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Thursday, November 28, 2013

 
Right wing hissy fit for T-Day

by digby

So the right wing is clutching itspearlsover the fact that the president used the term "teabagger". The humanity.

Here's what he wasted his valuable time doing:


But here's the thing.  He was quoting the guy who wrote the letter:
Thomas Ritter, a fifth-grade school teacher from Irving, Texas, has sent the president a note criticizing Obamacare – the controversial law offering health care to the uninsured, which has become the butt of jokes following a disastrous launch last month.

'This bill has caused such a ­divisive, derisive and toxic environment... The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your ­administration is targeted and ridiculed,' the Texas man wrote to the commander-in-chief.

Ritter went on, saying that he had been hesitant to write to the president for fear of 'retribution,' according to the New York Post's Page Six.

'I watched you make fun of tea baggers and your press secretary make fun of Ms. [Sarah] Palin which was especially beneath the dignity of the White House,' the teacher fumed. 'Do the right thing not the political thing. Suggest a bill that Americans can support.'
I'm sure the president should have thought twice about repeating that term, even though they routinely call him Hitler. He should know by now that they are allowed to act like animals because they are right. The rest of us must mind our manners.

But what continues to gall me about this is the fact that, as David Neiwert fully documented, they are the ones who started using the term in the first place:


Here's Fox News doing a story about a Tea Party initiative called "Teabag the fools in Washington." I'm not kidding:


Can you imagine the right ever letting us off the hook if we made that kind of error?

Anyway, today's Thanksgiving and it's not nice to dwell on such things. So, I thought I'd just reprise a famous Michael Bérubé protest song from the Teabagger Wars of 2009:

The night the country died

In the deep of a Sunday night
In the land of the health care bill
When the free republic died
And they talk about it still

When a man named Al-Barack
Took his fascist voting bloc
And he called his gang to war
With the forces of the law

I heard my grandma cry
I heard her pray the night the country died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be

I heard my grandma cry
I heard her pray the night the country died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed

And we took our tea in bags
Through the streets around the Hill
As we screamed at blacks and fags
Chanting, “n****r kill the bill.”

There was Boehner on the floor
And threats of civil war
But by midnight it was done
And the socialists had won

I heard my grandma cry
I heard her pray the night the country died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be

I heard my grandma cry
I heard her pray the night the country died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed

Then there was no sound at all
But a hush upon the Mall
For as the clock struck one
The death panels had begun
And then at the break of day
Obama took grandma away*

The night the country died
The night the country died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed

Oh, ok, here's another one from one of his commenters:

I dreamed they passed the Bill last night,
Those friends of Mao and Ché.
Says I, “You didn’t have no votes.”
“We had enough,” says they.
“We had enough,” says they.
“When Scott Brown won,” says I to them,
Them standing by my bed,
“You folks were looking mighty blue.”
Says they, “We’re turning Red.”
Says they, “We’re turning Red.”
“The talking heads denounced your Bill,
They shot it down,” says I.
“Takes half the votes to kill a Bill,”
Says they, “It didn’t die.”
Says they, “It didn’t die.”
And standing there as big as life
Each face split by a smile,
They says, “What they forgot to kill
Went on to reconcile,
Went on to reconcile.”
“The Bill ain’t dead,” they says to me,
“The Bill ain’t never died.
When working men are sick in bed
The Bill is at their side,
The Bill is at their side.”
“From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill,
Where workers need some health care help,”
Says they, “You’ll find the Bill,”
Says they, “You’ll find the Bill.”
I dreamed they passed the Bill last night,
Those friends of Mao and Ché.
Says I, “You didn’t have no votes.”
“We had enough,” says they.
“We had enough,” says they.

I can't believe they're still on exactly the same page four years later. Oy. This is going to be a long war.

These "teabaggers" sincerely believe that health care reform is the worst thing that ever happened to this country. And that means they're nuts.

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