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Joe ‘You Lie’ Wilson and ‘The Million MORON March’

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I don’t know what you did the weekend of September 12th–play ball with your kids in the park, went to a party, to church, or participated in  ‘The Million MORON March’  assembling in our nation’s Capitol.

Well–to be correct, it was more like a 50,000-70,000 march.  MORONS, nevertheless.

It was indeed a sight to see!  A collection of anything and everything, the nutjob wing of the Republican Party has to offer these days:

*Anti-Government Zealots
*Loony Teabaggers
*Nutty Birthers
*Anti-Health Care Reform Crazies
*General Racists and Nutjobs

Everybody should have been impressed by the diversity of the group.  It clearly represented a cross section of the big melting pot we call America.  There were three very distinct groups clearly visible:

White people
Whiter people
Old white people

As for the motivation?  We certainly can not look into somebody’s head and heart. A brief look at the signs at the rally, however, revealed a lot about people’s motives.

What kind of insensitive jerk do you have to be, to carry this sign, just weeks after Ted Kennedy’s death?

BURY
OBAMACARE
WITH KENNEDY

Among the many racist signs, targeting President Obama, here is a notable mention of a few:

He was compared to Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Satan, a Witch Doctor…

One sign especially drew attention:

WE  COME  UNARMED…
THIS  TIME…

Of course, that was not true for some previous events, when President Obama was welcomed by people walking around sporting their guns.

I’m waiting for responsible Republican leaders to speak out against this vitriol before some crazy follows up on these threats.  Then again…  There are no responsible Republican leaders right now.

Nothing could point out better the idiocy of some of the claims, than a complaint filed by rally organizers.  A complaint with the government-funded D.C. public transportation system, for not being able to more effectively handle the incoming protesters, while a lot of them were protesting government spending!  YOU  CAN’T MAKE  IT  UP !!!  One of the speakers at the rally, a Republican congressman, even voted against increasing funding for the public transportation system!  🙂

What was the word again?  Ah…  IDIOTS !!!

As for Joe  ‘You Lie’  Wilson…  What do you expect from somebody who led a fight less than ten years ago to fly the Confederate flag over South Carolina’s Capitol building, and held membership in a group called  ‘Sons of the Confederate Veterans?’

Bottom Line:  A certain segment of this society just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

All we can do–the vast, sane majority of this country–is walk right past them and their craziness, and move this country forward.  And we will !!!   🙂

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Senator Ted Kennedy — ‘The Liberal Lion’

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Senator Ted Kennedy —  A true champion of workers’ rights, civil rights, the poor and health care…  Thank You!  Job well done!

Every American alive today, and even people in other countries, has been touched by Ted Kennedy in more than one way, most likely without realizing it.

His more than four decades in the US Senate were consumed by tirelessly working on improving the lives of working people, the less fortunate, minorities, women, children–in good Kennedy tradition.  Everybody who couldn’t advocate for himself, found a friend in Teddy Kennedy.

AN  ADVOCATE  FOR  ALL !!!

From increasing the minimum wage, to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program  (SCHIP), the Family Leave Act, Anti-Apartheid legislation…  His legislative accomplishments are too numerous to mention.  His fingerprints are on every single bill aimed at making people’s lives better.  Because of his success and political skill, he often became the lightning rod for the ultra-conservatives. However, he was willing to work with conservative senators on bills aimed at the same goal, like Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on SCHIP.  Many of them count Teddy Kennedy as a great friend.  He was a big LIBERAL and proud of it!  But he didn’t let that get in the way of seeking common ground, even with people he vehemently disagreed with.

THE  GREATEST  LEGISLATOR  OF  OUR  TIME !!!

His most ambitious goal however, establishing Universal Health Care in America, has eluded him, since first introducing it about forty years ago.  With his passing at this critical juncture in history, just short of what hopefully will be meaningful health care reform, that goal becomes that much more important.

Here’s the battle cry going out to all Democrats:

1.  Go it alone on health care reform with the best bill possible.  NO RETREAT !!!  Republicans have proven themselves irrelevant and are not interested in reform.

2.  Make it count–It has to be MEANINGFUL reform, actually benefiting people and improving their current situation.

3.  Build on it in the future!

4.  Put Ted Kennedy’s name on the bill…  But ONLY if the final bill deserves it!

Do it for

THE  SOUL  OF  THE  DEMOCRATIC  PARTY !!!   DO  IT  FOR  TEDDY !!!

