Friday, November 06, 2009

Putting the "Dumb" in Freedom

Dana Milbank's column in today's Washington Post is required reading, even if you have to sign in to do it.

As a service to you nice folks, here's the best of it (and oh how irony can be such a cruel mistress):

"Many of the demonstrators chanted 'Weasel Queen,' their pet name for the speaker of the House. Others wore masks of Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.); they were covered in fake blood and carrying dolls representing aborted fetuses, as the Grim Reaper led them in chains to hell.

In the front of the protest, a sign showed President Obama in a white coat, his face painted to look like the Joker. The sign, visible to the lawmakers as they looked into the cameras, carried a plea to 'Stop Obamunism.' A few steps farther was the guy holding a sign announcing 'Obama takes his orders from the Rothchilds' [sic], accusing Obama of being part of a Jewish plot to introduce the antichrist.

But the best of (Michele) Bachmann's recruits were a few rows into the crowd, holding aloft a pair of 5-by-8-foot banners proclaiming 'National Socialist Healthcare, Dachau, Germany, 1945.' Both banners showed close-up photographs of Holocaust victims, many of them children.

Immediately in front of this colorful scenery, various House Republicans signed autographs and shook hands with the demonstrators. Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.), who recently said the health-care bill is more dangerous than terrorists, gave out stickers saying 'Govt Run Healthcare Makes Me Sick!'

'Who knew a casual comment on TV could generate this?' Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.) exulted as he stood in front of the Dachau banner.

Now, objecting to the health-care bill is one thing. But doesn't it send the wrong message for House Republicans to hold an event on the Capitol grounds full of hateful and gruesome words and images?

"I'm not worried about the message of freedom," Hensarling replied.

...But, as with a similar rally by Democrats a week before, unpredictable things tend to happen in the wide-open spaces of the Capitol's West Front. Minutes into the rally, a breeze toppled the American flag from the stage.

More ominously, a man standing just beyond the TV cameras apparently suffered a heart attack 20 minutes after event began. Medical personnel from the Capitol physician's office -- an entity that could, quite accurately, be labeled government-run health care -- rushed over, attaching electrodes to his chest and giving him oxygen and an IV drip.

This turned into an unwanted visual for the speakers, as a D.C. ambulance and firetruck, lights flashing, pulled in just behind the lawmakers. A path was made through the media section, and the patient, attended to by about 10 government medical personnel, was being wheeled away on a stretcher just as House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) stepped to the microphone. 'Join us in defeating Pelosi care!' he exhorted. A few members stole a glance at the stretcher. Boehner may have been distracted as well. He told the crowd he would read from the Constitution, then read the 'we hold these truths' bit from the Declaration of Independence.

...This protest was unusual because it was an official House GOP event, and because some of the remarks on the stage were as outrageous as those in the crowd. The actor Jon Voight, standing with the lawmakers, said of Obama: 'Could it be he has had 20 years of subconscious programming by Reverend Wright to damn America?'

Even the Rev. Stephen Broden, at the microphone to deliver the closing prayer, fumed about 'death panels inside this death care,' adding: 'It is tyranny! It is socialism!'

The lawmakers set the tone early, when Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) asked for the Pledge of Allegiance because 'it drives the liberals crazy' to hear the 'under God' part (his bravado was premature, for he left out the word 'indivisible').

By the time it was over, medics had administered government-run health care to at least five people in the crowd who were stricken as they denounced government-run health care. But Bachmann overlooked this irony as she said farewell to her recruits.

'You,' she said, 'are the most beautiful sight any of us freedom fighters have seen for a long time.'"

To steal a pretty popular phrase over at Cesca's blog these days: Keep it up, guys. You're doing great.


Jeremy said...

Does it say something that I continually misread Hensarling's name as "He snarling"?

Paul said...

It really does say something about our system that these GOP psychos get to vote and control my life. And that goes for the crazy liberals too.

I do think though, that the gov't healthcare workers attending to the sick being played off as some kind of democrat healthcare is a red herring. It's telling, but Pelosi could just as easily be treated by a kindly country MD in Kentucky.

I love how Rep. Todd Akin wanted to say the pledge to drive "liberals crazy." I wonder if he'd be singing the same tune if he knew that the pledge was actually written by an avowed socialist:

Sheriff Bart said...

Last time it was "Millions" of protesters in the mall. This time it was "Thousands" of protesters. Next time it will be "Hundreds" of protesters.

These tea-baggers and their functionally retarded leaders are about as relevant as my latest bowel movement. Sure it was momentous at the time, but I quickly forgot all about it. And if I hadn't have mentioned it just now, none of you would have even noticed it happened.

Chris said...

My friends and I have come up with a new word: "Ignoted: to be exposed to a situation that leaves you dumber for the experience"

These demonstrators ignote me.

Anonymous said...

I didn't ascribe to the depections of Bush as Hitler and I think these people need to find more respectful ways to express their dissent as well.

In the same breath, I am wholly in favor od some regulation of health care costs and restricting claims in lawsuits won't get it done.

At the same time, forcing me to buy $15000 in coverage or face jail time is a nice way to packge the expansion of the Federal Tax Code.

I need a lot of things right now, more taxes is not one if them.

Peach said...

What the fuck.
Oh, yes the mass murder of millions of innocent men, women and children for years. The medical experiements. Stretching their skins over lampshades. Mass graves. Starvation. Every torture imaginable.

That's like healthcare.


Where the fuck is the Anti-Defemation League? They need to fuck these fucks up. Fuck I'm mad.

Erica Dee said...

I'd really like one of these assholes to tell me what Medicaid and Medicare is because it seems to me like the lot of them are in one of the two and for the past few years I was under the impression that they were government run, but I'm a dumb blonde girl so I must be wrong.


liberal army wife said...

oh.. the stupidity... the stupidity. head * desk. head * desk.

oskar said...

How less entertaining would these right-wing imbeciles be without their persection fantasies!

Remember how they almost creamed their pants with glee when describing how Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ"was such a great film?

This is just more of the same shit... "so outrageous what THEY wanna do to us righteous True Amuricans!"