‘Captain Crazy’ and the Fox News Bandits Storm Washington

5 11 2009

Another Well-Educated Protester

It’s a lovely day for a tea party here in Washington, but I must say, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s “Superbowl of Freedom” Tea Party Protest isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Politico reports that in a conference call last night, the GOP Congresswoman urged her fellow “freedom loving Americans” to “scare” the pants off members of Congress by marching into the Congressional office buildings today at high noon, pointing video cameras in Representatives’ faces, “look[ing] into the whites of their eyes” and begging them to vote “No” on healthcare reform.  And here I thought Halloween had come and gone! 

Fox News personalities have been tirelessly and aggressively promoting Bachmann’s nut party (excuse me, tea party), shattering any small illusion of unbiased reporting the network was attempting to maintain.  Newt Gingrich actually pushed Bachmann’s protest on Twitter, and Bachmann appeared on Fox News Tuesday calling healthcare reform “the crown jewel of socialism” and referring to her tea party as the “Superbowl of Freedom”:

What really strikes me as ironic here is the fact that these “freedom-loving Americans” are planning a “Superbowl of Freedom” in order to strike down the public option.  No option=more freedom?  I wish someone would explain the logic there…

There’s one person who will definitely not be attending this tea party (aside from myself), and that’s Bachmann’s former Chief of Staff, Michelle Marston, who spontaneously resigned this week.  Marston refused to comment on the issue, but an anonymous Republican lawmaker told Politico Wednesday, “When your Captain’s crazy, it’s time to find a new ship.”

Indeed, anonymous Republican lawmaker, that might be the one thing you and I can agree on.




10 responses

5 11 2009

This would be hilarious if it weren’t so damn important. I need healthcare. We all do. It’s a right, not a privilege and with the amount of money we already spend on healthcare, the number of those insured is downright embarrassing. We can do it better for less! A public option would increase competition, a concept that conservatives love. What is the problem? The only thing I can put my finger on is less money to insurance companies. Am I missing something? What is the downside here and why is there even a debate? Educate me or at least, insure me.

5 11 2009
Geof Boyle

Shley, I don’t think your missing anything. I’m guessing the powers that be don’t want anything to upset the way money changes hands now. I know that pharmacutical companies don’t make much money in countries with socialized medicine and make huge profits here. I will do the math: more socialized programs here might lead to reduced profits. Probably the same with medical equipment. In Japan, the gov’t sets the price for MRI machines etc, and the companies figure out how to make it for that price (btw, hey seem pretty healthy to me over there, plus their car companies build violin-playing robots, while our car companies accept billions in public bailout funds (except Ford, good job guys)).
I wouldn’t say that good universal health care is a right, b/c it takes wealth to provide it. I would say that it is a privilege that we can definitely afford b/c we are so wealthy. Would we argue that a poor country is denying the rights of its citizens by not providing healthcare?
The popular news media does not support actual debate on issues and it does little to attempt to educate anyone. It only provides a forum for ranting and finger pointing and masturbatory self-affirmation of identity for viewers. It’s not worth watching unless you figure you are an elite and need to know what the mouth-breathing masses are watching, so you can spin it your way. A real news network would be so boring to 90% of the population they would ignore it because a)it wouldn’t be color coded red or blue and b) it would take too much time to learn and ponder before an opinion could be formed.

6 11 2009


I agree with your indictment of contemporary media in general. What a sad joke they’re playing on us.
But I have to say, in my extremist point of view, healthcare is a universal right because I care not for the boundaries of nation-states. Yes it is dependent on wealth but it’s wealth we have. If we changed the way we spent, we could pay for everyone to have primary healthcare.
Let’s start at home, in the wealthiest nation in the world. The WHO predicts that with a minimum investment of 1% of OECD (rich) countries’ GDP (composed of .7% public and .3% private sector donations) we could provide the developing world with primary healthcare (a broad blanket term that encompasses improving education, food security, access to immunization, reductions in maternal and infant mortality, etc.).
In the US in 2008, we spent roughly $680 billion on defense and $700 billion on the bailout, just to put our development assistance into context. We then spent roughly $30 billion on official development assistance, falling $70 billion short of our target of $100 billion (.7% of GDP). As the largest, richest economy, we are incredibly influential in both setting the trend of international aid and providing the bulk of the funding. When Bill Gates asked how much it would cost per person to treat malaria, he was astonished by how little it was and why it wasn’t being tackled already. His initial grant was equivalent to the US’s contribution in 2008. Universal healthcare is a lofty, but entirely feasible goal. Let’s stop thinking of it as unachievable and start the necessary shift in focus to make it happen.

10 11 2009
Geof Boyle

Ouch! I, too, care not for those nation-state boundaries! Nationalism is akin to racism. Not yet sure about the right vs. privilege, although I agree with your priorities. I guess I feel like rights are universal, whereas privilege is determined by context. So you are saying, zoom out, ignore states, remove the privilege by changing the context to include all people, and saying that the generation of excess wealth generates additional rights for people because wealth is the common property of all humanity. Ashley, I think the red on the outside isn’t just for show!

5 11 2009
Geof Boyle

p.s. Last paragraph certainly includes fox news, but i think fox’s problems are endemic to the 24 hour news industry.

5 11 2009

Geof, Fox News is definitely worth watching if you’re in the mood for a laugh or two. It’s a regular dark comedy over there.

5 11 2009

my dad put it well the other night: “in our tax braket, we pay for the poor to have medicaid, the congress to have healthcare, the native americans and native alaskans to have healthcare, everyone who was ever in the military to have healthcare, people in prison to have healthcare, contractors in the middle east to have healthcare, iraqis to get healthcare in clinics, every fucking person is getting healthcare from our taxes, and we are paying $16,000 a year in premiums to have an 80/20 split and they dont even cover anything to do with my kidneys because I had a kidney infection when I was 22 years old and it is now a preexisting condition.”
this is quite possibly the most f-ed up situation ever and this crazy-eyed bitch is yabbering about freedom and shit? please shut the F up. I am getting so insanely sick of these lies and distortions, particularly coming from the mouth of this satan demon face who has healthcare coutesy of all of us. bitch, please.

10 11 2009
Geof Boyle

can you make a twitter account for you dad, please? sounds like he could give http://twitter.com/Shitmydadsays a run for his money

5 11 2009

these people make the circumcision protesters look sane.

i was down there today workin’ the pedicab to take their money. As a whole they’re awfully heavy people. stupid, but heavy. just from taking to them on the pedicab, their lack of knowledge on how the government actually works is quite horrifying.

as for fox news, the 9/12 teabagger protests were covered heavier than the inauguration but several weeks later the march for gay equality was barley mentioned if at all. to continue calling it fox “NEWS” is a joke.

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