Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Health Care is a Civil Right?

""Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right," Reid said Monday. "When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'"

He continued: "When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote, some insisted they simply, slow down, there will be a better day to do that, today isn't quite right.

"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today." (source)

First, we must get the obvious thing out there and done with before we even start the conversation about how incredibly asinine Senator Reid's comment was... The majority that were voting against the end of slavery WERE DEMOCRATS--over 80% I believe. So let's dispense Reid's attempt at revisionist history.

Okay, now that that's out of the way... Through all of this, I think the thing that has been bothering me the most is the synchronized and concerted effort by the President, Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to publicly encourage congress to IGNORE and/or DISREGARD the wishes of their constituents (aka their ACTUAL bosses....).

Running a close second on the annoying scale is the "What do you mean we're rushing this bill? It took 60 years" talking point. Ugh. Do they think the American people are that stupid? Are the American people that stupid?
American person: "Senator, I'm really upset that you're trying to pass the biggest legislation ever and you're not even taking the time to read the bill. I just don't think this is something that should be rushed."
Senator: "3ushed? No! This has been 60 years in the making."
American person: "oh. Okay."

Harry Reid made a not only a bad comparison...but a plain sloppy analogy. Like Charles Krauthammer said, suffrage and fighting against slavery were attempts to INCREASE FREEDOMS...not. To give the government control as the founding fathers collective roll over in their graves...

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