Good old Republican Debate night featuring a slate of characters so unbelievably disconnected from the American public it is shameful, except of course the Tea Partiers. From Michele’s claim that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation to the crowd applauding to a suggestion that the hypothetical American citizen without insurance be allowed to die.
Wolf Blitzer asked Ron Paul “A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what? I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it. But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it.”
Paul’s response “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody.” To which Blitzer asked “ But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die? “ Without even giving Mr. Paul a chance to reply, a member of the audience shouted out “let him die” which was met with applause. To note, the audience was comprised of various members of the Tea Party who obviously left their compassion at home. This is supposed to represent Christian values??
Ron Paul spoke on how the nation may be less safe due to the excessive military spending.
“We’re under great threat because we occupy so many countries. We’re in 130 countries — we have 900 bases around the world — we’re going broke. The purpose of al Qaeda was to attack us, invite us over there where they can target us. And they have been doing it. They have more attacks against us and the American interests per month than occurred in all the years before 9/11. But we’re there, occupying their land. And if we think we can do that and not have retaliation, we’re kidding ourselves. We have to be honest with ourselves. What would we do if another country, say China, were to do what we do to all those countries over there. So I would say that a foreign policy that takes care of our national defense…. There’s no authority in the Constitution to be the policeman of the world. And no nation-building, Just remember, George Bush won the presidency on that platform in the year 2000, and I still think it’s a good platform.”
To which Rick Santorum gave a response only tea baggers would love,
“We were attacked, as Newt talked about, because we have a civilization that is antithetical to the civilization of the jihadists. And they want to kill us because of who we are and what we stand for, and what we stand for is American exceptionalism. We stand for freedom and opportunity for everyone around the world, and I am not ashamed to do that. “
Huh? America, the country which props up dictators who will do their bidding and then rains perpetual shit down on their head when they no longer want to play and calls this “bringing democracy to the world”? That same America who wages war on a country not waiting for the “final proof in the form of a mushroom cloud”, where there was no proof nor an indication that there was any mushroom cloud.? And, they hate us for American exceptionalism?
Michele, Michele, Michele, where do you get this stuff? Michele decided to call Perry’s executive order as Governor of Texas requiring young females to have to receive the HPV hepatitis, into question. To Michele, it doesn’t matter that not one Texan young girl received the HPV vaccination by force. Post debate she claimed
“There’s a woman” (anonymous woman she doesn’t know) , “who came up crying to me tonight after the debate. She said her daughter was given that vaccine, She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result. There are very dangerous consequences.”
There is no link between the HPV vaccination and diminished cognitive abilities. This statement, from an authority figure, a Presidential hopeful, is the equivalent of shouting “fire” in a crowded theatre. To spread such misinformation is not only idiotic, but extremely harmful. This tactic, of creating a culture of fear and distrust is characteristic of GOP,
This reactionary, extreme Republican Party which will harm the nation through its refusal to negotiate or compromise on ideology, has proven their true intent which is to bring down Obama. It doesn’t matter that something constructive has to be done about the economy, nor does the Job Creation Bill which is legislation the GOP has lauded in past. They will stand strong on their ideology, either no realizing or really don’t concern themselves with it, that ideology doesn’t feed families.