Paul Begala/Huffington Post—The sign said it all. It was not some last-minute message some meth addict scrawled in crayon on a scrap of cardboard. No, this sign was professionally printed. White block letters on a blue background, the four-word message was in all caps. Someone had to have thought this through. Someone wrote it, edited it, planned it, designed it, ordered it, paid for it. Someone approved it, printed it, distributed it. And then someone thought this was a message he or she wanted to convey to the world. Thank goodness someone had the courage to take a photo of it, and then Huffington Post had the guts to post it on its home page.
The sign made me nauseous, made me embarrassed, made me wonder if at long last there is no decency on the far right. The sign said:
“BURY OBAMACARE WITH KENNEDY”
Oh, I get it. Sen. Kennedy is dead, and these slugs want health care reform to be dead too. That is so clever.
Fourteen days after Edward Kennedy was laid to rest in the company of his fellow American heroes in Arlington, right-wing hate-mongers decided to use his burial to make a cheap point about their opposition to health care reform.
What would they have done if liberals had printed signs that equated Ronald Reagan’s burial with the hoped-for death of George W. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security? Or Bill Buckley’s painful passing with the GOP’s loss of the White House in 2008? Or the demise of my right-wing former colleague Bob Novak with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts? You can’t imagine that, can you? Because, while we progressives have our moments of frustration and our occasional lack of couth, there is nothing I can think of that compares to the sick, savage sign that the teabaggers were waving in Washington.
The inmates have taken over the asylum. The ever-sunny Reagan is dead. The congenial Buckley is dead. The old-school conservative Novak is dead as well. In their place is the party of Joe the Shouter and Joe the Plumber and Sarah the Death Panel Screecher.
Daily Archives: September 12, 2009
NYT/Maureen Dowd—The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.
Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.
But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!
The outburst was unexpected from a milquetoast Republican backbencher from South Carolina who had attracted little media attention. Now it has made him an overnight right-wing hero, inspiring “You lie!” bumper stickers and T-shirts.
The congressman, we learned, belonged to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, led a 2000 campaign to keep the Confederate flag waving above South Carolina’s state Capitol and denounced as a “smear” the true claim of a black woman that she was the daughter of Strom Thurmond, the ’48 segregationist candidate for president. Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.
I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.
I tended to agree with some Obama advisers that Democratic presidents typically have provoked a frothing response from paranoids — from Father Coughlin against F.D.R. to Joe McCarthy against Truman to the John Birchers against J.F.K. and the vast right-wing conspiracy against Bill Clinton.
But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.
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More Pictures from 9/12 Teabagger’s who insist this is only about healthcare & deficits and has nothing to do with race….
Enjoy the pictures. I’m not sure which is funnier, the signs, the costumes, or the post rally hi-jinx. The teabaggers are trying to inflate the number in attendance from the true number (DC Police estimate a crowd of 70K) to one or two million. They even sent the right-wing bloggers pictures of todays crowds, with only one small problem, their picture is sunny and bright, and today’s weather in DC is clowdy and raining. More info on the crowd scam here.
Ok, this one is a toss-up. I can’t decide which is more disgusting. Is it the picture of poor deceased Terri Schiavo, the actual picture of someone’s grandmother in their coffin, or using a graphic photo of the Twin Towers in flames. Maybe its the fact that they had the nerve have an American flag and a quote from the Bible on this entire piece of crap.
Action T4 (German: Aktion T4) was a program, also called Euthanasia Program, in Nazi Germany spanning October 1939 until August 1941, during which physicians killed 70,273 people specified in Hitler’s secret memo of September 1, 1939 as suffering patients “judged incurably sick, by critical medical examination”, but described in a denunciation of the program by Cardinal Galen as long-term inmates of mental asylums “who may appear incurable”.
Anybody stupid enough to carry a “Wilson for President”…..
ThinkProgress’ Victor Zapanta produced a video from the rally today, and ThinkProgress reader Vikrum Aiyer submitted several photographs.
The following quote from Democratic Tribune’s diary “Unprincipled Dissent” sums up the day.
I have no problem with principled, respectful conservative ideology. This nation wasn’t meant to operate under one line of thought – and regardless of how we may feel about various viewpoints, spirited debate featuring pluralism makes for a more robust polity.
That being said, the level of classlessness on display at the conservative D.C protest, while not entirely unsurprising, continues to be appalling and completely useless to the process of formulating and implementing public policy solutions – particularly where the health care reform debate is concerned.
Now for a little sanity…
Obama Takes On “Socialism Label” At Health Rally In Minnesota Today
One pro-healthcare reform man braves the crowd, it was a good thing the police were protecting him, because the crowd was ready to mob him.
Lexington Herald Leader—After months of trying to use the legal system to protect herself from her former fiancée, 29-year-old Amanda Ross was found shot to death early Friday outside her home in downtown Lexington.
Hours later, the man she feared, former state representative and one-time gubernatorial candidate Steve Nunn, was taken into police custody at the edge of the Hart County cemetery where his parents are buried.
Nunn had slit his wrists after placing mementos on his parents’ graves, officers said.
Nunn was charged with six counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer after police say he fired a .38-caliber handgun when officers began arriving at the cemetery. Nunn, 56, was listed in fair condition in a Bowling Green hospital late Friday.
