The CNN debate last night was wretched. It was everything that is wrong with this country — including feckless media and pundunces who should be ashamed for mainstreaming Teabilly bullshit — crammed into a studio so laden with patriotic lights, flags, and other Americana that even the creators of South Park and Team America were likely shocked and awed.
Then came the “cheering for Rick Perry’s high execution rate” moment: The Tea Party audience cheered — actually cheered at the notion of letting an uninsured man die if he didn’t decide for himself to buy Liberty Health Insurance from Liberty Health Associates, using his Liberty cell phone:
Blitzer: Let me ask you this hypothetical question. A healthy, 30-year-old man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, “You know what, I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it.” Something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it. Who’s going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example?
Paul: In a society that you accept welfare-ism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of it.
Blitzer: Well, what do you want?
Paul: He should do whatever he wants to do, and assume responsibility for himself. My advice to him would be have a major medical policy. But not forced—
Blitzer: But he doesn’t have that. And he needs intensive care for six months. Who pays?
Paul: That’s what freedom is all about. Taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare to take care of everybody.
Blitzer: But congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?
Crowd: [Yeah! Yeah! Laughs.]
Karoli of Crooks and Liars nails it:
Wolf Blitzer did his best to pin Ron Paul down on a health care question where a 30-year old uninsured person had six months to live. After getting a bit of a runaround, Blitzer flatly asked Ron Paul whether that person should simply be left to die.
Before Paul could answer, the audience did, with cheers of “Yeah!” and applause. If anything comes of these debates, let it be this: Conservatives really believe people should be left to die with no intervention. Ron Paul answered the question after the audience cheered with an answer about churches taking care of their own.
This morning on Twitter, the Paul enthusiasts1 were out in full force. You see, every time Ron Paul opens his mouth, the Paulites slinker out of the shadows to defend Paul against charges of racism and rampant assholery, and it’s hilarious to watch. This time, some Paulite tried to tell me that the audience was not cheering for death of the uninsured, but rather was cheering in support of Paul’s statements generally.
This is blatantly false, as a review of the video demonstrates:
The audience cheered immediately after Blitzer asked: “Are you saying that society should just let him die?” No amount of Twitter shenanigans can erase that fact.
The simple truth is this: The Tea Party is comprised, primarily, of savages. That’s the only word I can think of to use. They are the party of Die Early and Often. They are the party of “No Government except for in A Woman’s Vagina.” It’s so horrifying, that I am rendered nearly without power to snark about it.
Anyone who seriously contends that churches and good old-fashioned neighborliness could possibly cover the expenses of a serious illness, is not someone who can be taken seriously.
Accordingly, and notwithstanding his anti-war stance, Ron Paul is not someone who can be taken seriously.
1 Please, stop using the term “Paultards.” Just stop it! It’s ableist and it’s offensive.
[cross-posted at Balloon Juice]