Skip to comments.Health-Care Protests Bring Out Racists, Homophobes (NPR)
Posted on 03/21/2010 11:53:22 AM PDT by Drango
It's sad but not surprising that some of those protesting Saturday against health-care overhaul legislation literally spit on at least one congressman and shouted racial and homophobic epithets as well.
Some of us have long suspected that at least part of the opposition to the overhaul is part of the free-form hostility some Americans feel towards the political ascendancy of people who don't look like them or who have a different sexual orientation.
When anti-overhaul protesters start abusing African American lawmakers with the "n" word or gay lawmakers with the six letter "f" word, then it starts to appear that at least some of the opposition is rooted in something other than philosophical differences over individual mandates.
As the Washington Post reported:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) issued a statement late Saturday saying that he was spit upon while walking to the Capitol to cast a vote, leading the Capitol Police to usher him into the building out of concern for his safety. Police detained the individual, who was then released because Cleaver declined to press charges.
"The congressman was walking into the Capitol to vote, when one protester spat on him. The congressman would like to thank the U.S. Capitol Police officer who quickly escorted the other Members and him into the Capitol, and defused the tense situation with professionalism and care," said Danny Rotert, a spokesman for Cleaver.
Protesters outside the Capitol hurled epithets at Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as they left the building after President Obama delivered an 11th-hour speech on behalf of the health care bill. Carson told reporters that protesters yelled "kill the bill," then used a racial epithet to describe Carson and Lewis, who is a revered figure on both sides of the aisle.
According to observers, Frank was confronted by about 100 protesters inside the Longworth House Office Building, where Democrats were huddling for another meeting about the legislation. Some targeted Frank with anti-gay epithets and urged him to vote against the bill.
Do all the gay folks realize their medical records will be available to government bureaucrats if this stuff is written into law?
Frank James blatantly continues to utilize the race and homophobes card and DNC talking points......
I hope he continues to do likewise come Novemeber 2010 and in 2012. Idiot maximus.
Are you surprised coming from NPR? The American public, racists, bigots and homophobes. I still wonder WHO they are directing this propaganda to? It’s the American people who don’t want this bill. Who are they trying to convince?
It is interesting that in an age where everyone has a video camera on their cell phone and there’s an army of lefty news outlets canvassing DC that no one has any footage of this alleged epidemic of intolerance.
You can plant any word you want. The Left is desperate- fact is the biggest racist and Homophobes I have met have infact been Liberals!! They talk a good game but in reality they use minorities for power!
So now there is a "homophobe" card to be played along with the "racist" card. Strange: I've never been afraid of a homo, but since I'm against them being given "minority" status, I'm labeled as such.
It's a sign of the demmies desperation that they have to get their propoganda arm (the media) to spread the fear by falling back on race-baiting and now homo-baiting.
Should health care pass today, the second act of Congress after the Republicans regain control (first being repealing health care) should be the privatization of all publicly owned corporations — GM, PBS, TVA, REA, etc. Let PBS compete in the marketplace for its funding. The Treasury can benefit both from the sale of stock in PBS as well as the elimination of the annual subsidy.
Another BS article from NPR. Obviously anyone AGAINST Hussein’s fascist destruction of the United States is a racist and homophobe.
Like the homophobe Rat congressman who called the Tea Party protestors “teabaggers” on the FLOOR of the people’s HOUSE? Is that what they mean? We’ve known for donkey’s years that the media is biassed to the left, but they no longer even feel any need to dissemble about it.
We were there yesterday in WDC. The only thing heard yelled was “kill the bill”, vote them out” and “boo”. The media is replete with unethical, politicized liars.
Someone needs to tell the “juveniles” in Congress that they need to “grow-up”! They are “trying” to use grade school tactics.
I don’t give a $hit what they were called and they shouldn’t either. I am sick and tired of the left wing CRYBABIES. We need Americans representing us in Congress that have a spine and MORALS.
Who Watches NPR anyway?Justcallthem what they are the Lame Stream Media.
It’s a real shame that some folks, even Republicans in Congress will believe this took place. We all know what the Dems do. I sure wish at least those on our side would have faith in Conservatives. We are not the animals on the streets. ANSWER and it’s cohorts are. They’re proud of it.