Glenn Beck’s 9/12 events are taking place here in Washington DC and across the country today. And organizers have been trying to argue that these events are designed to bring us all back to that spot where we were on 9/12/01. The argument seems to go something like this.
We were all Americans on that date! No red states! No blue states! We all stood arm and arm with the same goals. And Beck argues that he wants to get back to that.
Sadly, this argument is delusional at best. Simply crap at worst. Seriously. Consider . . . .
Those at these events, Beck included, are arguing that he and the other people there never strayed from 9/12. They are and have always been the pro-Americans. They have always understood the events surrounding 9/11. They are the ones who still understand what is best for Americans. In short, the Republicans.
And remember, if you are not with em’, you’re agin’ em! Guess who that is? The liberals, progressives, and Democrats. And they are the ones in the cross hairs. After all, who walked away from the policies of President Bush and Vice President Cheney? The Dems. And therefore stands with the terrorists? The Dems. Spit on the flag? The Dems. Hates America! Well, you get the picture. I’m serious!
So, these events turn into nothing but the trite, standard Teabagger ridiculousness which starts with, we are all Americans and ends with, give me my country back, Obama is a Kenyan, Obama’s Hitler mustache, death panels, illegal immigrants, and why Democrats hate America.
Of course, Beck won’t acknowledge any of this. But he will show up and be the Master of Ceremonies for the Tin Hat Brigade, all wrapped in red, white and blue while they play Lee Greenwood's Proud to Be An American over and over again. And then, lament how a dude born in Mombassa could have possibly taken the country from them, is setting up death panels and indoctrinating our youth
So we might as well be honest about who these people are and who they aren’t. They don’t represent all of America. Or even a majority of America. They are the fringe. To be accurate, they represent the Birthers, the Teabaggers, the Tin Hatters, the Tenthers, the Racists, the Psychos, and just the plain ignorant.
But I guess despite all of this, there is at least one thing about them that you can’t deny. They will do it all in a “mavericky” fashion.
I appeared on MSNBC this evening with Tom Tancredo. He continued to perpetuate the lie that President Obama's health care plan will result in funding health insurance for illegal aliens. However, none of the bills allow for it. None of them. Funding wouldn't come in through S-CHIP, Medicaid, or anywhere else in the legislation. However, despite these facts, Tancredo continues to promote, well, yes, lies.
On the air, Congressman Tancredo seemed driven to get me to call him a liar. And, I felt compelled to . . . tell the truth. He is not citing a difference of opinion. Or something subjective. It is a purposeful falsehood. A lie. So I did.
Tancredo is a liar.
By the way, kind of strange because I have personally interviewed the Congressman at least three or four times. The last time I interviewed him, it was face to face when we were both on the Presidential Campaign in New Hampshire in 2008. And I have always found him to be pleasant and quite nice. That doesn't change my mind however.
He's still a liar!
Jack interviews Congressman Dennis Kucinich in Washington DC after President Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009.
To be in the room. To watch and listen as the President addresses one of the fundamental questions of our time cannot be underestimated. Social security and Medicare are two of the most important programs in the United States. And it was the Democrats who stepped up to fight for them. As importantly, it was the Republicans who fought against them and have regularly tried to gut them ever since.
Keep checking back throughout the evening as I post photos, video and, reports, tweets and more. This is going to get wild.
I'm appearing on The Ed Show on MSNBC tomorrow night at 6 p.m. e.t. I suspect we will be talking about President Obama's speech before a joint session of Congress. Of course, it will be about health care but the real question is whether the President and a majority in the Congress are enough to overcome the money interests in this country along with their bought-and-paid-for mouthpiece - the Republican party!
Hope you can watch.
Rep. Rob Andrews from the New Jersey's 1st Congressional District will join me today at 1:30 p.m. e.t. to talk about Congress coming back into session and what we should expect. Of course, the big question is still the issue of health insurance reform and we will address that.
In addition, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress tomorrow night. We will talk about that too. All on Air America Radio and airamerica.com
Happy Labor Day. It is organized labor that helped to build the middle class. If you are in a Union, thank you. If you are not, you should thank a Union for helping to establish an hourly wage, labor standards, and more.
I'm a proud member of a union myself, AFTRA, and am thankful for what they and other unions stand for. I recall when I continued to hear about how unions destroyed Detroit. Really? It was labor that designed the cars? It was labor the controlled distribution? It was labor that failed to keep up?