Blanche Lincoln to health-care protesters: Hey, sorry for calling you “un-American”

posted at 8:21 pm on August 6, 2009 by Allahpundit

Translation: “Sorry for actually saying out loud what my party’s been implying all week.”

“It’s so sad, because it’s diminishing to the process, it’s diminishing to our outcome,” Lincoln said in a conference call with reporters. “I think it’s sad that they choose to do that. I think it’s un-American and disrespectful.”

A few hours later, Lincoln issued the following statement: “Although I do believe that some of these protesters are disrespectful of other citizens in the audience who truly want to ask questions about health care, I shouldn’t have used the term ‘un-American.’ I support the right of every Arkansan to speak out and have their voices heard. I would just ask that we all continue to work in a constructive way to rebuild our economy and fine-tune out health care system so it works for all of us.”…

Also in the audience Wednesday was Bob Porto, an organizer with the Pulaski County Tea Party. Porto said local Tea Party leaders discouraged members from attending because they believed Arkansas Children’s Hospital was not the proper venue…

“I think we are seeing people who feel that their expression, or their ability to communicate, isn’t being heard, so they’re doing what they can to be heard,” he said.

Cited in this same piece as smoking-gun evidence of a top-down Republican astroturf campaign: The memo debunked by Mary Katharine Ham 27 hours ago. Sigh. Exit question: Is Lincoln’s retreat a sign that the backlash to the left’s demagoguery is now in full swing? Foolproof though it may seem, calling your constituents Nazis actually isn’t a surefire path to reelection. Claire McCaskill politely disagreed with the Democratic brain trust about astroturfing earlier on Twitter and Ben Cardin took a politic line on the subject when pressed this afternoon by Fox News. I’d be surprised if Reid and Pelosi are still tossing grenades tomorrow.


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As long as nobody was injured, what happened isn’t as important as what will be reported. Civility is key to gaining credibility among the clueless drones.

ROCnPhilly on August 6, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Yeah I recall the donks being very civil from 2000-2008…..

“uh-huh”

sven10077 on August 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM

is dis fo’ real?

ted c on August 6, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Well, yeah, I’m sure it is. You can also work to overturn Prop 8 (disallowing gay marriage in California), that pays $335-$535 a week. Or, for $1500-$3300 a month, you can “protect the planet from corporate greed” with Greenpeace. No wonder all these “non-profits” are non-profit, they spend all their donations hiring grass-roots idealists, lol!

califcon on August 6, 2009 at 9:33 PM

As long as nobody was injured, what happened isn’t as important as what will be reported. Civility is key to gaining credibility among the clueless drones.

ROCnPhilly on August 6, 2009 at 9:28 PM

credibility among the clueless drones….?

that’s like honor amongst thieves….

ted c on August 6, 2009 at 9:34 PM

califcon on August 6, 2009 at 9:33 PM

no wonder California is in the sorry state it’s in.

ted c on August 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

ted c on August 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Ted, you need to look at the “non-profit jobs” section of the Craigslist where you live. I really don’t think this stuff is only happening in California (ACORN sure wasn’t). I just saw another one where they’ll pay people to “Protect the Constitution” — it’s for the ACLU!! I almost fell off the chair laughing.

califcon on August 6, 2009 at 9:38 PM

I’ll get off this tangent after this one more. Check out this company, who offers $11-$16 per hour to “Get paid to raise money for great organizations.” The logos proudly displayed in the ad include the DNC, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

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califcon on August 6, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Alinsky them back! Those on the board that are out of work should apply! Then get our message out behind their backs!!!!!!!!!!!!

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canditaylor68 on August 6, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Good news from RedState:

James Carville’s New Poll is so Bad For Democrats He Doesn’t Want You to Know it Exists

INC on August 6, 2009 at 8:45 PM

LOL…so I guess Carville will soften up the “Democrat dominance for the next fawty yeeee-ahs” stuff.

ddrintn on August 6, 2009 at 9:45 PM


BLANCHE!!!

That’s my old senator!

I am SO happy to hear this — it means she will DEFINITELY vote “NO” if a bill comes to the senate.

She could be in real trouble in 2010 — her 2004 challenger had zero ads and merely had yard signs with a Jesus fish on it, and got 45% against her.

