What a morning!
Yesterday, November 21, about 150 Tea-Bagger types were out in front of the State Capitol protesting the Democratic/Obama health care reform/deform bill. In response to the Tea-Bagger event, about 35 counter-demonstrators showed up from Salem Move-On, Mad as Hell Doctors, Physicians for a National Health Program , and Willamette Reds, calling for real health care reform.
Upon arrival at the event, I saw a Tea-Bagger over on the counter-demonstration side of the street. He was haranguing a couple of the counter-demonstrators. Evidently he was going to lose his health care if the current bills pass. (I'm not clear how he would have lost his health care... He looked too young to have Medicare). He was mad. "I'm going to lose my health care," he kept saying.
Two of the counter demonstrators responded by telling the guy that they had no health care. This didn't phase the guy at all, he kept on about his health care.
This is what Tea-Baggers are about. Somehow millions of others are supposed to suffer, fall on their swords, do with nothing; and all is well as long as the Tea-Baggers have what they want. A very selfish group of people.
My personal "favorite" Tea-Bagger speaker was a woman who claimed to have Canadian roots. Her rap said the Canadian system doesn't work, and besides, Canada can only afford Single Payer because the U.S. empire takes care of all of Canada's national defense. In a way, the woman is right. The scape and maintenance of the American Empire does get in the way of taking care of domestic needs. I do hope the Canadians appreciate the sacrifices the U.S. has made to in defending Canada against... Who again??? Us???
It is worth noting that not one of the counter-demonstrators was out in support of the pending health care legislation. Our side was frustrated too. We were out there for H.R. 676, Single Payer.