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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Nation of Jay-Walkers

The level of ignorance on display at the health care town hall meetings is astounding. Yesterday, a woman accused Barney Frank, (a Jew), of being for a "Nazi" policy. Wow.
Frank replied to her, "Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it."

Remember when Jay Leno did a regular bit on "The Tonight Show" called "Jay Walking"? The piece consisted of showing people on the street photos of obscure Americans such as the current Vice President and asking them who the person was, or asking tough questions like "How many states are there in the United States?" Unbelievably, a lot of people couldn't identify the Vice President and weren't sure how many states there are. Is it ignorance, is it stupidity, is it a rare genetic ability inherited by some to live completely inside their own heads and not notice anything else in the world around them? Whatever it is, these "Jay Walkers" are the same people who are now showing up at the town hall meetings. We're not saying that everyone doesn't have a right to voice their opinion, that's what makes America America, but if you're one of those people screaming, "Keep your government hands off my Medicare!", maybe you should just sit there and keep your mouth shut. Or at least become a contestant on the next edition of "Jay Walking".

A breath of fresher air can be found on MSNBS's "The Rachel Maddow Show". Yes, she's a Dem and she's partisan, but her manner is light and intelligent, and most importantly, she makes good common sense. Last night, she did a comedy bit with Kent, her sidekick, in which they were ordering pizza. Kent said he wanted pizza, but then proceeded to state that he didn't want any toppings, cheese or sauce. The elementary-level but effective point was that the Republicans who say they're for health care reform are like Kent ordering pizza. They say they want reform, but then fight against every single proposal that arises. The overall point being that maybe it's time to call a spade a spade and start realizing that the Repubs do not want health care reform. Period. And maybe if Obama and more of the Dems realized this, they could just leave the Repubs behind, pass the needed health care reforms without them, and let the Republicans continue to slowly trudge their way toward the tar pits.

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