I've blogged quite a bit about healthcare and outlined the Colonel Kurtz like decent into madness opponets of Healthcare reform have succumb to.
I've talked about the bizarre "New World Order/Illuminati" conspiracy plots; comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler and the use of Nazi Symbology, the weird (nonsensical) Obama/Joker posters with "Socialism" inexplicably scrawled underneath his portrait, etc, etc.
Then of course there is the violence and (though not directly connected to healthcare reform) the shooting sprees engaged in by people so unhinged by a (gasp!) black President that the only way they can release their frustration is in a hail of bullets.
All over the news we see town hall debates turn into "Town Hells" as orchestrated by the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others. Oh, how do we know they orchestrated the whole thing? Well, for starters Glenn Beck personally coined the term and specifically said that they wanted to turn these debates into "town hells for the liberal extermists trying to turn America into a socialist concentration camp!" Subtle Glenn! Very subtle!
Then of course, just recently, Sarah Palin felt the need to raise the intellctual discourse to a new level by warning that in the bill that Pres. Obama (you know, that guy born in Kenya who isn't legally our President) wants to establish "bureaucratic death review boards to personally give kill orders to the sick and old!"
Jesus, give me strength.
But far from being laughed out the country the extermist are gathering steam! Every day the mania, the hysteria and the over-the-top histrionics are infecting more and more people. Not since the days of the Salem Witch Trials has an irrational maddness so engulfed the nation!
And over what?
To pass very modest healthcare reforms that would expand coverage and lower costs.
But this "outrage" may not be all it seems. Its recently come to light that the vast majority of these "town hells" are not so much spontaneous outburts of patriotic anger so much as Tv stunts orchestrated by the RNC.
Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) hosted a town hall that featured protestations from Heather Blish who described herself as "just a mom from a few blocks away" who was "not affiliated with any political party." It turned out she was the former vice chair of the Republican Party of Kewaunee County until last year and had also worked for John Gard, a Republican challenger who Kagan defeated last year.
Love that phrase....turns out she was the former vice chair of the Republican party of Kewaunee County until last year.
So basically it looks like the RNC is staging all this "outrage" for the most part and then suckering in (sorry) idiots you don't know any better and convincing them that President Obama is a Nazi socialist commie from Kenya who wants to kill your grandmother all in his grand plot to....well, technically they never explain why President Obama wants to stand your elderly relatives in front of a firing squad. But hey! Tin foil hat conspiracy theories don't need to be logical. They just need to be interesting.
The only trouble is that:
a) All this political theater is preventing any actual reform from occuring
b) The hysteria is sending unbalanced people over the edge and real violence is occuring. People are getting shot. More and more protestors are showing up to Town Hall meetins with guns.
How soon before someone straps a bunch of dynamite to their chest and walks into a Town Hall, shouts "Jesus is Love!" and then blows themselves up because they think it's the only way to "save America" from that evil commie Kenya-born Freemason in the White House?