The House of Representatives has passed a health care reform bill.
Over the weekend, it looked as if that wasn’t going to happen…phones were worked, arms were twisted and the promise of an Executive Order banning federal funding of abortion health care services was made.
In the middle of negotiations, a series of rancid events happened.
Protesters and Tea Bag Party people were gathered throughout D.C., where they got their protest on.
Some of those protesters hurled racial slurs and spit on Representative Emanuel Cleaver.
Representative John Lewis, a hero of the Civil Rights Movement, was called the n-word and assorted other slurs.
Representative Barney Frank, an out gay man, was called the f-word (to borrow from an anchor at CNN, it rhymes with “maggot”) and assorted other slurs.
And, as the House came together to debate, speechify and vote, Representative Bart Stupak was called a “baby killer”. (a bitch’s first note – Stupak’s group had opposed the health care reform bill until President Obama promised to sign that Executive Order banning federal funding of abortion health care services…and he’s the very definition of anti-choice…so, that shout down on the House floor was particularly bizarre)
Before this bitch turns my attention to the Senate…and we mustn’t forget that the Senate is the next battlefield for this shit (a bitch’s second note – Tea Bag Party people will have to dig deep into their slur storage when protesting the Senate, ‘cause that ain’t exactly a sea of diversity)…I’d like to quickly address the rancidity prior to the vote in the House.
A bitch is not surprised that shit got nasty as the health care reform bill came up for a vote nor am I surprised that assholes hurled those slurs.
I’m not shocked.
This behavior is product of the tolerance movement in America and regular readers know that a bitch isn’t a fan of the school of tolerance.
Tolerance is a shitty contract between the privileged and the oppressed.
The privileged agree to “tolerate” otherness and difference as long as the other doesn’t make demands upon them...like fighting for rights or equal treatment under law.
The other agrees to not challenge privilege in exchange for a false sense of security.
The health care reform debate and vote broke that contract…and beneath all that tolerance is a whole lot of ig’nance and hate, a kind of infection that hasn’t been treated because too many people have learned to tolerate the stench and pain.
The lines are clear here…just look at the swiftness with which the herd turned on their own and re-defined the oh so anti-choice Rep. Stupak.
Folks shouldn’t be shocked.
Shit, the only thing that’s even remotely surprising is that anyone would be shocked.
***logs off to analyze what the House passed and how the Senate is likely to respond***