‘Whip’ term unnecessary

Christ was whipped into shreds before he was crucified.

One definition of “whip,” according to Wikipedia, is it’s a tool that was traditionally designed to strike animals or people to aid guidance or exert control over animals or other people through compliance or fear or pain.

In politics, a whip is defined as an official of a political party whose task is to ensure party discipline in a legislature. Whips are the party’s enforcers.

The word whip has a tattered history.

Recently on C-Span’s “Washington Journal,” Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., who was running for majority whip against African-American Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., repeatedly used the word whip in suggesting how good she would be at being a whip and getting people to comply.

I think that it is time to remove this terminology from political discourse.

Citizens in the year 2018 do not need to be discussing manipulation or persuasion with a word that comes with such painful and disgusting historical connotations.

It’s time for a change. No more whips in Congress, just designated leaders.

Vince Pernsteiner

Chippewa Falls