Yesterday Rush Limbaugh said that Democrats should be denied health care. No, no, wrong radio personality! If Rush had said anything that stupid, rest assured that you wouldn’t have had to wait to read about it on this blog to learn of it. The networks would have been shouting the news and condemnatory editorials would have been thundering from newspapers coast to coast. Instead it was just Garrison Keillor, National Public Radio’s Mark Twain wannabe, who decided that there are just too darn many Republicans and by gosh something should be done about it. (As they would doubtless phrase a call for gopcide in Lake Wobegon.) Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Keillor has this charming sentiment:
When an entire major party has excused itself from meaningful debate and a thoughtful U.S. senator like Orrin Hatch no longer finds it important to make sense and an up-and-comer like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty attacks the president for giving a speech telling schoolchildren to work hard in school and get good grades, one starts to wonder if the country wouldn’t be better off without them and if Republicans should be cut out of the health-care system entirely and simply provided with aspirin and hand sanitizer. Thirty-two percent of the population identifies with the GOP, and if we cut off health care to them, we could probably pay off the deficit in short order.
Denying health care on the basis of political ideology. Nice guy. Of course Keillor was merely joking. He has a long history of hating Republicans, but I am sure he merely jokes, and perhaps fantasizes, about the deaths of those who have the temerity of disagreeing with him politically and in reality he would never harm a fly. At least a Democrat fly.
Oh, and Mr. Keillor thinks that the Catholic Church should stop fighting abortion too. I was going to fisk Mr. Keillor’s article, but why do so when my friend, the ever resourceful Jay Anderson, at Pro Ecclesia in a superb post here has already done the heavy lifting?
“Thirty-six years of bitterness over Roe vs. Wade and what has it gotten us? If the decision were overturned tomorrow, not much would change. The question would revert to the states, and some would permit the termination of pregnancy, others wouldn’t. [ED.:Uhhhh, they obviously don’t teach logic at Journalism school, because the “others wouldn’t” part of that statement seems like a rather significant change to me.] Meanwhile, the effect of the battle has been quite other than what the Catholic Church could have wanted, the poisoning of the body politic. [ED.: And whose fault is that? It’s because of the Supreme Court that the political stakes have become so huge. Had they stayed out of it in 1973, the so-called “poisoning of the body politic” would likely not have been so significant. Besides, it appears that the logically challenged Lake Woebegone Boy’s point is that the Catholic Church could live with legalized abortion on demand just so long as we were all a little “nicer” to one another. And, of course, “being nice” entails pro-lifers rolling over and shutting the **** up. Oh, and supporting government-run health care.]”
The Lying Worthless Political Hack, a/k/a Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, has not yet commented on Mr. Keillor’s column although I am sure she will since, as noted here, she has expressed concern about the language used in the health care debate, although her tolerance for harsh language seems to grow if the person using it is a Democrat
Nancy Pelosi sees no reason at all for Rep. Alan Grayson (D.FL.) to have to apologize for accusing Republicans on the floor of the House of wanting Americans to die. I guess she can only take this civility thing so far. For the edification of the crazed Mr. Grayson here is an outline of one of several health care reform proposals supported by Republicans in Congress.