It’s time to pass the fucking bill. The 9/11 Healthcare Bill, that is. It passed the House, but in the fuckery that is the Senate, it got shot down by the Republicans. They had more important issues, you see.
Tax hikes on the wealthy? MUST BE STOPPED. It will be the end of the world as we know it, and the producers will go Galt and withhold their productivity from us plebians! Republicans decided this was the hill they were going to die on–making sure the rich got richer, and fuck the poor. Now, this isn’t much of a surprise to anyone who follows politics. The Republicans (and, to be fair, some Democrats) are bought and paid for by Big Ag, Big Pharma, Big Business, and Big Dicks. I know this, you know this, most people who don’t follow politics fucking know this. So, I know they are going to fight for the rights of the wealthy to be even wealthier. I hate it, but I acknowledge it’s true.
However, these same Republicans are the ones who always wrap themselves in the fucking flag and bray about what we have to do because things changed on 9/11. Remember the not-a-mosque at not-Ground Zero controversy? What did we hear from the far-right? It would be a travesty to those who lost their lives and those who were heroes on 9/11. Cornyn on why the not-a-mosque shouldn’t be build not-at-Ground Zero:
I do think it’s unwise to build a mosque in the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives as the result of a terrorist attack.
Palin’s dumbass ghost tweet:
Will Obama express US lingering pain& ask Muslims for tolerance by discouraging 9/11 mosque while he celebrates Islamic holy month tonight?
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, wrong on so many levels:
Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor. There’s no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center.
The Republicans use 9/11 as a magic phrase to push whatever damn bill they want passed or to block whatever they don’t want passed as well as to make a stink whenever they feel like it. Kit Bond, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee (at least in February of this year) made an ass of himself over the questioning of an alleged terrorist suspect and accused Obama that “this administration is going back to those pre 9/11 policies which won’t keep us safe.”
At the 2008 Republican National Convention (embarrassingly, right here in Minnesota), the Republicans rolled out a video pimping 9/11 in a weird fear-inducing, ohmigodthemuslims!, faux-bravado kind of way. They used it to pimp John McCain’s presidency (in saying he would be fit for president). It’s sick and twisted, and I have included a YouTube vid that shows Keith Olbermann’s reaction to it.
The Republicans have coopted 9/11. They have claimed it and said they are the only ones who can keep us safe from it ever happening again. Hell, they even started a war with the wrong fucking country over it. That’s ownership, indeed.
Well, fuck them. Fuck them with a very rusty pitchfork. These same self-proclaimed patriots and lovers of 9/11 successfully filibustered a healthcare bill for the 9/11 responders, and no one in the main media gave a fuck. None of the three major networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) peeped at all about this. You know where I heard about this? That’s right. The Daily Show. I saw this clip of Jon decrying the punkass bullshit of the GOP and letting them know they cannot exploit 9/11 for their political profit any longer. Then, I watched this absolutely heartbreaking video of Jon talking with four first responders after the bill was defeated. He did one more clip railing on the GOP for putting the interests of the wealthy over the health of the 9/11 first responders. Then, Shep Smith, of all people gets on his high horse about this issue. I shouldn’t say of all people because he’s the one sane voice over at FOX News. I don’t know how he keeps sane while working there. He doesn’t mention who is at fault (the Republicans), but his rant is righteous, nonetheless. Though, Chris Wallace is a tool. It has to be said, and I said it.
The GOP came up with lame-ass excuses why they blocked the bill. My personal favorite is that they didn’t have enough time to ponder the bill. But, they had plenty of time to cut the damn taxes for the wealthy (Thune’s first priority).
Apparently, though, all this outcry pushed by Jon Stewart and Shep Smith is making a difference. The media has picked up the story, and there is hope that it will come to vote after all.
It should not have come to this. This bill, as Jon said, is a no-brainer. I have little doubt that if polled, ninety-three* percent of people would want to fund healthcare for 9/11 first responders. This is one of the stupidest filibusters ever. The GOP have nothing to gain by this–or they wouldn’t if the fucking media actually did their fucking job. And, now that there is pushback for their shittery, maybe the GOP will be shamed into doing the right thing. They probably will bitch and moan and squeal as they do it because that’s who they are. Frankly, I don’t care why they do it or how they do it as long as they pass the damn bill!
ETA: As Jon said, the first responders did so much for us in a time of darkness without any thought for themselves. It’s time we repay the favor.
UPDATE: Senator Colburn, vying for biggest asshole in the Senate (and he has some stiff competition) has stated that he is prepared to kill this bill and kill it dead. Then he adds some lies to his statement, and my head exploded. Media Matters calls on Shep Smith(!) to ratchet up the noise. I have a hunch Jon Stewart will have a thing or a hundred to say about this as well.
UPDATE 2.0: I forgot that Jon Stewart is on vaca now, so no more shows this year. Damn.
UPDATE 3.0: Good on you, Shep Smith, for calling out Tom Colburn, the asshat who vows to block the 9/11 first responders healthcare bill.