And The Crowd Yells, “Let Him Die”

This comes to us care of Talking Points Memo and Think Progress‘s liveblog of the latest GOP presidential debate, the second to feature Rick Perry. This particular moment hits close to home for me. You might remember my attempts to pay for and get health insurance and where that got me.

In this moment, it is asked whether someone who is uninsured should be allowed to die or if the government should pick up where his lack of insurance and his bank account left off. The reaction from the Tea Party crowd is surprising, even for them. Below is the incident in question.

Ron Paul the doctor says a 30-year-old who has an accident and needs intensive health care should’ve planned ahead and is responsible for himself. When Blitzer asks if society should let that young man die, some in the crowd shout in approval. Tea Party audience members heard yelling: “Yeah!” “Let him die!”

I actually sort of like Ron Paul. I think his ideas are kind of crazy and his loathing of government a bit ironic but at least he has some ideas. This is more of a critique of the audience than Ron Paul though he sure didn’t challenge them.

And of course, Blitzer should have proposed the question again with someone like me who tried to get insurance, even paid for it for months and then was told he was uninsurable. What if I were the one in the hospital for six months? A twenty-something with all intentions of not getting a free ride.

Now, discuss!

UPDATE: Looks like Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson was right over a year ago when he said the Republican healthcare plan was, “Don’t get sick and if you do get sick, die quickly.” Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration and the hypothetical situation isn’t specific enough but it sure doesn’t help the argument for the Tea Party reaction last night.

Ok, so now discuss.

Obama – The Next Great Leader

This video gives us just a peek into the man that is Barack Obama and shows us why he will be the next great leader.  Not just next great Black leader like Martin Luther King Jr., no he will be so much more.

Thanks Chase for posting this originally on your site.

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What a powerful video.  Of course, by the time most of you have seen this, the election will be finished and we will have our new president, and he will be Barack Obama.

Mizzou Obama Rally Video

Video c/o KOMU.  What a wonderful service, they allow you to download their stories.  Unfortunately they are Windows Media Video files (wmv) which is absolutely horrendous.  I’ve converted it into a Flash Video (flv) file and put it up for you to enjoy.

Ch-ch-ch-check it out 🙂

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Misguided Midget Asshole with dreams of ruling the world

That is a quote from the movie The Last Dragon.

Why do I have this quote? Just saw a few minutes of the movie yesterday on some cable network (TNT?). Did you know that Bush is the shortest president in nearly twenty-four years? Did you know that the last, and only, president as tall as John Kerry was Abraham Lincoln? Just something interesting I scooped up today.

Bush is our Misguided Midget Asshole…

Misguided because he attacked Iraq when he should have attacked Afganistan (if anyone). He put all his sights on the Middle East while ignoring current allies and foes in Europe and Asia (respectively). We have allies furious at us and enemies with weapons that could kill thousands of us.

Midget because, well he is too short to take seriously. I mean, he is average, but I want a president that towers over his people, to show strength. Weak argument I know haha but:

In his 1982 book Too Small, Too Tall psychologist John Gillis presents [these] results: in the 21 presidential elections from 1904 to 1984, the taller candidate won 80 percent of the time. What’s more, he says, in the whole history of the Republic, only two presidents–Harrison and James Madison (5’4″)–were appreciably shorter than the average height in their day.

An asshole because he focuses on his partisan agenda where big money companies take precedence over his constiuents. He focuses issues where he has money at stake, while ignoring the rest of America. Nota bene!

George W. Bush Deficit Effect Graph

George W. Bush Deficit Effect Graph

There will be more, I know you just can’t wait… My life is boring, be bored with me haha. (my writing is boring at least)