“Elected Republican officials are whipping up the sick and delusional to assassinate the president!”
Sound extreme? Unfortunately, it isn’t. Just think of Sarah Palin (OK, former elected) on Obama’s death panels. In the video below, Rachel Maddow recounts some of the extreme rhetoric from the Republicans, and details some recent actions linking support of Obama’s health care with violence and threats of death.
This is very scary. And of course behind it all is insurance companies. And the very big bucks involved.
In an article today entitled, “Republican Death Trip,” Nobel Prize Winner Paul Krugman remarks:
Last week, [Senator] Grassley … told an audience that “you have every right to fear,” that we “should not have a government-run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma.”
Again, that’s what a supposedly centrist Republican, a member of the Gang of Six trying to devise a bipartisan health plan, sounds like.
…. The truth is that the factors that made politics so ugly in the Clinton years — the paranoia of a significant minority of Americans and the cynical willingness of leading Republicans to cater to that paranoia — are as strong as ever. In fact, the situation may be even worse than it was in the 1990s because the collapse of the Bush administration has left the G.O.P. with no real leaders other than Rush Limbaugh.
O right. Limbaugh is another unelected one, but then he’s de facto a leader.
There’s a second video here where Maddow looks at parallels to the assassination of abortion providers.
Thanks to Calypso for catching a mistake!