Karma: A Reminder For The Tea Party

MandT posted a couple of related videos, the first of which is a clip from the GOP presidential debate, in which moderator Wolf Blitzer asked candidate Ron Paul if he would allow an uninsured American to die of an unexpected major illness. Before Paul got his reply out of his mouth, some in the audience shouted Yeah! and Let him die! I wouldn’t want to experience their karma, and over on Mad Kane’s site, on a political haiku post, I added a haiku in answer to a troll, one of the let-him-die crowd who has recently begun infesting her site:

People left to die:
You would hasten the process?
Here’s your axe… blade first.
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  • MandT  On Saturday September 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    The spread of this poison and evil over the land is stunning, even as we have been predicting it for years. Deja vu the Weimar Republic….

    • Steve  On Saturday September 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Dog help us if you are right, MandT. But if you are not, I cannot see just what is going to save us from that fate.

      Mean-spiritedness has become a kind of advertised virtue among people who call themselves “conservative”; I have known true conservatives, and these hateful (and probably fear-filled) people don’t qualify. “Conservative” was not originally a synonym for “just plain mean.” But it seems that true conservatives have given in to the mean people, much as former Democrats have given in to Obama-style policies. WASF.

  • MandT  On Saturday September 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    The true conservatives I have known have been individuals of principle and critical reasoning. I suspect they are a rare breed these days. What we are seeing is degenerate radicalism brought on by a corruption of religious dogma that can only be called heretical and a political fascism supported by a huge population of deluded, frightened and low information people on the losing end of late capitalism.

    • Steve  On Sunday September 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      MandT, I despair of seeing true conservatism saved. True conservatives have no leverage, rather like true liberals. To quote a line from a Patricia Barber song (“The Postmodern Blues”), “What we’re left with… is wrooooonggg…”

  • Bryan  On Saturday September 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    The reason we have had a Public Health Service almost since the beginning of the nation is because disease doesn’t respect borders or wealth. Actually, as many pandemics are spread via airline passengers, it is the relatively well off that are the carriers.

    Universal health care isn’t just a civilized right, it is a true national security problem. Taxes are the dues you pay to live in a society. If they don’t won’t live here, no one is stopping them from leaving. There is no government and plenty of vacant land in Somalia.

    • Steve  On Sunday September 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Bryan, as I noted at your place, the virus hasn’t evolved that can distinguish a Mexican from a Texan, and forty-foot walls don’t keep them out, either. We either practice the science of Public Health or we suffer a lot of needless death and disease. There really is a science to it, and it’s only about a century old, as best I recall. You can get a degree at Johns Hopkins if you’re highfalutin’ enough, or at UTSPH if you merely want an excellent education in Public Health.

  • jams o donnell  On Sunday September 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Was that Ron Paul answering in the first video? Pardon my language but he is an callous, evil piece of shit… an evil bastard but then that is the cornerstone of being a liertarian isn’t it?. I am not a vengeful person…. but perhaps he deserves a taste of his own lack of medicine

    • Steve  On Sunday September 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Yes, jams, that was Ron Paul, the signature Libertarian in the Republican party. (Yes, I know; that’s a contradiction in terms. Stet.) A surprising number of people like that bullshit and really get into it. Paul has held a variety of offices over the years. His son Rand Paul (yes, named after Ayn Rand), now in the Senate no less, serves to keep Ron Paul from being the nuttiest. Actually, Michele Bachmann does a pretty good job of being nuttier than Ron, too. But not by much; Ron Paul is nutty enough to make me hide my face in shame for my country when he speaks on TV.

  • Madeleine Begun Kane  On Sunday September 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Steve, I love your haiku. Thanks for posting it on my blog. It helped a bit with the stench left by that awful Chris guy.

    • Steve  On Sunday September 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks, Mad. IMHO, there’s no shame in banning guys like that; they don’t get to post on this site, for example. Despite what they may whine, it is NOT a free-speech issue: blogs are free; they can get their own, and say any damned thing they want on it.


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