Friday, August 28, 2009

No really, it's because they're stupid

Stolen from ThinkProgress:
In Lake Elmo, Minnesota yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann held a “raucous” town hall meeting to discuss health care reform that was filled with “deafening cheers and a few jeers.” Though some of her constituents called on her to stop “distorting the president’s plan” and “stretching the truth to the point of lies,” others pushed the kind of paranoid criticisms of reform that Bachmann has put forward. One attendee, a member of the St. Francis city council, worried that his Social Security would be overtaken by “socialism”:

At times tempers flared at the forum, with constituents shouting at one another.

LeRoy Schaffer, a St. Francis city council member, dressed in a tuxedo and top hat for the occasion. Shaffer got visibly emotional asking Bachmann about the future of health care and the role of special interests in Washington.

“I’ll be danged if I am going to give up my Social Security because of socialism,” Schaffer said, before being booed by the crowd.

Schaffer’s concern about Social Security is similar to the people at town halls who tell their members of Congress to keep their “government hands off of Medicare.” As MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell argued earlier this month when challenging a constituent of Sen. Arlen Specter’s (D-PA), Social Security is a form of “smart, practical socialism” since it redistributes wealth.

This really is the stupidest argument in recent history in my opinion. The town hall disruptors have been proven to be either plants or just plain idiots. This series of incidents only seals the deal. That there are people in this country that don't accept that there are levels of socialism already built into the framework of our society and yet don't cause our government to sink into the depths of teh communists is just proof that the average person is a sadly uninformed one. Personally, I blame idiots like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin who perpetuate this idiocracy. Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are outright morons. Bachmann on the other hand is an elected official who should probably see the truth as a simple element of having an opinion as a member of Congress, but then there are many we've put in office that don't have any real concern for their constituents or actually helping the country. They just want to toe the line so they get the best prizes.

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