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The Teabaggers’ Bill of Rights

I recently received this classy missive from my local Alabama tea party group. It’s attributed to Georgia State Representative Mitchell Kaye – but that’s incorrect, per Snopes, as a quick google pointed out. Snopes.com says it’s from Lewis Napper, who ran for Senate in Mississippi in 2000 as a Libertarian.

Highlights: you don’t have a right to health care, housing, food, and any suggestion that the United States was not founded to be a Judeo-Christian nation is attack on our heritage. Not that it’s surprising, but it’s fabulous to have it all spelled out right here: tea party organizers, attendees, and supporters don’t care about anyone’s well-being but their own. And as evidenced above, it’s more proof that their political ideology has been unchanging and unflaggingly exclusive for decades.

The following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Kaye from GA. This guy should run for President one day…

“We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights.”

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

So shut up with your whining about comparing President Obama to Nazis!

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes .

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

I’ve frequently heard others comment on the “state” of their local public housing subdivisions as proof that some people just don’t “deserve” any form of federal assistance – including the opportunity to choose a public option.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful. (AMEN!)

I don’t even know if this makes any sense. You don’t have the right to a job, and if you don’t have job, apparently it’s just because you haven’t tried hard enough to get one. Really? What? Are they trying to comment on unemployment benefits? I can’t tell.

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

Like those idiotic laws you keep trying to pass preventing me from even PURSUING happiness by getting married or even just trying to find jobs in workplaces where I’m protected from discrimination based on my gender or sexual orientation.

ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don’t care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from! (Lastly….)

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country’s history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!

Yeah. Enjoy.

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Netroots Nation 2009 (at Mediaite!)

I’m still recovering from a tiring couple of weeks (what can I say, I don’t get out much) but I did want to share this piece I wrote for Mediaite on this year’s Netroots Nation conference.

I’m pretty stoked to have had the chance to do it, though I think I was a bit of a Debbie Downer. Then again, I’m always a bit of a Debbie Downer, so what can you do?

At Netroots Nation, though, there is a necessary urgency to the proceedings – with the public option in the balance and a number of other liberal issues, including employee free choice and gay rights, appearing to fall by the wayside in the health care debate, the panelists, bloggers, and activists in attendance are seeing their greater notoriety bring them to the frontline of another kind of political fight: defending the agenda they fought to elect officials to enact.

DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas argued being the numerical advantage the Democratic party holds doesn’t change progressive activists’ status as something of an underdog in policy debates. When asked if the mood at Netroots Nation had shifted away from earlier optimism, Moulitsas said, “Optimism? We’ve always been down and out. From day one, our movement has been built on the notion that we’re outside the gates, and that we have to force our way in.”

Barring any last minute emergencies, I’m planning on attending tomorrow’s PACT board meeting in Montgomery – as are many others, to the apparent chagrin of Kay Ivey. I’ll have updates from there, and I’ll have a few more posts on Netroots Nation once I’ve been able to unwind.

In the meantime, here are a few great posts on the conference for the curious:
Left in Alabama: Mooncat brings us a two great write-ups of President Bill Clinton’s opening keynote speech, as well as a post on Darcy Burner’s inspiring closing keynote.
Progressive Electorate: Some lovely photos from Pittsburgh and a thought-provoking post on diversity at the Netroots Nation conference.

Tons of other good posts at DailyKos, Crooks and Liars, and elsewhere — I’ll do my best to have a more comprehensive round-up posted this evening!

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Since You Been Gone

Alright, I’m a sucker for Kelly Clarkson. I have been impossibly absent lately, and for that I apologize: in my defense, I am trying to find a job and help my mom out prepping for her upcoming year, get ready for school, and I also attended the Young Democrats of America convention in Chicago, which hopefully I’ll be able to blog about in a day or two. But it might be hard, because on Wednesday I uh, leave for the Netroots Nation convention in Pittsburgh.

Yeah, I’m going. Thanks to Democracy for America, whose scholarship program will pay for my registration and lodging, and to everyone who voted on my Democracy for America application, who helped me feel like I wasn’t going at the effort alone. I am proud and impossibly grateful to have the opportunity, and I look forward to bringing back all the details of the best four days of liberal and progressive conferencing this side of, um, anywhere.

THANK YOU!

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Intellectual Laziness: Being An Ass In Your House Isn’t An Arresting Offense

Goal for tomorrow: writing up my experiences at last weekend’s Democracy for America training. Goal for tonight: get through this magic bullet commercial without trying to buy it. I do love me some infomercial-marketed food processors.

Here’s some stuff you should check out.

