Remember schoolyard bullies, you know the ones who who usually threw their weight around just because they could? These were the bullies who could really intimidate and humiliate others real well. It made them feel good because they thought they were right, or someone else told them they were right and everyone else was wrong. Yeah? Well this past weekend we saw the bully raise his/her ugly, sometimes racist and sometimes homophobic head again. They took the form of the mostly white protesters who showed up to the capitol on Saturday to civilly (according to them) voice their opposition to the Health Care Reform Bill. I guess these “kids” felt a bit left behind by the smarter more quietly powerful “kids” in school you know, democratic legislators. Comparatively speaking the legislators are the kids in Junior High who can swim faster, dunk better, get better grades than those who keep boasting that given the chance, could do these things waaaay better…but, really, they can’t. So, the only thing left to the bully is name calling and brick hurling(a brick was hurled through the front window of the Pine Avenue office Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, Saturday). In the Olympics if there was a contest called the douche downhill, they would all win gold medals for coming in first. Rush and Glenn would be there at the awards platform to present the medals and Sister Sarah would do some “fancy pageant walking.”
Here is a sample of Compassionate Civil Confrontation from my post yesterday (Recorded earlier this month)
My friend Kevin (I mentioned him yesterday…I guess this is a series) described them in his article as
“those who can no longer provide for their families feel emasculated.”
He references those who are unemployed or under employed. I think he was being kind and compassionate. I don’t have to be. I would take his characterizations a bit even farther and categorize them as confused, fearful, and blatantly ignorant. They seem to run with half baked ideas and half truths. The half-truths and outright lies are preached from the pulpits of Bishop Beck and Mother Superior Limbaugh. These poor people revel in their ignorance calling it righteous. A great man told me once, don’t pursue vast projects with half-vast ideas. I believe that looking at what happened last Saturday, this still holds true. Having half-truths and operating from that, is very dangerous. I wouldn’t call them dumb because that would be a slight on the dumb in our society. I would call them pathetic, because they should know better.
Kevin alluded to the racial overtones in the rhetoric of the Tea Party. This weekend’s activities however left no doubt, the racism was real. Many of them are closeted racists. Many of them are homophobic as well. They will deny it of course, waving the flag and their guns in your face to prove it. While we are waiting for the videos, an incident described by a staffer of a member of Congress leaves little doubt that racism runs deep in the TP movement. The staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protester. The incident needs our scrutiny and our condemnation. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called the “n” word. And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot,” as protesters shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, who has probably heard worse in his life, shrugged off the incident. This is what reasonable people do when confronted by a bully, ignore them. TP leaders would also shrug this off as isolated incidents. But, when you string all of the “isolated incidents” together, don’t they become a pattern?
Rep. James Clyburn said of the incident, “It doesn’t make me nervous as all. In fact, as I said to one heckler, I am the hardest person in the world to intimidate, so they better go somewhere else.” Classy. Neither one of the congressmen who were spat upon wanted to press charges. Classy times 2. When asked what he thought of the vitriol he responded,
“A lot of us have been saying for a long time that much of this, much of this is not about health care a all. And I think a lot of those people today demonstrated that this is not about health care… it is about trying to extend a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful.”
He is so right on the money, isn’t he? In recent years there has been a backlash of irrationality against any program that provides help for those who cannot help themselves. “Get out and work you bum” is the cry. What are we as Americans if not our brother’s keeper? Who are we as Americans if we show no compassion and mercy toward one another? I have said it before and I will say it again, a selfish country is not my country, I’m an American.
When Beck harkens back to the “good old days” he is using code for his good old days. Those days no longer exist, Glenn, if they ever did in reality. It falls to you, Tea Party people, to help us create the good days NOW. Now that we have health care please seek a cure to what seems like a terminal case of myopia. Pre-existing conditions are now covered. Who will suffer in November? Not those who stood tall for civil rights like Jim Clyburn and John Lewis not the Congressmen who stood tall for the poor among us during this weekend’s health care debate. And Beck and Limbaugh what will become of them when the leaves fall? I believe they will continue to be cartoons who’s voices begin to fade like the taunts of the bully in Junior High, we all outgrow Saturday morning cartoons eventually. Hey, whatever happened to those guys who used to rule the play ground?
Check out this video from Newsy.com