With this “unamerican” thing, if it gets local play on the news, she will bend over backwards to prove her ‘conservative’ bonafides to the conservative state of Arkansas….

Whoopie! So now the dems are down to 55ish ‘yays’ in the senate. It’s getting closer to killing it….

battleoflepanto1571 on August 6, 2009 at 9:46 PM

HOW CAN THEY EXPLAIN THE DROPPING POLL NUMBERS FOR BHO & THE BILL?

ARE ALL THE POLLS JOINING THE MOBS???

poppieseeds on August 6, 2009 at 9:48 PM

I am looking for some grassroots workers to help me publicise my 2 cents on this healthscare debate

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macncheez on August 6, 2009 at 9:49 PM

No we don’t have questions! We know a hell of a lot more than they do.

People are there to say NO! These boneheads think they are doing these town halls to educate the unwashed masses….

Condescending idiots!

katy on August 6, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Locked out of a town hall meeting?

Show up in an SEIU and/or Obama shirt and waltz right on in!! Remove shirt after entry, of course!

TN Mom on August 6, 2009 at 9:58 PM

This is where we are headed…

August 6, 2009 ……………….. LCMSNews — No. 64


Terri Schiavo’s death not peaceful, says brother

By Paula Schlueter Ross

In his keynote to the 26th National Conference of Lutherans For Life (LFL), July 24-25 in St. Louis, Bobby Schindler said his sister, Terri Schindler Schiavo, did not die a peaceful death, as her husband has said.

Terri Schiavo, 41, died in 2005 after her husband, Michael Schiavo, received court-ordered permission to have her feeding tube removed in the high-profile case. Her family disagreed that Terri would have wanted to die.

In Terri’s last days, while Michael Schiavo’s attorney was telling reporters he’d never seen Terri so “beautiful,” the Schindler siblings were begging their mother not to visit her daughter, whose court-ordered starvation had ravaged her body almost beyond recognition.

Bobby Schindler said it was impossible for him to describe his sister after two weeks without food, water, and palliative care, but called her starvation “the most heinous, barbaric thing I ever had to witness.” It is, he told LFL conference-goers, something he will remember all his life.

Some 275 people attended the annual conference, which included a pre-conference leaders workshop, plenary sessions, worship, a banquet, an abortion-clinic vigil, and workshops on a variety of pro-life topics under the theme “Celebrating the Abundant Life,” from John 10:10.

In his keynote, Schindler said that in his home state of Florida, it’s a felony to starve an animal, “but we’re doing it to our most disabled people.”

“If we can’t value life, how can we value anything?” he asked, calling the disregard for human life “the most significant issue facing the country and world today.”

Schindler said his sister’s situation can’t be classified as an “end-of-life issue,” since Terri was not dying, was not in a coma, was not “brain dead,” and was not in a “persistent vegetative state.”

In fact, his family thought she was getting better — she was starting to form words and trying to talk, abilities that would surely have improved with rehabilitation, he said.

The Schindlers were “shocked,” he said, when they learned that Terri’s husband wanted to remove her feeding tube — which she needed because she had trouble swallowing — and they offered to care for her themselves. But after five years of trying to save Terri, even with support from around the world, the judge ruled in Michael Schiavo’s favor.

Schindler said he believes more and more U.S. judges, lawmakers, the media — even some in the medical profession — are embracing a “quality of life mentality” in deciding whether disabled people should live or die.

“Who would want to live in this condition?” is the wrong question to ask, he says, since thousands of people are living “in this condition” nationwide.

Schindler sees two choices: You rationalize that it’s OK to kill people with disabilities, or you take care of them. In a chilling development, food and water, he said, can now be classified by courts as “life support,” even for those who, like Terri, may have a severe brain injury but are not dying.

“What I saw happen to my sister, no brother, no family, no parents, in particular, should ever have to witness,” said Schindler, who, with his parents, Robert and Mary, and sister, Suzanne, have started the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to “help families fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.” The St. Petersburg, Fla.-based foundation has received more than 600 calls since it was established in 2001 and has assisted in 100-plus cases. (For more information, visit its Web site at http://www.terrisfight.org.)

