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  •  He needs to resign and get treated (1+ / 0-)
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    He's doing his constituents a great disservice by dragging this out. He needs to get well. If he can do this, they will be other campaigns.

    •  Why is this only being asked of him? (4+ / 0-)
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      Seriously.

      There are other representatives with health issues who are not being questioned in this way.

      •  Who else is doing this? (0+ / 0-)

        And the way Jackson has been handling this is not good at all.

        •  Mark Kirk, Gabby Giffords, to name just a couple. (3+ / 0-)

          No one had issue when Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd were ill and out for months at a time.

          "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

          by second gen on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:24:01 AM PST

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          •  No one? (4+ / 0-)

            Markos wrote about it.
            http://www.dailykos.com/...

            You see, Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd are too sick to show up! Both have been wheeled in for key votes in recent months, and one thinks the same could be done for key health care votes, but they have become the newest excuse for Democratic impotence in the Senate.

            It's unfortunate. Neither man (and especially Kennedy) deserves to see their legacy tarnished by becoming an excuse for the failure of a robust health care plan. Democrats need to either admit that the problem lies elsewhere (the Nelsons of the party), or gently ask that Kennedy and Byrd cede their seats to new senators who can help finish the fight for Kennedy's lifelong crusade.

          •  Not a good comparison (1+ / 0-)
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            Giffords  was shot in the head and almost died. Ted Kennedy  had brain cancer.  Also, neither were under federal criminal investigation at the time, either.

            •  Bipolar Disorder can kill you as surely as a (1+ / 0-)
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              bullet or a tumor in the brain.

              And I must have missed where he's been convicted.

              "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

              by second gen on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:49:02 PM PST

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              •  No it won't (0+ / 0-)

                Many, many people have survived bi polar disorder. Few survive having a bullet pass through their brain.

                •  And many people have not survived. (0+ / 0-)

                  People with Bipolar Disorder have a mortality rate that is roughly double that of the general population.

                  "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

                  by second gen on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:04:38 PM PST

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                  •  no one's saying (0+ / 0-)

                    Bi Polar can't lead to you death. That's a strawman.  It won't kill you as surely as having a bullet pass through your brain will. Gifford's recovery has been accurately described as "miraculous." There's a reason for that, since it's so very rare to survive such a shooting.

                    •  I seriously doubt anyone who commits suicide (0+ / 0-)

                      is any less dead than someone who has died from a gunshot wound. Dead is dead.

                      It's not a strawman. Your contention is that somehow a bullet in the head, or a brain tumor is more acceptable to leave constituents in the dark than a mental illness. I don't agree.

                      "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

                      by second gen on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:35:32 PM PST

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                      •  No (0+ / 0-)

                        You missing the point, deliberately IMHO. You made the claim that BPD will kill you "as surely" as having a bullet pass through your brain. It most certainly won't, in most cases. It can and in that case, you are just as dead. It is just much less likely to happen. You can die from diarrhea under circumstances, but  it's nowhere nearly as deadly as AIDS or a malignant brain tumor.  

                        •  The POINT is, we can't treat one person (0+ / 0-)

                          differently than another just because WE think their illness is more legitimate or not. You think a bullet through the brain is more reason to give Gabby Giffords some slack because she could have died from it? Maybe that's even more reason that she should have immediately resigned. Or when Ted was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Does that make him MORE honorable because he stuck it out till the end?

                          None of that applies. The individual has to make decisions for themselves based on their own situation, and it's not up to us to decide that one isn't as deserving of space and understanding as another.

                          If an employer decided that the person with cancer could take time off, but the person with Bipolar Disorder cannot, because cancer is such a tragedy, and Bipolar Disorder is just a stigmatized illness they don't understand, they would be sued by the EEOC.

                          "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

                          by second gen on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 05:14:42 PM PST

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        •  Jackson is struggling with a disease (2+ / 0-)

          that already evokes a stigma in the minds of many.  Some of his lack of explanation may be due to that also.  It's a damned challenging situation for him.

          He's been a hell of a lot more help for Illinois than Mark Kirk, so I suggest we give him a bit more time.

          I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

          by Satya1 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:17:34 PM PST

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      •  He may be indicted soon. (4+ / 0-)

        He has other issues besides his mental health.

        •  If it's a criminal issue he should resign (0+ / 0-)

          If it's an issue of clinical depression though I would highly encourage him to stay, anyone who has ever suffered from depression knows why - it's a stigma that shouldn't exist in the 21st Century.

          The Book of Revelation is not a foreign policy manual.

          by Dont Just Stand There on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:24:58 PM PST

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