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The “Death Panel” Right

In an interview on National Public Radio this afternoon, conservative New York Times correspondent David Brooks responding to a story about parents keeping their kids home from school rather than allowing them to listen to a speech by Barack Obama next Tuesday, said:

I hope we can make a distinction between the “death panel” right and the “sensible” right. The death panel right are upset about things that are totally unrealistic and insane.

To that would add the “FEMA Camp” right, the “forced vaccination” right and the “birthers”.

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28 Responses to The “Death Panel” Right

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    richCares September 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    So what happens to those kids forced to stay home by their parents when they return on the following day and talk to the kids that heard the speech. Do you think they may understand their parents wishes on this or wonder WTF. How many of them will continue down the path of hate their parents have, very few I would guess. This may not be a good thing to do.

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    Mary Brown September 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    I assume President Obama is going to give a wonderful speach, that is inspriational tochildren without being political. They need to be careful because the erosion of respect for the office will carry through to the next holder of it. Again I say the office. I notice many folks of that persuasion like to talk about respect for the office when someone they agree with is there. But then, values are not really values unless you practice them when it is difficult – particularly when you dislike someone and his policies. So I would ask these “values” people to practice the value of respect for the office.

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    aarrgghh September 4, 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    the right seems to be getting a little uncomfortable now that they realize they’re attached at the hip to the frankenstein they’ve created. on the one hand, they’re not sure how to kill the beast without killing themselves, on the other, they’re not sure they want to …

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    Lupin September 5, 2009 at 3:11 am #

    The vocal right currently drowning out the political discourse in America is anything but conservative. They’re lunatics. I’ve seen more coherent people handing out greasy pamphlets outside subway stations.

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    richCares September 5, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    The 12 yr old kid told my 10 yr old grandson that his father will make him stay home on Tuesday (Obama’s Speech), when asked why he replied “my fathers an a__hole”. I never heard a kid say something like that before. Isn’t a__hole a synonym for lunatic?

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    Catbit September 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    My daughters school decided, after receiving a few complaints, to give in to the minority and censor the speech for all children. The note basically said ‘if you want your child to watch it, do it on your own time’. Schools are supposed to be non-political, but by refusing THIS president’s outreach, while not refusing the 1991 speech by G.H. Bush, they have done just that – politicized the issue.

    I am often reminded of an old Bing Crosby song when I deal with these people…. something about a mule and a star…. hmmm…

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    misha September 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    Yeah, but Bush Sr. is a True Christian™ – not that negro Muslim.

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    jtx September 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    richCares:

    Your presumption that the parents are on some sort of “hate path”. More likely they recognize communistic brainwashind and child indoctrination when they hear of it.

    The kids will probably cope just fine with no illefects as they always do (unless they’re prepping for some ultra-liberal “institution of ‘higher’ learning”). Then they might very do the hand wringing and navel-gazing you seem to think is the lot of all who do not worship the Oborter and his antics. Though again, they might be motivated to go to some decent school by having such a wake-up call.

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    jtx September 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Catbit:

    Boy, do you have it bassackwards. And Bush wasn’t on TV beameed directly into each classroom with the teachers (and schools) provided with interpretation guides and lesson plans.

    Non-political chit-chat by Obama … surely you’re not that dumb (… are you?).

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    jtx September 5, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    misha:

    And there was never any question about Bush not being legally eligible as there clearly is with the current Resident.

  11. avatar
    kimba September 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    Troll Alert. Don’t feed it folks.

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    richCares September 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    gotcha!

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    AXJ September 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    Mary Brown: I assume President Obama is going to give a wonderful speach, that is inspriational tochildren without being political. They need to be careful because the erosion of respect for the office will carry through to the next holder of it. Again I say the office. I notice many folks of that persuasion like to talk about respect for the office when someone they agree with is there. But then, values are not really values unless you practice them when it is difficult – particularly when you dislike someone and his policies. So I would ask these “values” people to practice the value of respect for the office.

    Wrong. If the President talks to children it is by its very nature political. My children listen to me, not to some jerk in the white House. When they are 18 they can listen to the BS from whoever they want.

    You obviously don’t have kids.

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    Mary Brown September 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    This speech by the President will now get more attention than it ever would have and in the end make the right wingnuts who protested it look ridiculous. I think in the end it may be more memorable to the children than it would have been, especially since they-especially the older ones- will be able to see the idiocy of the people who protested it.

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    misha September 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    Meow.

  16. avatar
    misha September 5, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    “You obviously don’t have kids.”

    I have a son.

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    jtx September 5, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    richCares:

    No – it’s actually a synonym for Flying Monkey which means someone who is susceptible to brainwashing and indoctrination.

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    jtx September 5, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    Mary Brown:

    You grossly underestimate the kids.

    Many of them have highly-developed BS filters and know that politicians are incessant liars.

    Just because you’ve been fooled does not means the kids will slop up the drivel he spews – especially when he tries the old Nazi “pledge to the Fuhrer” ploy.

    There will still be some kids who will be taken in by all the nonsense and peer/teacher pressure … and that’s called indoctrination plain and simple.

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    jtx September 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    misha:

    Send him to the indoctrination class on the 8th and then you can say you HAD a son.

    He’ll fit right in to the Obama Youth – or perhaps you missed that video (just like the Hitler Youth).

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    Mary Brown September 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    I guess, jtx, I would be a communist by your definition-anyone who disagrees with your conservative philosophy. We are talking about respect for an office and practicing values. Oh, by the way what is the dialectic?

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    Mary Brown September 5, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Jtx, I work with them everyday. Good for the President. I know I will see and hear more of his address than I would have, and so will the rest of the nation including children. And trust me, they and most of us will see a call to hard work and study. That may raise a question, “Who are the idiots who made it sound like the President was holding a political rally.” I look forward to it.

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    Mary Brown September 5, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    I believe I was talking about respect for the office. When I was growing up we always had a picture of the President in our home. I remember the election in 1952-I was seven- and my dad did not like or admire Adlai Stevenson. I remember his language about Mr. Stevenson was not polite. I asked him what would happen if that man became President-we voted at school-and he said that the President’s picture would be on our wall, whoever it was. Now there, sir, is an example of a person who practiced values. Talking about respect for the office is one thing, living it is another.

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    richCares September 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Msry,
    Please join us in never responding to the troll, drive him crazy, don’t respond, SHHHHHHHHHHH!

  24. avatar
    Mary Brown September 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    I am joining. I just had to get it out of my system. Thanks.

  25. avatar
    Gordon September 5, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    “I don’t research anything for my show”.

    Glenn Beck on The View

    “If you take what I say as the Gospel you’re an idiot”.

    Glenn Beck

    Glenn Beck not only loathes his audience, he openly mocks them for regurgitating his bullchit.

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    Dr. Conspiracy September 6, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Mary Brown: This speech by the President will now get more attention than it ever would have …

    I assume the speech will be all over the net by Tuesday night. I wonder if the President will comment on the court hearing in California that day (just joking).

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    Mary Brown September 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    I think not and hope not. In a perverse way, I would love to see this “birth certificate” given up for examination by experts in document forgery. But I realize that would only give its author and user some credibility. It is also interesting to me that this document is the best they have been able to come up with after all this time.

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    Mike September 8, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    So you epitomise a flying monkey, then?