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Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in At TMV, Health, Politics, Society | 12 comments

Quote of the Day

“[Let’s] remember we should care about people even after they’re born. …” Alan Grayson, speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives about the recent Harvard study showing that 44,000 Americans die every year because they lack health insurance.

At the end of his speech, Grayson compared these 44,000 deaths a year to the Holocaust, which is just as untrue and just as repulsive when a Democrat says it as it is when a Republican says it.

However, the line I quoted is right on. And it needs to be said way more often than it is — especially in the context of continuing Republican attempts to exclude abortion from covered health care services. Given the fact that the GOP does not believe it’s even necessary to safeguard the health and lives of Americans who are outside of the womb, it’s especially revealing that they do find it necessary to insert language protecting fertilized eggs, zygotes, embryos, and fetuses.

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  • Father_Time

    Congressman Grayson explained himself perfectly on CNN last night….with one exception…he called Republicans “Knuckle Dragging Neanderthals”….which is unfortunate because up until that point he destroyed the other’s comments. However I can understand his passion and his point is absolutely correct. Furthermore it is unthinkable that anyone, much less the entire Republican party and a gaggle of blue-nosed Democrats would take a stand defending their checkbooks rather than those millions of American people suffering under health insurance oppression. This bizarre behavior in congress over the issue belies America’s greatest weakness and greatest domestic threat…..greed! Unfortunately Wolf Blitzer chose to focus on the Neanderthal comment rather than the obvious.

    It’s like Paul Revere using the F-bomb when he cries out “the British are Coming!” and we focus on the F-bomb and completely ignore the British.

    Congressman Grayson is a Hero, not a distraction.

  • Leonidas

    Grayson Joe Wilson’d himself.

  • Don Quijote

    he called Republicans “Knuckle Dragging Neanderthals”

    Really, was it really necessary to insult poor defenseless Neanderthals…

  • Leonidas

    LOL the far-left loves to drink venom as much as the far-right it seems.

    GOP Congressmen should cede their time on the floor to Grayson.

  • Father_Time

    The difference between Joe Wilson and Allan Grayson is that Wilson disparaged a person and Grayson Disparaged a political party…..which the Republicans do daily. There is no commonality between Grayson’s legitimate debating points and Wilson’s outburst of hate.

    Congressman Grayson’s debating points are extremely accurate backed by sources of the highest credibility. Though they at first sight seem bombastic, his points are factual. Wilson don’t even have a point to make beyond screaming hate rhetoric common within his party. Where is Wilson’s presentation on the issue?

  • “Given the fact that the GOP does not believe it’s even necessary to safeguard the health and lives of Americans who are outside of the womb, it’s especially revealing that they do find it necessary to insert language protecting fertilized eggs, zygotes, embryos, and fetuses.”

    Yes ma’am, this is it, precisely.

  • In case anyone needs examples of statements worse than Grayson made, it’s here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfwza0jo1yw&feature=related

    I’m not saying this kind of rhetoric is appropriate, as Rachel Maddow says, what Grayson said is “a hyperbolic, over the top charge.” But “to make an inflammatory floor speech… is not a breach of decorum in today’s House of Representatives.. it’s an average Tuesday.” Watch the clip.

    As for the “holocaust” comment, I guess we can no longer use the usual English language meaning of that word any more? There is no such English word as “holocaust” outside the one genocidal Nazi “Holocaust”? Grayson has admitted it “may not have been the best choice of words”.

    • kathykattenburg

      As for the “holocaust” comment, I guess we can no longer use the usual English language meaning of that word any more? There is no such English word as “holocaust” outside the one genocidal Nazi “Holocaust”? That is a very interesting comment. Really. It’s one of those observations that makes you think, and the more you think, the more layers you find.You can take those two sentences on a more or less literal level (which may or not be the way you meant them to be taken), to mean that there is no word with the meaning of “holocaust” that isn’t that word, because that word is associated with the Holocaust, capital H.A slightly different way of thinking about it is that there is, objectively, the world “holocaust,” lower case h, that means “overwhelmingly catastrophic event” or words to that effect. That word still exists. But that word can no longer be used to convey the generic, generalized meaning it once had. Because when we use that word now — even if we don’t intend it to refer to the organized murder of six million Jews; even if we are trying to use it in a larger sense — we can’t. Because people don’t process that word the same way post-World War II. When you say “holocaust” it means “Holocaust” because that’s the way most people understand that word, whether the first letter is capped or not. It’s like the murder of six million Jews, as a discrete historical event, has been stamped into the word, leaving an indelible impression.I can’t think of another word like that, for which the very meaning has altered because of one historic event.

      • You did indeed get my meaning right. RIP lower case holocaust. In American English, the word can no longer be used at all. So we need to use synonyms. Guess we’ll have to use “disaster,” ironically an astrological reference that literally means “ill starred”. Or “catastrophe” which means “an unexpected turn of events” (its etymology anyway. common usage outside of theater generally means “an unexpected disaster”)

  • Leonidas

    it’s an average Tuesday.

    And that is a sad commentary on our elected leaders from both parties, although justified.

  • ” Guess we’ll have to use “disaster,” ”
    Maybe “decimation”?

  • kathykattenburg

    There is also the word “Shoah” for the Holocaust, but it’s pretty much only used by Jews who are familiar and comfortable enough with Hebrew to use Hebrew words in everyday conversation. I know the word, but I feel weird using Hebrew words in everyday conversation because I don’t speak Hebrew in general, I just know that word.

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