Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The right, naked

By Michael J.W. Stickings

It's ugly, but it's real. Here's Think Progress:

Last week, Las Vegas radio station KDWN AM720 sponsored a "contentious" town hall, emceed by conservative morning show host Heidi Harris. At the event, local news stations were interviewing an Israeli man who was praising the "fantastic" "national health care" in Israel. During his remarks, a woman yelled out, "Heil Hitler!" The man stopped, became visibly upset, and exclaimed, "Did you hear this? She say to a Jew, 'Heil Hitler'! Hear? I'm a Jew! You're telling me, 'Heil Hitler'? Shame of you!" After he angrily confronts her, the woman mocks him by making a crying sound to imply he is a whining baby.

Now, it would be unfair to suggest that this ignorant bigot speaks for all Republicans, or for all conservatives, or for all opponents of health-care reform. (Obviously.) At the same, though, she is clearly not a minority of one -- within the mob, backed by conservatives across the land, there are no doubt many more like her... and some of them might even be carrying assault rifles.

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