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Friday, May 13, 2011


There were three things that launched this website and the top one was the despicable demagoguery done by vast segments of the Republican Party on the issue of health care. The rhetoric of raw fear flowing from baseless innuendo played a far bigger role than many on the Right care to acknowledge and the failure to repudiate what was in so many cases ideology unhinged from history and reality continues to stain the body politic. A clear and dare I say haunting reminder of this way of thinking was on clear display this week. In a performance getting the kind of widespread coverage it deserves Rand Paul shows the true face of libertarian hysteria over health care reform. It must be seen to be believed, but here are two quotes to give a flavor for his effort at a Senate subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

"With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies. It's not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery."

"If I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to healthcare, you have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free healthcare would be."

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