Cry, The Beloved Country

helathcare-mob“What is happening?” I ask myself while reading newspapers in my sick bed where Canada’s national health plan is treating me for a serious ailment at no cost to me and without any waiting times.

A Nebraska Kansas Congresswoman – a Republican, naturally, and its not even Michelle Bachman – says her party is looking for a “great white hope.”

In Virginia, a man wearing an Obama T-shirt at a town hall meeting is punched in the face without provocation by another man wearing an anti-abortion T-shirt.

Only days after Sen. Chuck Grassley told an Iowa gathering they have a right to fear that health care reform will let the government “pull the plug on Grandma,” RNC chairman Michael Steele is on the Today Show insisting “no elected Republican official has used scare tactics to frighten constituents into opposing the measure.

Meanwhile, the RNC sends out an e-mail over Steele’s signature claiming health care reform is really an attempt to deny Republicans health care.

The lunatic lout who toted a semi-automatic weapon to an Obama rally in Arizona belongs to a church where, the previous Sunday, the pastor prayed for the death of the president, hoping “worms consume his soul.”

The same fundamentalist Christian group that targeted the last abortion doctor who was killed — in his church, no less — has set its sights on another physician, including putting details of his home and phone, family photos, and a map to his clinic on the web.

In a similar act of Christian charity, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is now against healthcare reform because it includes end-of-life counseling.

After Sarah Palin posted a condolence note about Ted Kennedy on her Facebook page, many of her “friends” posted comments such as “good riddance to bad rubbish,” “Now, if we can only get Pelosi and Reid to join him” and “It’s about time.”

And all of this is just in the last few days.

charley-james.jpgMeanwhile, to my knowledge, only one elected Republican official has called for this to stop. I guess crazy is a pre-existing condition, as Paul Krugman notes in his blog.

Nothing good will come of this. And I am beginning to suspect that the United States is no country for an ailing old man like me, anymore.

Charley James
The Progressive Curmudgeon


Published by the LA Progressive on August 28, 2009
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About Charley James

If you are born in Milwaukee, chances are you're born a Democrat. So, I gravitated naturally to liberal politics as an activist and a journalist. I've been writing since I was eight and, after working in newsrooms for far too long, I have devoted much of the past decade as an independent investigtative jouralist. For much of the past year, I've been writing about homelessness - America's immorality play.