Open Letter On Hypocrisy

I love finding examples of the hypocrisy in our political discussion mainly because they are so prevalent and easily found. In fact one of my many past blogging projects was called “Politics and Hypocrisy” so this open letter from American Dad written to Conservatives was right up my alley.


You can’t flip out — and threaten impeachment – when Dems use a parliamentary procedure (deem and pass) that you used repeatedly (more than 35 times in just one session and more than 100 times in all!), that’s centuries old and which the courts have supported. Especially when your leaders admit it all.

You can’t vote and scream against the stimulus package and then take credit for the good it’s done in your own district (happily handing out enormous checks representing money that you voted against, is especially ugly) —  114 of you (at last count) did just that — and it’s even worse when you secretly beg for more.

You can’t fight against your own ideas just because the Dem president endorses your proposal.

You can’t call for a pay-as-you-go policy, and then vote against your own ideas.

Are they “unlawful enemy combatants” or are they “prisoners of war” at Gitmo? You can’t have it both ways.

You can’t carry on about the evils of government spending when your family has accepted more than a quarter-million dollars in government handouts.

You can’t refuse to go to a scheduled meeting, to which you were invited, and then blame the Dems because they didn’t meet with you.

You can’t rail against using teleprompters while using teleprompters. Repeatedly.

You can’t rail against the bank bailouts when you supported them as they were happening.

You can’t be for immigration reform, then against it .

You can’t enjoy socialized medicine while condemning it.

You can’t flip out when the black president puts his feet on the presidential desk when you were silent about white presidents doing the same.  Bush.  Ford.

You can’t complain that the president hasn’t closed Gitmo yet when you’ve campaigned to keep Gitmo open.

There is quite a bit more to be found in American Dad’s post but I am sure you get the idea.

(h/t Unreasonable Faith)

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Grow A Pair

So now it is official. The House passed health care reform, the gloom and doom predictors are in fine form, and all I plan on saying for the moment is that the Democrats now own this (though you and I and our kids will be paying the bill) and going forward will have to answer to the consequences good or bad.

The one question I have from the process that came to a head last night is whether the as of yet unnamed Republican Congressman whom yelled out “baby killer” to staunch pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak will have the balls to own up to his comment? Early conjecture has the comment coming from someone from the Texas delegation which given the state’s current state of wingnut affairs wouldn’t be a surprise.

Come on now we are waiting…Joe Wilson needs someone to join his diarrhea of the mouth club.

UPDATE: Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer was apparently the member who shouted “baby killer” during the House session last night.

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More Racist, Homophobic Tea Party Fun

Some in South Dakota’s blogosphere and political world take pride in their support of the Tea Party movement going so far as to call it an attempt to get America back to it’s roots in the past. Lately though the biggest part of that past they seem to be shooting for is the homophobic and racist part.

On Saturday, as a small group of protesters jammed the Capitol and the streets around it, the movement’s origins in white resistance to the Civil Rights Movement was impossible to ignore. Here’s only what the mainstream media is reporting, ignoring what I’m seeing on Twitter and left wing blogs:

  • Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis was taunted by tea partiers who chanted “nigger” at least 15 times, according to the Associated Press (we are not cleaning up language and using “the N-word” here because it’s really important to understand what was said.) First reported on The Hill blog (no hotbed of left-wing fervor), the stories of Lewis being called “nigger” were confirmed by Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones and Democratic Rep. Andre Carson, who was walking with Lewis. “It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Carson, a former police officer. “He said it reminded him of another time.”
  • Another Congressional Black Caucus leader, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, was spat upon by protesters. The culprit was arrested, but Cleaver declined to press charges.
  • House Majority Whip James Clybourn told reporters: “I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus.”
  • There were many reports that Rep. Barney Frank was called a “faggot” by protesters, but the one I saw personally was by CNN’s Dana Bash, who seemed rattled by the tea party fury. Frank told AP: “It’s a mob mentality that doesn’t work politically.”
  • Meanwhile, a brick came through the window at Rep. Louise Slaughter’s Niagara Falls office on Saturday (the day she argued for her “Slaughter solution” to pass health care reform, though it was rejected by other Democrats on the House Rules Committee).

Makes one wonder whether attendees at these rallies should be bringing their own white sheets or if maybe they will start providing them for you free of charge when you arrive.

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It's OK, The Bible Said He Could

You gotta love those crazy bible thumpers who will usually find some sort of Biblical justification for just about any demented thing they do. A 58 year old Minnesota man did when he used the “good book” to justify his “marriage” and continued molestation of a 10 year old girl.

A 58-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a female relative for nearly a decade after she was placed in his care believes the Bible gave him the right to make the girl his “wife” when she was 10 years old, police said Monday.

James Wallace Fall, of Mound, “married” the girl during a family trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2000, after she and her two brothers went to live with Fall and his wife, Rosemary Fall, according to police. The children’s father had died, and their mother was deemed unfit to care for them, police said.

Fall molested the girl for the first time during that trip, and he said they were married, Mound police detective Jami Wittke told The Associated Press on Monday.

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Heath Care Reform And Conspiracy Theories

First let me re-state again that I don’t think the government should be getting in the health care business. Putting any Constitutional questions aside, the old saying involving screwing up a wet dream comes to mind whenever “large social program” and “government run” are used in the same sentence. With that being said, once the Democrats decided to work to get health care reform done, the conspiracy theories started coming out of the woodwork from all directions in an attempt to derail it.

The first real whopper came from our favorite dingbat Sarah Palin’s Facebook page. It intimated that Obamacare (I really hate that term) would form government run death panels whose sole purpose would be to choose whether grandma or grandpa would get the lifesaving treatments they needed. Of course that wasn’t true nor did she criticize the current state of health care were insurance companies already have that job but you get the idea.

The latest conspiracy theory involves the always controversial subject of abortion and Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak’s attempt to ensure that any government run heath care package not include paying for the procedure. You would expect that the possibility of any pro-lifer’s tax dollars being used to fund abortions would understandably be a deal breaker for them and in an effort to make sure that everyone else would be against it as well, they took statements from Stupak himself and twisted them into their latest conspiracy.

According to some, the real reason the Democrats don’t want to add the Stupak amendment to any heath care reform package has nothing to do with the fact that abortion is a legal and often medically necessary procedure but is something else altogether. These folks want you to believe that the reason Democrats really don’t want to ban abortion funding is because abortions are a cheaper option than forcing someone to carry to full term all these children that would subsequently be born with health issues. You know, the always popular procedure made (in)famous by the Nazi’s, Eugenics.

In order to be effective, a policy of using abortion as a cost-cutting measure would have to aim at preventing the birth of babies with such pre-existing conditions. The goal would be not a reduction in the number of babies, but an “improvement” in the “quality” (narrowly defined in economic terms) of the babies who are born. This is known as eugenics.

Wow, who would who would have known that all the “Obama is a Nazi” rhetoric was so true and that Roe v. Wade decision was actually an attempt by the radical left wing Supreme Court to kill off all the undesirables? Where is Jesse Ventura when you need him?

UPDATE: Just an aside to this. Nothing in the Senate version of the healthcare bill would allow for federally funded abortions other than those limited cases currently allowed by the Hyde Amendment but of course very few people are mentioning this especially among those playing the eugenics card.

(As always, a tip of the hat to Dakota Voice for providing me with all the wingnut news fit to print exposing this latest pernicious lie)

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