ford and driving to St. Paris in Ohio’s Champaign County.
Being wishy-washy is something in which Jordan has never been accused. You know where he stands: limited government, lower taxes, strong defense and family values.
What Silbersher calls Jordan’s lack of civility, others see as Jordan’s passion. It’s that fire in the belly that saw him become a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion, and win all but one match during his four years of high school.
But maybe, just maybe, Silbersher has fired a warning shot, one that is deserving of Jordan’s attention.
No one expects politicians to always play nice. But the days of such bitter fighting are growing old.
A little civility can go a long way.
We saw that on this very date 22 years ago. In 1997, members of Congress from both parties embraced compromise legislation designed to balance the budget while cutting taxes.
Can that happen today?
Those goals are still front and center, Mr. Congressman, aren’t they?
ROSES AND THORNS: A familiar name is found plugging away in the rose garden.
Rose: To Mrs. Plugger, Sondra Dreitzler, of Cridersville. For the 14th time, she’s had an idea published in the nationally-syndicated comic strip “Pluggers.”
Rose: To Doug Olsson, who will take over as president and CEO of Greater Lima Region Inc., replacing Jeff Sprague, who is assuming a new economic development position on the state level.
Rose: To Klark Sweigert, of Lima, who is restoring a 1953 Dodge Military Ambulance.
Rose: To Rose and Karl Hoffman of Columbus Grove, and Charlotte and Eugene Stambaugh of Lima. The Hoffmans celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 2. The Stambaughs celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 3.
Thorn: Off-duty Mercer County Sheriff Deputy Carla Baucher was giving her two children a ride on an ATV at her residence when her 2½-year-old son fell on the accelerator. It caused Baucher to lose control of the ATV and strike Mary J. Stachler, an elderly relative, who was then taken to the hospital.
Thorn: Two Michigan men, one 52 years old and the other 48, were arrested by Lima police after discharging a fire extinguisher on the third floor of the Holiday Inn.
Thorn: 22.9 million pain pills flooded Allen County between 2006 and 20122, fueling a public health crisis that resulted in 115 overdose deaths during those five years, the Drug Enforcement Agency reported.
PARTING SHOT: A vacation is two weeks on the sunny sands and the rest of the year on the financial rocks.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.