Saturday, August 8, 2009

Insurance Industry Funded Facism.

The title phrase is from Frank Schaeffer. He and his father created the unholy alliance between evangelicals and the right wing in the 1980's over the issue of abortion. Remember waaay back in the day when abortion clinics weren't bombed? Abortion was not such an explosive force until the Republican party figured out they could use it to win elections. Frank Schaffer has now repented of his former activism and is now, in his own words, a right-wing turncoat.

In this fascinating essay, Mr. Schaeffer discusses how his old friend Dick Armey and their evangelical minions are up to :"If they can't win then everyone must go down."

Here's the emerging American version of the fascist's formula: combine millions
of dollars of lobbyists' money with embittered troublemakers who
have a small army of not terribly bright white angry people (collected over
decades through pro-life mass mailing networks) at their beck and call, ever
ready to believe any myth or lie circulated by the semi literate and completely
and routinely misinformed right wing -- Evangelical religious underground. Then
put his little mob together with the insurance companies' big bucks. That's how
it works -- American Brown Shirts at the ready.
At a town hall meeting with the local House representative in Tampa, the brown shirts showed up in force, and created a near-riot. Here's a personal account of someone who attended. A taste of what the evening was like is quoted below.
As one Ms. Coe stood to explain that as people have lost their jobs -
people have lost their health care. The response by the Shouters? "Be more
responsible!" One woman shouted out "Responsibility, Oprah!"

I'm going to finish up this little post with a nugget of wisdom from Sarah Palin
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

What is she talking about? Who knows? Perhaps voices in her head told her about the 'death panel' because it certainly has nothing to do with the health care bills.

On edit, (I'm ashamed to say) What Is Sarah Thinking? There is no way in, uh, double toothpickland that any health care program would touch her son Trig with a 21 foot pole. He's such a preexisting condition; private insurers don't cover those. She couldn't get health care for him on the private market. Good thing her book deal came through already. Looks like those 'death panels' exist today with no help at all from that evil government.

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