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A Tale of Seven Psychoses

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Posted on January 3 2011 6:00 am

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6.  HCR Passage

The passage of the health-care reform bill, which the election of Scott Brown was supposed to prevent, proceeded apace anyway, propelled by a judicious mixture of procedural shell games, WWE level arm-twisting, outright bribes and deception.

One would think the passage of a law nobody really understood, using methods usually associated with small tropical countries boasting “leaders-for-life” dressed like doormen, would have piqued the interest of our media sleuths, but as it happens they had no particular problem with any of that.

What did exercise them mightily was the persistent and stubborn refusal of the hoi polloi to simply take it on faith that this swollen mutant was good for them and stop making such a fuss.

Olbermann (if I promise this is the last you’ll see of him will you keep reading? Okay, deal.), who can always be counted upon to bring measured and sober reflection to the table, poured oil on troubled waters by equating insurance companies and HCR opponents to terrorists:

What would you do, sir, if terrorists were killing 45,000 people every year in this country? Well, the current health care system, the insurance companies, and those who support them are doing just that….Because they die individually of disease and not disaster, Neal Boortz and those who ape him in office and out, approve their deaths, all 45,000 of them — a year — in America. Remind me again, who are the terrorists?

Keith’s flourishes aside, The Left’s problem throughout the HCR debate was that Tea Party people refused not only to behave like terrorists, but to even behave like jaywalkers or litterbugs. This stunning lack of cooperation persisted right up to the day of passage, despite every provocation Nancy “I’ve heard this kind of rhetoric before” Pelosi could think of, including marching through the middle of the protest with an enormous gavel and a boatload of potential willing martyrs.

When the protesters still wouldn’t oblige the Left just shrugged their shoulders and made stuff up.

It was thus perhaps fitting that the actual passage of a bill no one had read was marked with persistent accounts of racism and homophobia that nobody saw.

A year-long debate that’s been rancorous and mean from the start turned even nastier yesterday. Demonstrators protesting the bill poured into the halls of Congress shouting ‘Kill the bill!’ and ‘Made in the USSR.’ And as tempers rose, they hurled racial epithets, even at civil rights icon John Lewis of Georgia, and sexual slurs at Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank. Other legislators said the protesters spit on them, and one lawmaker said it was like a page out of a time machine.

Bob Schieffer made these assertions without a shred of supporting evidence. We know this because to this day there isn’t a single sound or video clip to indicate anyone used the N-word once, much less the 15 times Lewis claimed. This despite the fact that camera-enabled mobile phones, Flip cameras and a host of other technologies have made impromptu recording virtually ubiquitous.

Andrew Breitbart offered to reward of ten thousand dollars to anyone who could produce such a clip. At the time of this writing his money is still safe.

Next: Media to Sarah Palin – “Okay no more Mr. Nice Guy!”

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