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Memo To Ms. Betty

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Ms. Betty, you look like a nice grandma baking cookies with your grandchildren, but then we saw you recently all over TV, holding up a sign comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, and shouting some ugly things at one of the town hall meetings about health care.  How can a little old lady be so mean, hateful and ….. ignorant?

When looking at your angry face, I suddenly realized that I had seen you before. Twice.  The first time at a McCain/Palin rally during the run-up to the last election, shouting ugly racist slogans, and then, just recently, at another town hall meeting, questioning the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate.  You certainly do seem to get around.  I wonder who’s paying for all these trips?

Anyway, the rest of your fellow Americans, the vast majority, looks at you and your cohort with a little bewilderment.  And we’re thinking, it may be more important, to overhaul our education system, instead of our health care system, with so many uneducated, uninformed and ignorant citizens out there.

Calling somebody a Nazi or comparing him to Hitler has been used in history to justify violent speech and acts against that person, or people sympathizing with him.  Is that really what you are propagating here?

Every time changes are being proposed, there are legitimate questions that should be addressed.  But that’s not really what you’re interested in here, is it?  Your talking points, provided to you by Republican operatives and the insurance companies, specifically call for shutting down debate on that issue, by disrupting town hall meetings and threatening others who are of another opinion.  By the way, this tactic was employed by Nazis to shut down dissent…  Just some food for thought…

Anyway, I thought you might want to know how the 90% of your fellow citizens are looking at this very sad chapter in humanity playing out right now on cable TV. And we’re asking the question, whether you’re really so concerned about health care (after all, you look like you’re being covered by Medicare–a Government-run program), or if there is indeed a deeper, much more sinister issue at play here. What is it that’s really disturbing you so much, Ms. Betty?

Could it just simply be the fact that we have a  BLACK  PRESIDENT ???  🙂

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Health Care Reform? YOU WILL DIE !!!

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This is the face of a survivor.

A survivor of the  ‘socialist health care system,’  so often maligned by Republicans and their corporate sponsors, the insurance industry.

In my case, being from Germany, that system is actually a combination of private insurers and government provided health care, something that President Obama seems to be looking to provide.  While every country uses a different system, a lot of them, like the Canadian, British and Scandinavian, are completely provided by the government.  They all have a few things in common:

1.  Every industrialized nation, except America, treats health care as a human right, not a commodity, a for-profit business.

2.  Every citizen, no matter where they find themselves in their lives–working, unemployed, self-employed, child, student, stay-at-home mom/dad, retired… is covered in one way or another.  That’s another way of saying, there are no uninsured people.

3.  You can’t get turned down because of  pre-existing conditions.

4.  Using the system is either free, or involves minimal costs, even for people visiting the country, as it happened to me one year, having to get a tetanus shot, while vacationing in London.

5.  Nobody goes bankrupt over medical bills.

Naturally, no system is perfect, and there’s always room for improvement.  But I go out on a limb now, that you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody who is familiar with the health care system in other countries, to prefer the American system–as we have it today–, unless they are dishonest.

On a lighter side…  I remember receiving a Christmas card from my German aunt the year I came over to the States. Out of all the things she possibly could have been worried about, she wished me  ‘Merry Christmas’ … and the very next sentence read  ‘We are so worried about you being over there with the terrible health care system they have.’  Just some food for thought…

An honorable mention goes out to the rent-a-thug mob being bussed around to disrupt town hall meetings right now, verbally and physically assaulting congress people holding these meetings to explain the changes to the public.  This mob rule is brought to you, once again, courtesy of Republican millionaire sponsors and their backers, the insurance industry.

Why are they so worried?  It’s easy…

1.  It will cut into the insurance industry’s profits.  That’s why Republicans are being paid by/bribed by the insurance industry to do their bidding.  And don’t forget…

2.  It’s politics!  Republicans know very well, if we get meaningful health care reform, actually benefiting people, under a Democratic president, they will find themselves in the political wilderness for a long time to come.  After all, they haven’t forgotten recent history…  That was the fate of the Republican party during and after FDR’s presidency, when a lot of the very successful social programs were enacted.  So they have to do everything in their power to stop that from happening…  Never mind the people!

When asked at a recent town hall meeting, how many of the people disrupting that event, had insurance, including Medicare, the majority of these thugs raised their hands.  Now I’m wondering if they realize that according to their own talking points provided to them, their days may be numbered, as  ‘people will die in the streets’ if we have a public option.  After all…

Medicare is a program run by–you guessed it–the  GOVERNMENT !!!   🙂

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