Schindler encouraged LFL conference-goers to:

# care about the value-of-life issue. Apathy, he said, has made the problem worse. “We have to care, we have to get involved,” he said. “We have to look at this issue [as being] just as important as … the abortion issue because it is the same issue — it’s the killing of life.”

# support pro-life lawmakers who “have the same principles and values that we do because they’re in positions where they can change the laws and help stop things like this from happening.”

# write the media. “Be professional and kind … and tell them that we disagree with their position. It works.”

# continue to pray for pro-life efforts.

# educate people. “I think we can change their hearts when they see just how barbaric this issue is, the abortion issue, all these issues when we’re taking life for no other reason than these people have become an inconvenience in one way or another to us.”

Schindler called the audience members “heroes,” and commended them for their willingness to fight for life.

Edna Walker of Cleburne, Texas, called Schindler “very inspiring,” and said his talk “reminds us of what’s going on in our society and how things are deteriorating in the value of life.”

LFL Executive Director James Lamb said Schindler’s talk was “very powerful” because “he was speaking from his heart and his soul and his passion. He was speaking out of his love for his sister, and out of his great desire that what happened to her would not happen to others.”

Lamb said LFL “has a part in sharing that message, to help people know what’s going on and that we can indeed do something about it because we’ve got a more powerful message than the message of death, and that’s the Lord of Life.

“And,” he added, “that’s what this gathering is all about — following that Shepherd of Life.”

Cynthia Chapa of Fort Worth, Texas, said she appreciates “the fellowship with people of like mind” an LFL conference provides. “Seeing people still in the ministry who have been in it for years and years is very, very inspiring,” she said.

First-timer Cynthia Schulz, a teacher for more than three decades who has been involved in youth ministry for 18-plus years, said she attended the conference because she feels “very strongly” about the abortion issue and has seen firsthand “the hurt that comes in the lives of children who experience abortions.”

Abortion never “solves” the problem of teen pregnancy, Schulz said, but instead causes “grief and hurt.”

The next LFL national conference is planned for July 23-24, 2010, in Milwaukee, under the theme “Bringing Good News to Life.”

For more information about Lutherans For Life, call 888-364-LIFE (5433) or visit its Web site.

Based in Nevada, Iowa, LFL is a pro-life, pro-family ministry that witnesses to the sanctity of human life through education, based on the Word of God.

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Blanche Lincoln to health-care protesters: Hey, sorry for calling you “un-American”

Too late. F you you fascist psychopath.

Luka on August 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Hey Barack Obama, you can take all your fascist psychopath minions and shove them up your psychopathic ass.

Luka on August 6, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Have you seen the latest from the admin to protestors!

http://speakmymindblog.com/2009/08/06/obamas-administrations-message-to-healthcare-protesters/

sherryande on August 6, 2009 at 10:28 PM

NOT A SLIP REALLY ITS WHAT SHE AND DEMOCRATS ARE UN AMERICAN

rone5847 on August 6, 2009 at 10:40 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Thank you OmahaConservative – appreciated the post.

The Orwellian phrase “death with dignity” is NOT about someone asking to die in the moment, expressing their desire to take their own life. It is really about our ability to make those decisions FOR them in their so-called absence and really boils down to one thing in the end: homicide. Though it fraudulently appropriates the anguish (and relative innocence) of the frustrated suicidal end-of-life patient — a different scenario entirely IMHO — to help sell its own cause (as if we wouldn’t notice the difference between the two), its sinister agenda is focused on the rights of those in a presumed position of authority to make the decision to commit murder, on virtually any grounds whatsoever, as long as the victim-to-be is deemed to be both too embarrassed to retain their “dignity” and too incapacitated to argue otherwise.

(Guidelines must be created and followed, of course. We can’t have this looking like a murder carousel. But who’s to say what dignity really means, anyway? Surely this person wouldn’t want to carry on living like this. Sigh, if only they could *tell* us to just let them go in peace… can’t you just read it in their eyes?)

It is well-documented how one’s priorities can change, and are apt to change, in the light of an actual handicap — and how a life once thought unthinkable (“can’t speak? can’t feed myself? heck, just kill me, man”) turns out to be the most precious thing imaginable, and the most worth fighting for. Too much of the “Death with Dignity” agenda is focused on denying that basic truth, and advocating in its place the state-sponsored termination of those who based their wishes on the thoughts and feelings of better days, during more gullible times perhaps, and who now regret their foolish pronouncements only to find them a death sentence now, imprisoned as they may be in their own bodies with no way to communicate their change of heart to those charged with their elimination.

