Rep. Emanual Cleaver the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and a pastor of the United Methodist Church, rightfully, condemned the use of over overheated rhetoric in the political sphere, and, refreshingly, included Democrats in his chastisement.
Note the headline of this article. It isn't news that a Democrat might condemn Republican use of the war metaphor, but it is noteworthy when one condemns his own for that use. (The same dynamic would apply if the politician were a Republican).
Not surprisingly, this has led Rep Cleaver to come under attack from some on the Left:
The blogger's argument is, essentially, that Republican uses of the metaphor as respects "Obama's War on Religion" is false and divisive, Democrats' use, on the other hand, as in "War on Women" is entirely legitimate...because it's true.
Whether or not there is agreement that political rhetoric needs to cool down, it would be great if everyone agreed to discard the use of the War metaphor, if for no other reason then it is so overused it's nauseating.
Even when it's used in the context of a proposed or perceived united effort: The War on Drugs, Poverty, Cancer et al, it's ridiculous in that it invariably describes Wars
that are never won.
With the number of actual wars we've engaged in that were or will not ever be won, you'd think politicians would realize the metaphor is hardly the winner they believe it to be.