It’s Health Care, Stupid!

OK, I could have taken a half a second to come up with a more original title for this post, but honestly, I’m fighting the Ambien to get this out. So work with me.

I had to post a blog today just to note history, for myself. I want to record my thoughts and observances…  as someone who has only been following this “debate” from afar for the last month or so. Politics burn me out. I get too wrapped up in it and there are times that I have to step back for my own personal sanity. With that said…

Let’s face it. The health care debate has been a heated one from the start. But as we got closer to actually PASSING health care reform, things reached a fever pitch, to say the least. One thing that, those of us who actually have functioning brain cells, realize is that dramatic change does not come without a big  fight. And a fight it has been….

As a 30 year old woman who did not have to live through the civil rights movement, it’s a tad shocking to see this kind of ugliness. It’s 2010. For a good 2 years, I’ve been stating that the republican party needed to get together and condemn the blatant fear-mongering, and the racism, bigotry and threats of bodily harm from those on the fringe. This is something that has been escalating since the 2008 election year; yet the GOP remains silent.

I have not heard the GOP, as a whole, come out and state that  their constituents behavior has been inappropriate. Why not call for REAL conservatives to come forth with their ideas and ideology? Without the side show circus of placards with President Obama depicted as Hitler (because we all know that Hitler was all about making sure people had health care) or Stalin or Mao or whatever the flavor of the day.

Hold that thought – I’ll get back to that in a bit, but I want to touch on the mention of the Civil Rights movement above, I want to add this quote from Newt Gingrich – so that I won’t forget:

Newt Gingrich outlined the Republican strategy going forward, saying that the Democrats “will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for forty years” by signing civil rights into law.

Plus, when did Mister Newt Gingrich become so worried about the democratic party? If this will destroy the democratic party, shouldn’t he be out doing back flips and such? Cracking open bottles of Cristal to celebrate the occassion? No…?
The republicans are SCARED right now, but they want us to believe that their fear is that the democrats will be no more… Nevermind the fact that that doesn’t make sense…. or anything… Ah well, one must disguise their fear somehow. Right?
Back to the Civil Rights Movement:
I’m sure that if you polled the teabaggers,  chances are many of them would be in favor of repealing the Civil Rights act. After all, a lot of them are not yet over the “Great War of Yankee Aggression,” as Rep. Paul Broun likes to put it.
Mmm… The Great war of Yankee Aggression…
This twitter shot comes courtesy of a “conservative blogger.” I’m not going to post his name, and honestly, I’ve already for gotten it.
Here’s another:
Is this really about a President wanting to provide millions of Americans with health care?
Of course not. More people need to be unafraid to say it. I’m not afraid of being told that I’m just “playing the race card.”  We all know that the dynamics would be completely different if Barack Obama was not black. People would not struggle with remembering how to treat people respectfully. Decorum would not be an afterthought in the Chambers of Congress. Republicans would  not be yelling “Baby Killer” in a hissy fit over not getting their way. Based on this, and so much more, it’s clear to me that the republican message to the president is that THEY DO NOT RESPECT HIM! Period – point blank.

With that in mind, I just have to ask:

  • Where were the Conservative leaders when their constituents were outside calling Barney Frank a Faggot?
  • Where was the Conservative Leadership when Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was spat upon, by their constituents?
  • Why is the GOP  also MIA when Rep. John Lewis is called a nigger?
  • Where was Michael Steele as democrat offices, across the country, were being vandalized?
How about you, Eric Cantor. Aren’t you their WHIP? We would all love to hear, in that charming southern drawl of yours, condemnation for what these nutcases are doing. Will there be any?
Will anyone from the GOP get on their soapbox and DEMAND civility and basic human decency?

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