Lt. Douglas Pape, Lexington police spokesman, said Nunn was a person that detectives “would like to talk to” in relation to Ross’s death.
No charges had been filed in the slaying as of late Friday.
There were no witnesses to the early-morning shooting, though neighbors in Ross’s gated townhome complex said they heard five shots fired and heard Ross scream.
Lexington police received a call about the shooting at Opera House Square Townhomes at 6:34 a.m. Officers arrived at 541 West Short Street minutes later and found Ross lying in the back corner of the parking lot.
After finding Ross, police had issued an alert to other police agencies for Nunn, who is the son of the late Gov. Louie B. Nunn and was a candidate for governor in 2003.
Profile of Steve Nunn
Profile of Amanda Ross
Statement from Amanda Ross’s family
Audio clip of Nunn in court in August
Summary of complaint against Nunn
Original EPO order against Nunn
Extended EPO order against Nunn
Contempt of court order
Amended domestic violence order
Nunn’s pre-trial order
Nunn pleads not guilty to domestic-violence charges
Former gov. candidate Nunn to face arraignment
Nunn resigns cabinet position
White House–The President discusses a staggering new report from the Treasury Department indicating that under the status quo, around half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next ten years. He pledges not to allow this future to unfold: “In the United States of America, no one should have to worry that they’ll go without health care – not for one year, not for one month, not for one day. And once I sign my health reform plan into law – they won’t.”
Remarks of President Barack Obama
The White House
September 12, 2009
On Wednesday, I addressed a joint session of Congress and the American people about why we need health insurance reform and what it will take to do it.
Since then, I’ve continued to hear from many Americans across the country about why this is so urgent and important.
I’ve heard from Americans who can’t get health coverage; men and women who worry that one accident or illness could drive them into bankruptcy.
And I’ve heard from Americans with insurance who thought that “the uninsured” always referred to someone else – but between skyrocketing costs and insurance company practices; they’re beginning to worry that they could find themselves uninsured too.
It’s an anxiety that’s keeping more and more Americans awake at night. Over the last twelve months, nearly six million more Americans lost their health coverage – that’s 17,000 men and women every single day. We’re not just talking about Americans in poverty, either – we’re talking about middle-class Americans. In other words, it can happen to anyone.
And based on a brand-new report from the Treasury Department, we can expect that about half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next ten years. If you’re under the age of 21 today, chances are more than half that you’ll find yourself uninsured at some point in that time. And more than one-third of Americans will go without coverage for longer than one year.
I refuse to allow that future to happen. In the United States of America, no one should have to worry that they’ll go without health insurance – not for one year, not for one month, not for one day. And once I sign my health reform plan into law – they won’t.
My plan will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance; offer quality, affordable choices to those who currently don’t; and bring health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government under control.
First of all, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in my plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.
What my plan will do is make the insurance you have work better for you. We’ll make it illegal for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition, drop your coverage when you get sick, or water it down when you need it most. They’ll no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or over a lifetime, and we will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses – because no one should go broke just because they get sick.
Second, if you’re one of the more than thirty million American citizens who can’t get coverage, you’ll finally have quality, affordable choices. If you lose your job, change your job, or start your own business, you will be able to get coverage.
And as I have said over and over again, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – period. This plan will be paid for. The middle-class will realize greater security, not higher taxes. And if we can successfully slow the growth of health care costs by just one-tenth of one percent each year, it will actually reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the long term.
Affordable, quality care within reach for the tens of millions of Americans who don’t have it today. Stability and security for the hundreds of millions who do. That’s the reform we seek.
We have had a long and important debate. But now is the time for action. Because every day we wait, more Americans will lose their health care, their businesses, and their homes – but also the dreams they’ve worked for and the peace of mind they deserve. They are why we have to succeed.
So if you’re willing to put country before party and the interests of our children above our own; if you refuse to settle for a politics where scoring points is more important than solving problems; and if you believe, as I do, that America can still come together to do great things – then join us. Give us your help. And we will finally get health insurance reform done this year.
Joe Wilson Outburst Leads to Boycott: Black Newspaper Publishers to Cancel Mid-Winter Conference in South Carolina
EUR—*In response to Rep. Joe Wilson and his “You Lie!” outburst during President Barack Obama’s health care address to a joint session Wednesday night, at least one group has decided to make the congressman’s entire state pay the price.“As African-American newspaper publishers we stand in solidarity with the NAACP and fully support the economic boycott of South Carolina,” stated NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr. “Rep. Wilson’s remarks were racist, disrespectful, and a disingenuous violation–not only of President Obama–but to the institution of the presidency and only solidified our position and the importance in not spending Black dollars where Black people are not respected.
“The National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA) announced in a press release Thursday that it will not hold its January 2010 mid-winter conference in South Carolina, and is joining the NAACP economic boycott of the state that has been in effect since July 1999 when the South Carolina NAACP called for it as a protest of the flag atop the State House and inside the House and Senate chambers.
“The continued public and blatant disrespect of President Barack Obama by members of Congress will not be rewarded with our dollars nor will a state that continues to uphold America’s shameful past by flying the Confederate flag.”
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