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Whose Freedom?

Officer Wesley Cheeks of the Fairfax County Police Department has a run in with a Tea Bagger at the recent Town Hall Meeting in Reston, Virginia hosted by Representative Jim Moran.

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This one is one of the latest attempts by the right to characterize opposition to their efforts to disrupt Town Hall meetings as “Freedom of Speech”.

Now, to be honest, I know the Officer involved. I’ve met him several times in social situations. He’s been with the Fairfax Police 18 or 20 years, and has been an exemplary officer to my knowledge.

I’m not going to get into the legal basis of who is right or wrong here – but I am going to get into something else – Patriotism.

During the Vietnam protest era, one of the favorite bumper stickers of the right was “My Country, right or wrong”, a second was “America – Love it or leave it”.  Indeed, one of the most bitter and cutting criticisms of the actions of some of the War protesters is how they derided, and disrespected American institutions, members of the Armed Forces, and our government.

Starting with the Raygun ascendancy, Republicans turned that bitterness into political hay, making Vietnam Vets who were bitter about their mistreatment by the “left” into a functional arm of the Republican Party. The Republican Party would claim the Patriotism high ground for the next 20 years when George W. Bush’s attempts at jingoism, and plastic patriotism in to hide the fact he had lied the country into the Iraq Invasion became painfully apparent to even the most red, white, and blue soul.

Under the American core belief structure of Freedom, Fair Play, and honsesty – what the Bushits did wasn’t anything a Patriot could be proud of – perhaps leading to Michelle Obama’s much maligned comment about her pride being restored in the country.

The point being, patriotism has moved fully to the other side of the political coin. As such, some folks – particularly minority folks aren’t going to be too thrilled about seeing their President defamed…

Did I mention “Love it or leave it”?

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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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No Health Care For Republicans!

They want to piss and moan about it… Fine!

Let ’em croak!

The Long Fall Down to the Bottom

Wil E. Rethugly's Long Fall in Electorate Canyon

Republicans, fresh from lying about “Death Panels” have come up with yet another creative illusion for their cretin base…

Democrats won’t let Republicans have Health Care!

GOP hints Dems would deny Republicans health care

WASHINGTON — The national Republican Party has mailed a fundraising appeal suggesting Democrats might use an overhaul of the health care system to deny medical treatment to Republicans.

A questionnaire accompanying the appeal says the government could check voting registration records, “prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system.”

It asks, “Does this possibility concern you?”

Katie Wright, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said the question was “inartfully worded.”

But she said people should worry because government officials would have access to personal financial and medical data.

“The RNC doesn’t try to scare people,” said Wright. “We’re just trying to get the facts out on health care. And that’s what we do every day.”

Obama would deny Health Care based on Party Affiliation?

WTF they think he is… George W. Bush?

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2009 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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Weekly Address: Myths and Morality in Health Insurance Reform

President Obama debunks the Rethugs lies on Health Care Reform.

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Posted by on August 23, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Daily Show: Betsy McCaughey Toasted

This is a good one! Betsy McCaughey, Health Reform Nutcase extraordinaire on Job Stewart…

This one is the warm up.

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Now here is where it get’s serious, the pic quality isn’t as good (I got it off of YouTube), but Stewart really starts asking some tough questions and pointing out a few things –

When the going gets tough…

Indeed.

The question still stands – If the US is 83rd in the world in Infant Mortality…

What exactly makes the current system so great?

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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in American Genocide

 

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