Thursday, October 1, 2009

Health Care: American Holocaust?

Just a few weeks ago Capitol Hill was abuzz with the censure of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) for his outburst of "You Lie" during President Obama's address to the joint session of Congress. Rep. Wilson apologized to the president but that was not good enough for House Speaker Pelosi or the rest of the Democrats on Capitol Hill. During the month of August a lot was made of the uproars that took place at various town hall meetings. Both cases were bastardized by the media and looked upon as right-wing hate rhetoric of the president and not helpful in pushing the health care reform debate forward. Enter Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL).

Rep. Grayson stood on the floor of the House of Representatives for two minutes and twenty-seven seconds debating health care reform. While giving his two cents on the health care reform topic, Rep. Grayson explained the Republican health care plan. In a serious of placards, Rep. Grayson claimed Republicans plan is, on placards, "1. Don't get sick, 2. If you get sick…, 3. Die Quickly." Rep. Grayson claims that Republicans feel that "If you get sick in America, this is what the Republicans want to you to do; if you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die Quickly. That's right; the Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."

Now how does what Rep. Grayson said on the House floor any different than Rep. Wilson's outburst? None. Neither commentary moves the debate forward. The sad thing is that Democrats do not need 1 Republican vote to achieve overhaul of the health care system. Republican leadership has asked for Rep. Grayson to apologize and threatened to introduce a resolution to censure Rep. Grayson. Now, Rep. Grayson had an opportunity to apologize for his rhetoric and worthless commentary on the health care reform debate. Instead of apologizing for his lack of civility on the House floor, Rep. Grayson retorted with, "I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America."

WHAT!!!! Health care reform or lack thereof, is representative of the holocaust that took place during World War II? After bashing the Tea Party goers and those that showed up at town hall meetings for comparisons made between Hitler and Obama, the Democrat leadership is going to remain silent on Rep. Grayson's comparison of health care and the holocaust. Leadership has evaporated at our nation's Capitol. I thought it was evident by the two people put forth by the major parties during the Presidential election but now I am convinced that leaders in Washington fear not the general public. For their sake I hope they go back and read books on the downfall of Rome before the mob revolts. Then again with mainstream media firmly in the back pocket of the Democrats, nothing may come of it.