Keith is a God among Progressives. This commentary on passage of the Health Care Reform Bill is as good as it gets.
If you ever had ANY have any question of exactly how my political views about the GOP, Teabaggers, Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Conservatives, and all other things to the RIGHT of Center; you can find out EXACTLY as spoken by the Master Progressive Commentator himself:
Professor Keith Olbermann
I ONLY wish I could be half as articulate, well spoken and Spot-On as Keith is:
On Saturday, the day before the House HCR vote, I was on twitter (twitter.com/larrydhalstead) throughout the day. Following Obama's speech I started to see some tweets about racial slurs against Civil Rights hero from the '60's and now Congressman John Lewis.
I started seeing one of my 'follows' is @westwingreport and I saw a series of tweets coming from them that I compiled and put on a twitlonger tweet like this:
On Saturday 20th March 2010, @larrydhalstead said:
Rep. John Lewis gets Teabagger Racial Slur. Full @WestWingReport Tweets here;
West Wing Report email@example.com
-Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights leader who marched at Selma, was called the "N" word by protesters today on Capitol Hill.
-Rep. Lewis, who was a national leader in the 1960s struggle for civil rights, is an American hero. Shame on whoever called him the "N" word.
-Rep. Lewis was asked if racial epithets were yelled at him: "Yes, but it's OK, I've heard this before in the 1960s" (Reports: The Hill)
-Whoever called Mr. Lewis that has undermined their own credibility & that of their cause. Bluntly: you're a bigot & a Neanderthal.
Touche'. Unfair to Neanderthals (to @PDXsays)
Teabaggers have EXPOSED the Hate and bigotry we always accused them of from the Hate Machine of Fox, Palin, Beck, Rush, Bachman, etc.
See also @huffingtonpost Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Faggot' Shouted At Members Of Congress http://huff.to/auHAJT #p2 #tcot
In addition the reports started flowing about bigoted slurs of 'faggot' were being hurled at openly gay Congressman Barney Frank.
As Keith points out, it is far too easy to call these isolated incidents. But the truth is that its part and parcel to an epidemic of hate, fear, division which is the hallmark of the Teabagger cult.
It is not a movement. Movements have a overall plan, a direction, some goals. This is the anti group. They're against government. They're against everything that is NOT them.
The GOP have reached the end of the road. They have allowed the fringe extreme Teabagger cult to hijack their party.
They have only themselves to thank.
If you remember how Carl Rove was able to put an anti-gay marriage proposition in each of the eight states that Bush needed to flip to RED in order to win.
All across this country in election after election, GOP politicians have campaigned on the fear and hate that Glen Beck now madly scribbles on his chalkboard or Palin on her hand, or Rush pukes out on his radio show.
The GOP has lied and deceived for so long now that they no longer have any credibility. Even their own campaign promises to their base are lies.
Think about it. You can win almost any election as a GOP with the constant chant of: "anti-abortion-gay-marriage, anti-abortion-gay-marriage".
And yet, once elected they have never ever delivered on the whole "anti-abotion-gay-marriage". They don't even try. And they no that abortions are and will continue to be legal. Roe v wade is the law of the land.
And gay marriage is getting closer to equal rights. The tide is rising and its only a matter of time before it to is the law of the land.
Bush and the GOP were wrong and out of step with the American Public on:
War in Iraq;
the Patriot Act;
women's health rights;
gay marriage;and every single other issue that would take this country forward.
But the biggest issue yet was and is HCR. Its the mother of all is HCR.
And they failed; miserably. They lied. They spread fear.
They called it socialism, fascism, Nazi, government take over, death panel, baby killer, children slaughter, any other absolutely insane fear mongering they could think up.
They were wrong.
The People of the United States of American must now hold the GOP accountable for all their lie, hate, fear, and division. They must denounce the Teabagger cult. They must deBeckify, dePalinate, deRushDivide their party before they can ever hope to become a credible relevant party again.