Listen to the President of Ireland Make a Fool of This Tea Partier
by Yvette Carnell
This exchange, from 2010, is of Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins, taking apart Tea Party loving radio host Michael Graham. What Higgins makes apparent is what most people already know; the current incarnation of the Tea Party is actually antithetical to American values. The idea that hard working Americans should be without health care isn’t American, it’s Ayn Randian.
What is sad is that Higgins knows more about Americanism than do most Tea Party devotees, which mostly demonstrates the power of propaganda in this country. Case and point, in 2002, according to Gallup, around 62 percent of Americans believed that it was the responsibility of government to ensure that Americans had health care coverage. That number has plummeted over the past decade, and not because of any new information, but because the right wing has been successful at convincing the American people that universal health care is socialist and, therefore, anti-American.
Remarkable really, that the insurance lobby, and other people with more money than they know what to do with, could convince poor and middle class people that they’re not entitled to health care, or that their government, the richest gov’t in the world as luck would have it, has no role in ensuring that they receive health care.
Anyway, America would probably be better off if we had more people like Higgins,who are willing to call out than Tea Party, as opposed to mainstream Democrats, who prefer to cow tow with them.
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