Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.
I know that every American has the right to assemble and protest peaceably in this country. It is one of the things that makes this country so great. However, these "tea-baggers" are really starting to get pretty annoying. In all their self-righteous hypocrisy they seek to convince America to ignore the harsh truths they themselves have worked so hard to create.
Now their latest planned "protest" in idiocy is really beginning to get under my skin. These folks are so out of touch with reality quite frankly as an American it is embarrassing that the whole world is seeing just how selfish and idiotic some of us are. Just reading this boils my blood:
As the Senate gets into its second week of debate on health care, the protesters plan to turn the chamber’s offices and hallways into "government waiting rooms," pretending to be sick patients waiting for treatment. As the day wears on, their "untreated illnesses" will get worse, and some will "die." Yet, even in death, some corpses only plan to leave by force.
"We must remind them that our steadfast opposition to a government takeover of healthcare is as strong now as it has been all along," Mark Meckler, an organizer, wrote on the Web site Tea Party Tax Day.
Mr. Meckler appeals to his Tea Party kindred to make the Christmastime "sacrifice" to come out and feign sickness and death, noting that "throughout history American Patriots have made far greater sacrifices than this to protect our liberty."
As if this protest is not bad enough, I would venture to guess that just about every protester that shows up to make bigger idiots of themselves than they already have has health insurance. The part that should make everyone's blood boil however is that these wingnut freaks are insulting thousands of people who HAVE REALLY DIED. Why, they did not have insurance:
A freelance cameraman's appendix ruptured and by the time he was admitted to surgery, it was too late. A self-employed mother of two is found dead in bed from undiagnosed heart disease. A 26-year-old aspiring fashion designer collapsed in her bathroom after feeling unusually fatigued for days.
What all three of these people have in common is that they experienced symptoms, but didn't seek care because they were uninsured and they worried about the hospital expense, according to their families. All three died.
Research released this week in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 45,000 deaths per year in the United States are associated with the lack of health insurance. If a person is uninsured, "it means you're at mortal risk," said one of the authors, Dr. David Himmelstein, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The researchers examined government health surveys from more than 9,000 people aged 17 to 64, taken from 1986-1994, and then followed up through 2000. They determined that the uninsured have a 40 percent higher risk of death than those with private health insurance as a result of being unable to obtain necessary medical care. The researchers then extrapolated the results to census data from 2005 and calculated there were 44,789 deaths associated with lack of health insurance.
Unfortunately for these folks and their families, they will not be sacrificing their Christmas to make total and complete idiots of themselves pretending to be sick and playing dead. They really got sick and now they are really dead so they will not be having Christmas anywhere. The only consolation for their families is that they will be able to go and place decorations and flowers on their graves.
And just to think that these greedy, mindless goons have the nerve to go and make a mockery of their deaths and their families sacrifice lets you know that yes indeed, evil does exist in this world. It exists right here in America when it is considered "patriotic" to use the Christmas season to insult the families of thousands of folks who really died by illegitimizing the cause of their deaths just because you are a mindless, greedy idiot. Why do they not just spend Christmas finding their graves to spit on. It would be a much more true and profound statement.