Saturday, September 12, 2009

Olbermann Chastises Joe Wilson and Republicans For Their Lies and Fear-mongering and Beck 's Newest Victim

"The Flying Monkeys of the right wing media" Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann points out that it is rather hypocritical of any Republican including Joe Wilson to call President Obama a liar after eight years of continuous bombardment of lies, misinformation , deceit, spin, talking points and propaganda by the Bush/Cheney Regime. Bush lied about torture, renditions, abuse of prisoners, he lied about Saddam and Iraq etc.

Olbermann Joe Wilson

Jeff Schweitzer is upset by the Republican party's double standard as it either ignores Joe Wilson's out burst or rationalizes it and by doing so claim that Wilson is correct in his assumptions about President Obama that he is lying and has some sort of hidden nefarious agenda.

You Lie! by Jeff Schweitzer at Huffington Post, Sept. 11, 2009

The double standard held by Republicans has gone too far.

This hyper-partisanship is destroying our ability to solve our most pressing problems. Republicans have become delusional in thinking that anything done by the GOP is righteous and all actions on the left are threats to our life and liberty. Reason has been thrown out the door, replaced with a blinded, single-minded and hateful view of the world. They openly wish for Obama to fail, which if in reverse they would decry as anti-American. They actively seek to derail health care reform of any kind, no matter the cost of inaction to the nation’s long-term prosperity. They have redefined hypocrisy by ignoring failures on the right and blatantly lying about the left, often accusing Democrats of the very abuses perpetrated by Republicans. Think of the response to Joe Wilson’s ridiculous behavior. Think of family values, Mark Sanford and John Ensign. Speaking of which, why hasn’t Joe Wilson cried out “You lie!” when Mark Sanford speaks? Fox News routinely called Bush protesters unpatriotic, but applauded the tea party protests against Obama. We must no longer abide this repulsive blind bias and hypocritical intolerance.

President Obama said the time for action is now. He is right, and so too is it time to abandon any pretense of bipartisanship. We need to push the Republicans aside so that we may govern responsibly. Obama tried mightily to engage the other side, and in return he is denigrated as a Communist. A dialogue requires at least two parties; otherwise one is talking to oneself. That is now the case.

Evan Handler cannot understand what all the bickering and arguing is about since as far as he's concerned it is a no-brainer to overhaul the US health care system so that all Americans have good quality health care and this should be treated as their right. The question he raises is why are so many Americans unable to realize this and why are they acting in ways which are not in their own interests but in the interests of the Health Insurance Industry and others including Congressmen and Senators who profit by way of the unnecessary misery of the average American.

Have You No Decency, Sir? At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency? by Evan Handler at Huffington Post, Sept. 10, 2009

I'm pretty invested in this health care bill battle. First, twenty-four years ago, when I was 24 years old, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. My medical treatments lasted over four years, cost close to half a million dollars, and were largely paid for by insurance coverage from my two acting unions, Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. Still, my family was forced to empty my bank account to meet official poverty levels (there wasn't very much to spend, at the time) in order to qualify for Social Security disability payments, and my years of illness nearly bankrupted my parents -- in spite of all the insurance coverage and assistance. I can tell you firsthand: even the most privileged among us are within a millimeter of losing everything to an unexpected illness. I was lucky enough to escape the clutches of what was then considered to be an incurable disease. I had my life. But I was left with nothing else. So, I'm puzzled, and amazed, and dismayed, by those who want health care reform legislation to be anything other than the most comprehensive and powerful it can possibly be.

Then there's my new family. My wife is from Italy. She, her parents, her grandparents, all her relatives, and all their friends have received prompt, capable, and comprehensive health care their entire lives, and it hasn't cost them a thing. They've had their teeth cleaned regularly, their cavities filled, gum tissue transplants, fused spinal discs, abdominal surgeries, you name it. They didn't wait any longer than anyone would here. Nothing was rationed or withheld. They were, and are, every age, from zero to 94. Their government makes sure that its citizens can visit the doctor, have surgeries, and take care of their health, period. It's a right of existence, and -- to judge by my wife's circle -- it's working well (and Italy ain't exactly known for things working well). For that matter, my wife also attended the high school of her choice free of charge, and a world renowned Italian University for $200 per year. Why wouldn't Americans want the same? If they do want it, why are these things being kept from them? Maybe a more pertinent question today is, why are they being encouraged and instructed to fear this kind of progress on the part of their government, which every other advanced nation's government in the world has already long embraced?

Predictably The ultraconservative Washington Times & other conservatives claim Obama failed in his speech on health care to satisfy or quell the fears of many Americans.They still believe that Obama is not completely honest about his health care reform . Obama was also the writer argues unable to satisfy the more progressive democrats.

Obama seen failing to sway health debate both Sides Still Bickering" by Jennifer Haberkom Washington Times Sept. 11,2009

President Obama's address to Congress Wednesday night did little to immediately convert factions in the Democratic party to unify behind a health care overhaul plan Thursday, and his call for an end to "bickering" was met by Republican carping that he failed to "reset" the debate.

Liberal House lawmakers said they still want to see the president embrace a government-sponsored public insurance option as part of any bill, and centrist Democrats said they remain worried about the price tag.

"I believe a costly government-run public option is the wrong direction for reform and I will not support it," Rep. Mike Ross, a moderate Blue Dog Democrat from Arkansas who has come out in opposition of the plan that he helped shepherd through committee, said in the aftermath of Mr. Obama's speech.

Wilson wins: Democrats put Joe Wilson anti-illegal immigration demands into health care bill by D.K. Jamaal September 11, The Examiner

But just as Sarah Palin’s “death panel” Facebook notes forced Democrats to remove end-of-life care counseling from the proposals, Joe Wilson appears to be winning the issue.

Remember, Joe Wilson is supposed to be a rude, classless, racist, right-wing demagogue – the crackpot face of the Republicans.

Yet Joe the Crackpot will, like Sarah Palin, get exactly what he wants: health coverage reserved for those with verified legal citizenship status.

Those who actually want real reform that includes a public option, however, will once again be left out in the cold.

Why does the purportedly fanatical right-wing keeps winning, while the reasonable progressive left keeps losing? Obama and the Democrats have no courage.

Maybe it is time for everybody else to start heckling the President. Maybe then we would get real health care reform instead of a giveaway to the private health insurance industry.

Meanwhile Glenn Beck is continuing his witch hunt to ferret out liberals, progressives, activists, socialists , communists, Fascist and collectivist.

Beck's Witch Hunt: The New McCarthyism

Yosi Sergant, Administration Aide Demoted: Glenn Beck Strikes Again at huffington Posst Sept. 10, 2009

Beck attacked Sergant and the NEA on his Fox News talk show, accusing the agency of propaganda efforts similar to those used by Nazi Germany. And now Sergant has been tossed overboard, making him Beck's second victim in his campaign to rid the administration of perceived radicals, socialists, communists, fascists, anarchists and all other manner of nefarious influences.

Perhaps not coincidentally, both Sergant and Van Jones - Beck's first takedown - have roots in on-the-ground organizing and were tightly connected with the grassroots progressive community.

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