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


  1. says

    Both Krugman and Perlstein got it right. The danger is not in the individual displays of lunacy. Those folks have always been and always will be out there. Reverend Wright, Obama’s pastor, was quoted saying call sort of crazy things in much the same way as you quote the pastor in Arizona. The real danger is when institutional actors lend them a sense of legitimacy. Obama distanced himself from Reverend Wright. That is the responsible thing for our political leaders to do. Letting this type of behavior stand unrefuted by the institutions on the right is the crime.
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  2. Rick O'Banion says

    Senator John McCain has been quite vocal in his defense of Senator Kennedy as well as President Barak Obama. In as much as I do not like Senator McCain’s ideologies, one must give him credit for keeping the personal attacks and nonsensical rhetoric out of the mix. Senator McCain has consistently been this way and I have the utmost respect for him, as should we all.

    And to Charley, thank you for the post. I have been personally insulted by the far right wing funded commercials depicting Canada’s health care system and nothing short of third world grade.

    Yet we have a longer life expectancy, lower infant mortality rate and higher satisfaction rate than our American neighbours. We must be doing something right.

    I do find it amusing, however, that the right wing wants people to trust insurance companies over government. Insurance companies have been the most incredibly grotesque example of service and loophole digging I have ever witnessed. The idea that my life would be in the hands of a company that exists solely to make profit and who hires people whose compensation is based on finding ways to deny claims, would be incredibly horrifying.

  3. Amanda says

    The Congresswoman who talked about the Great White Hope was from Kansas actually. . . Lynn Jenkins. . . sad to say that she’s my Congresswoman. . .

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