Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shep Smith confronts Steele on GOP health care rhetoric: "Armageddon? Seriously?"

Shep Smith is one of the few Fox News journalists who appears to be as shocked as I have been by the apocalyptic language the Republicans have chosen to employ during the healthcare debate.

Here, he questions Steele on the description of the healthcare bill as "Armageddon".

And this is only the latest in a series of extraordinary claims which Republicans have made.

Beck: "This is the end of prosperity in America forever ... the end of America as you know it."

Beck: "[T]he fundamental transformation of America is complete."

Limbaugh: Bill will "hasten" granny's death.

Cramer: "Obamacare will topple the stock market."

Quinn: The government will be able to "commit a violent assault on your body."
The reason that the Tea Party protests are populated by so many loons is precisely because the language employed by the Republicans is insane.

They are making no attempt to have a serious debate about what they find objectionable about this bill. Because it is hard to find an honourable way to say, "Why should I pay for you when you get sick?"

So, they are inventing ever more flamboyant reasons to oppose this thing, rather than to say what it actually is that they find so offensive about it. And their language gets more apocalyptic by the day.

It really is very hard to take them seriously at this point.

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