Teabagger trifecta

In addition to the Teabaggers' earlier "ugly bigotry and intimidation" calling Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) a ni**er and Barney Frank (D-MA) a fa**ot, the anti-healthcare protesters also called Ciro Rodriguez of Texas (D-TX) a "wetback" who should "go back to Mexico."

Kudos to Lewis, who noted that "it reminded me of the '60s. There's a lot of downright hate and anger, and people are just being downright mean." Frank commented that objections to healthcare have "become a proxy for other sentiments," many of which "were hateful and abusive."

Racism, homophobia, and xenophobia: it's the Teabagger trifecta!

Several blogs (ThinkProgress, TrueSlant) noted the Republicans' half-hearted disavowals and recriminations, most of which tried to blame Democrats for GOP misdeeds--what a surprising turn of events!

John Boehner (R-OH) called the incidents "reprehensible," but then tried to excuse them by saying that "millions of Americans are scared to death." They sure are, Rep Boehner--and you're part of the reason why! You and your party lied to them, you scared them, and now you're pretending to be surprised that they're acting out of fear and anger? Please! Devin Nunes (R-CA) tried to excuse their behavior by suggesting that Republicans "begin to act crazy" when Democrats "use totalitarian tactics." At this point, I'll quote Jon Stewart from last Spring:

I think you might be confusing tyranny with losing. And I feel for you because ah...I've been there. A few times. In fact one of them was a bit of a nail biter. But see, when the guy that you disagree with gets elected, he's probably going to do things you disagree with. He could cut taxes on the wealthy. Remove government's oversight capability. Invade a country that you thought should not be invaded but that's not tyranny. That's democracy.

See now you're in the minority. It's supposed to taste like a s#%t taco. And by the way, if I remember correctly when a disagreement was expressed about that President's actions when ya'll were in power I believe the response was "Why do you hate America?". "Watch what you say." "Love it or leave it." "Suck on my truck nuts."

Since it's the Teabaggers, not a group known for their appreciation of the arts of governance or of compromise, there were threats of violence if the vote didn't go their way:


If they're "scared to death," why are they so belligerent?


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That would be a great counter-protest sign!

Are these sort of insults part of the GOP's strategy to attract African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT voters? If so, they must want to spend a long time wandering in the political wilderness...

"I didn't vote for the socialist."

Neither did I. I voted for Obama.

Hey! I can comment now!

Anyway, I read those gawd awful words that our elected leaders had to endure, and my heart just sank. Aren't we past that yet? Will we ever get past it? Truly depressing.

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