We’ve got a Democratic Congressman saying on the floor of the United States House of Representatives (of all places) that Republicans want sick people to die and a prominent New York Times columnist lamenting the hateful tactics of a few extreme right-wingers while talking heads on CNN nod their heads in solemn agreement.
This is the Orwellian universe in which we find ourselves when left-wing bloggers and their echo chamber in the mainstream media decry in high dudgeon the extremists of the far right as if they represent the conservative opposition to President Obama and the Democrats’ policies. I wonder if Mr. Friedman ever assumed such a tone — or used such language — to decry the hateful rhetoric coming from the left side of the political aisle during the better part of the George W. Bush era. (If he did, I would take his column a lot more seriously today.)
Rep. Alan Grayson claims he has looked at the GOP health care plans and found it has three planks, (1) Don’t Get Sick, (2) and if you do get sick, (3) Die quickly. Yeah, he actually said, “the Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.” Here’s the video if you don’t believe me.
I wonder if the leader of his party in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has concerns about the language Mr. Grayson used, you know, suggesting his partisan opponents want people to die. And I wonder if he’s read any of the 30 or so Republican bills introduced in the House alone. While Rep. John Larson (D-CT), “chairman of the House Democratic Caucus is calling on” Grayson to apologize, the soon-to-be former Congressman refused to do so, offering to “apologize to the dead“.
I’m sure Mr. Friedman’s next column will focus on Grayson’s disturbing and dangerous rhetoric.