DAILYKOS: Michael Steele seems to be forgetting which side was doing the meddling in the Terri Schiavo case. By his argument, Republicans are big-government meddling socialists. WE WIN!
CROOKS AND LIARS: Facts are for losers! An excellent post on the bait-and-switch going on in the media regarding the Henry Louis Gates case.
HUFFINGTON POST: Brad from BradBlog.com brings us some updates in the case of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman.
DAILYKOS: CNN is totally cool with Lou Dobbs spouting CNN-debunked birther theories on his show because, as is the case with any network, they have minimal desire to hold their talent accountable or require them to be based in like, reality. In this vein, the Southern Poverty Law Center (more like the Southern Center for Awesome Work Against Crazy Hate Groups, am I right) is demanding CNN take Lou Dobbs off the air.
SHAKESVILLE: Electronic Arts is sponsoring a contest for gamer guys encouraging creepy predatory behavior in order to win a dinner with two women – “sin to win!” Um, skeev-o.
CROOKS AND LIARS: Ohio lawmaker wants to make a man’s permission a requirement for women seeking abortions. As C&L points out, he doesn’t seem concerned about whether the dad is involved with the child’s life if he refuses to give permission for the procedure. Everybody knows protecting children isn’t as fun once they’re out of the womb!

Last but not least, check out the worst 40 panels comic book artist Rob Liefield has ever drawn and fun trading cards featuring celebrity fans of quack science. Plus I just want to know why HuffPo posts blogs from guys like this. I know everyone’s keen on equal time and all, but I feel like that shouldn’t apply to people who don’t really know what they’re talking about. I include crazy antivaxxer David Kirby in that group.

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Intellectual Laziness: Great News

The National Republican Congressional Committee released an updated version of their Patriot list – a list whose function is identical to the DCCC’s Frontline list of vulnerable incumbents. They’ve nearly doubled their membership, adding fifteen names for a total of twenty-five. Now here’s the great news: among the vulnerable? Alabama’s Mike Rogers (AL-03) and Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann (CRAZYTOWN-AL).

What’s it mean? Well, as this excellent DailyKos diarist points out, some of the incumbents listed aren’t in any real danger – the NRCC is likely upping their numbers to get in a few easy wins in 2010. But both Rogers and Bachmann struggled to return to their seats in the last election, and Rogers is especially vulnerable. Progressive Democrat Josh Segall is looking for a rematch – and since he came within points of ousting Rogers in 2008 with little name recognition, fewer funds, and a too-brief campaign, the Republicans are going to need to dump a ton of money into this race to keep it in GOP hands. A number of Democrats (well, DFLers in Minnesota) will likely be gunning for Bachmann’s seat, and since she’s really ramped up the crazy in recent months, it’ll be a hard sell for her as well.

All in all, it’s good news.

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If You Lose 100 Million Customers, Something’s Wrong With Your Business.

I'm not sure Saul Anuzis actually read what this Newsmax thing says.

Do people usually read the things they retweet?

Saul Anuzis, one of four other people probably wondering how Michael Steele beat them out for the Republican National Committee chairmanship, tossed that up on twitter earlier this evening in response to the President’s health care oriented presser. The actual title of the Newsmax article is: “Experts: Obama’s ‘Public Option’ Insurance Will Abandon 100 Million Citizens.

But let me bring your attention to some of the text of the piece.

“Under our proposals,” Obama told the American people during his July 18 weekly radio address, “if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.”

Not so, according to a report released Monday by the Lewin Group, a nonpartisan Falls Church, Va., firm that provides consulting services to the healthcare industry. The D.C.-based Heritage Foundation sponsored the study.

The study concludes that, although the government won’t actually order people to leave their private insurance plans, it will induce their employers to do so. The taxpayer subsidies in the public option will tilt the economic scales so much that employers and individuals will abandon the private insurance market by the millions, the Lewin Group study indicates.

So the public plan isn’t abandoning one hundred million people: it’s insuring them. It’s not forcing them out of their coverage: it’s enticing them into another kind of coverage. And nobody’s losing their coverage! The terror here is that the private health care industry will suffer, but honestly, if that many people and that many companies are going to flock to the public plan, the problem is the plans they have presently suck. If government-run health care is as terrifying and horrible as the rightwing claims it is, won’t people just go flocking back to private insurers? Why are people so afraid of competing with a system they find so absolutely abhorrent?

I don’t know if Saul Anuzis or Senator Chuck Grassley or anyone else who parrots this demonstrably ridiculous and biased talking point has actually read any of the claptrap they’re trying to reference, but if they claim they have, they’re either fibbing about reading it or just being willfully disingenuous in their presentation of the information. I hate to break it to them but much like elections, terrible business practices have consequences: people are going to find a new place of business to buy their services from.

Sorry if that pill’s a little hard to swallow.

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