Like millions of you, I’ve been watching those disturbing videos showing angry crowds, disrupting Town Hall meetings on health care reform.
In one, Republican Congressman Todd Akin refers to Democratic congressmen going to meetings in their own districts being “just about lynched”—a remark which evoked loud applause and laughter in the audience.
Other videos show an angry crowd inside a Town Hall meeting, pushing and shoving and drowning out a Congressman or woman—attempting to speak—by shouting, booing, or chanting. Meanwhile, an angry crowd outside is pushing, shoving, and banging on the door.
The images are alarming: we’ve probably all seen the man in his fifties whose shirt has been mostly torn from his chest. Even more disturbing are videos linking President Barack Obama and health care proposals to Hitler’s Final Solution.
But it gets worse. This morning Sarah Palin weighed in on Facebook, suggesting that her parents and her baby with Down Syndrome
…will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective view of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.
[She concluded that] Such a system is downright evil.
Amidst all the lunacy and the lies, however, are many voices of reason. One of the most impressive is Rachel Maddow on msnbc.com. Speaking of those who are trying to connect the health care proposals to Naziism and are hinting at political assasination, Ms. Maddow said,
Naziism is not a metaphor for a political policy you disagree with.
…It’s scary, of course, if they don’t understand the implications of their actions and it’s much, much still scarier if they do.
I feel the same way about Sarah Palin’s statement on Facebook: It’s scary if she really believes that her parents and baby are in danger of euthanasia under any current health care proposal, but it’s even scarier if she knows that to be an outrageous lie and is saying it anyway for some sort of personal gain.
Sarah Palin should be ashamed of herself. She’s not only adding fuel to this fire but also exploiting her own baby with Down Syndrome to do it. And that is downright evil.
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