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“Let Them Die And Decrease The Surplus Population”

09/04/2009
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What has happened to civility in the health reform debate? What has happened to our humanity and respect for each other when a woman who is disabled can be shouted down and booed for her concern about health care?

The Republican Party, plus the far right, can now be the Ebenezer Scrooge of Health Care Reform and state: “Are there not work houses and are there not prisons? Let them go there, and if they rather, then let them die and decrease the surplus population.”

9 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/04/2009 2:24 pm

    Cruel, but I have a hard time blaming them for heckling her. She was reading a prepared speech as opposed to asking a question. Frankly, she looked like a poorly prepared plant for the pro-ObamaCare crowd.

  2. 09/04/2009 2:26 pm

    Well, to be fair, they probably couldn’t see her wheelchair from the back of the room. But you’re right about civility and honest debate.

  3. 09/04/2009 3:05 pm

    Bluntly put, there is NO debate and there never was such. Neither the Americans who are against ObamaCare nor the Liberals who are for it are going to change their minds on the issue – and the fence-sitters have long ago stopped listening to bulk of either group.

    The Town Halls are solely to show the politicians what the electorate is supporting and in what numbers and with what force. It has more in common with a cartoon call-out than a debate.

  4. Erynn permalink
    09/04/2009 6:06 pm

    I always find it odd that people don’t care what afflicts someone else, no matter how horrible it could be, until it hits close to home with them or their own family. Empathy is apparently dead and has been cloaked in an indecent shroud of apathy. Have we no shame? Have we no compassion?

  5. 09/05/2009 6:56 am

    Very well stated, thank you.

  6. 09/05/2009 6:58 am

    I have always been appalled at man’s inhumanity to each other. A simple trip to the grocery store can be an adventure in watching how we treat each other.

  7. 09/06/2009 8:52 am

    Sometimes I believe I am on a “fence” when it comes to which side to favor. I’ve struggled over the years, 90 coming up, to keep from becoming more then ten pound overweight, except when pregnant. I’ve never smoked and, while I still enjoy a glass or two of wine, gave up all other alcohol. Just as I’ve tried to keep my body healthy and in good shape, it is also true when it come to my brain. On the other hand, when I see people lumering along instead of walking because of rank obesity, I fear I begin to lose a bit of perfect balance. I fear I tend to wonder just where the money is coming from to take care of them when his or her body gives out?

  8. Michael Barefield permalink
    09/06/2009 11:32 am

    This doesn’t surprise me in the least. I am nonetheless appalled by the lack of concern by an element of our population for their fellow countrymen. And those people are proud of their stance – not the least bit ashamed. If there is any justice in the world, that element must fail. Those who would care for their brothers and sisters must prevail.

    People just don’t think things through. Those screaming the loudest in opposition, in many cases, have the most to gain from universal health care. It is “silly season,” indeed. Someone actually commented the other day that those without health insurance, when ill, should simply go the emergency room. The emergency room must treat you and if you can’t pay the bill, you can’t pay the bill. Then the commenter stopped thinking. If s/he had continued thinking, s/he might have realized that that unpaid bill is then reported to TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. The person who was forced to seek care in the emergency room now has a FICO score that will prevent her from purchasing a car, prevent him from getting a home loan (or even renting an apartment), preclude her from even getting basic cable tv or having her electricity turned on without a huge deposit. Worst of all, many employers are now making hiring decisions based upon your credit score. Idiots!!!

  9. elecpencil permalink
    09/07/2009 10:54 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I also saw it and was going to post it. These “Clown Hall”meetings need Jerry Springer to run them.

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