Notes From Babel

Ranters vs. Ranters

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Many of the public health option and single-payer advocates keep pointing to the “right wing nuts” who keep showing up at town halls, who rant that, under Obamacare, so-and-so wouldn’t get the care they need.  Rick Perlstein today (er, tomorrow) writes:

In Pennsylvania last week, a citizen, burly, crew-cut and trembling with rage, went nose to nose with his baffled senator: “One day God’s going to stand before you, and he’s going to judge you and the rest of your damned cronies up on the Hill. And then you will get your just deserts.” He was accusing Arlen Specter of being too kind to President Obama’s proposals to make it easier for people to get health insurance.

In Michigan, meanwhile, the indelible image was of the father who wheeled his handicapped adult son up to Rep. John Dingell and bellowed that “under the Obama health-care plan, which you support, this man would be given no care whatsoever.” He pressed his case further on Fox News.

In New Hampshire, outside a building where Obama spoke, cameras trained on the pistol strapped to the leg of libertarian William Kostric. He then explained on CNN why the “tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time by the blood of tyrants and patriots.”

The first link requires a paid subscription to Washington Post.  The third link, on William Kostric, is to an interview with Chris Matthews, who tries desperately to make Kostric look like an incoherent babbling nut (i.e., bring him down to Matthews’ level).  By the end, even Matthews had to concede that “I think you speak in a different way than most people, I think the trouble is you alarm many people that believe that when you bring a gun violence might be afoot…but you say you’re not interested in using force to get your way politically.”

As for the gentlemen in the second link, who is hopping mad about the prospect that his son with cerebral palsy would not get the care he needs under Obamacare, why are the likes of Pearstein and Krugman (by the way, see the actual Rockwell painting that Krugman mischaracterizes here) and the rest jumping down his throat?  After all, long, rambling rants that invoke sympathetic anecdotes are the Obamacare supporters’ bread and butter.  (“Won’t somebody please think of the children?!”)  And, like the fellow citizens who shouted down the guy who would not shut his pie hole at the town hall with Rep. John Dingell, Obamacare supporters also have to be told to put a sock in their demagoguery and tear-jerkery.  You’d think that, from their respective “time out” corners, they might commiserate rather than flip each other off.

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Written by Tim Kowal

August 15, 2009 at 10:14 am

Posted in Health Care, Politics

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