Thursday, August 20, 2009

Why we are all morons

(you tell em Barney!
love ya.)

I love Barney Frank. I know, I know, he's gay and unattractive and has a speech impediment. But you have to admit, he tells it like it is.

On Tuesday he confronted a woman at a town hall meeting on health care. She tried to compare Obama's health care reform to Nazi Germany, and Frank retorted, "On what planet do you spend most of your time?"

You can watch the encounter here.

In a somewhat related incident, my husband received another email today. It's very long. It's very angry. Among other things, the author rails against "Big Government" and implies that our Constitution is being undermined and we have strayed from the vision of our founding fathers.

... sigh ...

How on earth can people compare an effort to provide health care to our own citizens, to the atrocities of Nazi Germany?

By what stretch of the imagination did the Small-Government-philosophy SUCCEED during the 8 years of the Bush Administration?

Which provisions of the Constitution, exactly, are being thwarted? Obviously the right to free speech is alive and well.

And lastly, how on earth did the Democrats lose the message war here? Did they not realize that Republicans would resort to dirty tactics to provide Obama's "Waterloo" - regardless of the consequences for the country? Did they forget to come up with a catchy slogan to counteract the words "Socialist" and "Death Squad"? Why are we on the defensive?

I'll just speak for myself. I really thought the need for health care reform was obvious. I thought an intelligent, articulate President would be a refreshing change for all of us. I thought we could become a better country, and pursue some higher goals, and accomplish some positive things.

I'll admit it. I am a moron. But I still hope for all that.

I still hope.



  1. Great post Lesley, I saw the same video of Barney Frank and kudos to him for standing up to the "town hall crazies" out there.
    No, you are not a moron... I also feel the same about the new administration in Washington, D.C. after eight inept years of Bush-Cheney.
    I think the country had just gotten used to the ineptness that is in D.C. and with Obama & company now in charge, it was a shock to a lot of people after everything that went down the last eight years.
    And let's face it, the "right" is a bunch of sore losers after getting throttled in back-to-back elections of '06 and '08.
    They will continue to do whatever they deem necessary to get back into power.

  2. Applause. Well said.
    I am beginning to believe that the majority of Americans are idiots. Never in my wildest dreams did I picture any of this happening.

    I hope you do a post on Tom Delay - Mr. Twinkle Toes. I would love to hear your take on his new dancing career.