I missed this one ..

And I was sad I did … I mean the latest tea party would have been a sight to behold with the wakos of the right out in full force …

I read that Obama was called a Marxist and that one speaker ridiculed the public option for health care by comparing it to the government giving people free beer. It’s tough to argue with comments that are simply stupid. That said, there is some historical irony here.
It was Barry Goldwater who in the mid 1960s fought against Medicare by camparing health care for the elderly to giving people free beer. The bottom line is that despite the mindless rhetoric of some, providing health care for people is far more important than making jokes about beer.

Sure, there may have been a thousand people on the Green, but these are, or were, a minority of a minority. This was the Lonegan wing of the Republcan party. And how did Lonegan do in the June primary?

Obviously, Chris Christie stayed away… To get elected, Christie needs to appeal to the sensible voters, not a fringe group.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

9 Responses to I missed this one ..

  1. SolomonDrek says:

    Fred said: “It was Barry Goldwater who in the mid 1960s fought against Medicare by camparing health care for the elderly to giving people free beer.”

    And it was Ronald Reagan who saved Medicare in 1984 by imposing a 2% payroll tax with no limit.

    TEA Party = Angry, frustrated, middle-class, middle-aged white people who can’t get over the fact we have a black man for President.

    No wonder Chris Christie stayed away.

    I noticed Steve Malzberg was there instead of Bob Grant. Malzberg used to substitute for Grant and also hosted a sports talk show. He’s a real idiot, just a wind-up caricature of Sean Hannity & Rush Limbaugh. I’m not surprised Bob didn’t show, with his pro-gun control and pro-choice views he would just as likely been booed off the stage.

    The turnout is no surprise. This was evidently well-planned and organized, and I’m sure Steve Malzberg was plugging his appearance on WOR. I’m disappointed the reporter didn’t mention the group(s) which organized this gathering. Probably some of the pharmaceutical companies located in Morris County.

  2. Ted says:

    Right wingnuts were successful in preventing the passage of medicare until 1965. In fact Reagan said Medicare would be the death of democracy in 1961. I guess Reagan saw the light by 1984

    Now about that free beer…

  3. GodsHonestTruth says:

    You didn’t miss very much…

  4. I was wondering what happened to Bob Grant …. Malzberg, who I recall as a sportscaster, was a poor stand-in.

  5. Dan Grant says:

    Actually me and my trusty band of anti-Tea Potti protestors where out in force ( a force of 4). At first we were treated as a novelity with only a few antagonistic people but as the day grew and the speakers got more over the top , the insults got worse. It seems that Freedom of speach as much as these people proclaim it as a right only applies to them. We went from people just expressing our beliefs at the begining to Marxist, Commie, Baby murdering kool-aid drinking blankety blanks. Such is the power of rhetoric. We had only positive messages on our signs like Healthcare is a right and a Couple of Democratic Campaign Signs including one I had saved from the KENNEDY 80 presidential race. It seems that there was far more of a spirit of democracy on the part of the 4 of us looking in then the 1000 or less of those cursing out.

  6. Cheers for Dan Grant!

  7. Your comments cut me to the quick, Fred. You never once mentioned my inspiring address to the crowd.

    Actually, there were 6,000 people on the Green – something you could have seen for yourself had you been there.

    As for Lonegan supporters, need I remind you that 42% of New Jersey Republicans voted for Steve Lonegan? Not bad for a candidate targeted for destruction by the Republican establishment.

    As for health care and beer: reread the Constitution, Fred. Go to Article 1, Section 8 if you are unfamiliar with the document. It no more authorizes Congress to control and fund the health care sector than it authorizes Congress to dispense free beer. It’s a subtle point, to be sure, and one lost on most hare-brained liberals, but facts, as John Adams was fond of observing, are stubborn things – especially for those who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge them.

  8. P says:

    CMR – You must be “confused.” The Constitution is a “living” document, that can be interpreted in maannnnnnnnyyyy ways, especially the ones that fit the liberals’ POV. All they need are five compliant (or is it pliant?!) US Supreme Court justices.

  9. Yo Fred, Were you trying to demean Malzberg by pointing out his sportscaster background? Funny, I feel the same way about Mike Lupica.

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