Thus in their moment of greatest vulnerability, the “death with dignity” agenda seeks the highest form of indignity under the guise of “dignity”. Of course, in our post-modern era where meaning can be shaped to whatever one desires, this is no big surprise. And in the new era of Death with Dignity to come, “dignity” will mean whatever those in charge say it means. (After all those are just words, and all this is just talk anyhow, and what are you so hung up on anyway? You people always blow things way out of proportion…)

(And how noble it must be then, how compassionate, for us to kill them regardless of how they may feel today, given that their current predicament must necessarily lead them to be more irrational, more impetuous, more impractical, unreasonable or selfish than they really ought to be; certainly more so than they must have been in the days when they were able to make more rational decisions, like the decision to die with dignity. And how good it must be of us then that we can act out their sacred wishes of one year, 10 years, or 50 years ago, made during their more functional — and thus more legitimate — moments. And just remember: we’re not scouring your entire life history, taking your most incriminating statements and holding them against you; nor are we pouncing on you in your moment of greatest weakness and squeezing the last drop of life out of you. No, we’re really helping you by sparing your imminent afterlife the painful memory of you possibly becoming even more embarrassing to look at. Now wouldn’t that be undignified.)

IMHO it is contempt dressed up as compassion and, under the guise of “dignity”, it seeks to inflict the ultimate indignity on its hapless victims.

RD on August 7, 2009 at 12:44 AM

Health care reform on the surface doesn’t sound like it should be this hard. But, because of lobbying these pharmaceutical companies, heath care companies, and insurance companies have been provided a convenient excuse to monopolize and to set prices. All they have to do is shrug their shoulders and say, “Well, we can’t…government regulations…sorry!”

We’re already dealing with the HMOs where someone/somewhere decides what treatments we can or can’t have under the plan, whether or not we can see a specialist, etc. At least many of us have the finances to pay more out of pocket (or go into debt) if need be. We have to choose from a provider list for primary physicians.

What ObamaCare seems to promise is to make it even worse. You all know it will cost us more than what we pay for coverage now. You know companies will lay off people and hire less because of what they’ll get taxed on this…and this doesn’t even include the effects of inflation and Cap and Tax!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 7, 2009 at 3:14 AM

I’ll get off this tangent after this one more. Check out this company, who offers $11-$16 per hour to “Get paid to raise money for great organizations.” The logos proudly displayed in the ad include the DNC, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/npo/1305377338.html

califcon on August 6, 2009 at 9:41 PM

This is not a tangent…I couldn’t find any for a “right wing” organization.
These are the things that people like Rush, ect. would love to know.
Rather then a “tangent” this is the heart of the matter. The conservatives are grass roots, that will be the difference, liberals don’t have enough money or “horse power” to control the population.

right2bright on August 7, 2009 at 7:54 AM

You work for us

Will lie for votes
Fixed

seven on August 7, 2009 at 8:33 AM

BLANCHE!!!

That’s my old senator!

I am SO happy to hear this — it means she will DEFINITELY vote “NO” if a bill comes to the senate.

She could be in real trouble in 2010 — her 2004 challenger had zero ads and merely had yard signs with a Jesus fish on it, and got 45% against her.

With this “unamerican” thing, if it gets local play on the news, she will bend over backwards to prove her ‘conservative’ bonafides to the conservative state of Arkansas….

Whoopie! So now the dems are down to 55ish ‘yays’ in the senate. It’s getting closer to killing it….

battleoflepanto1571 on August 6, 2009 at 9:46 PM

She stuck her foot in her mouth big time, didn’t she? That crap might play in SanFranNan’s district, but old Blanche ought to no better than to make those kind of accusations against Arkansans. The pressure is on her BIG TIME, especially in NWA. I think she’s in trouble in 2010. I understand a couple of people have expressed interest in running against her. Hopefully the state GOP can get its act together long enough to field some viable candidates.

Hey Der Krieger: How about running for Senate instead? ;o)

NoLeftTurn on August 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I support the right of every Arkansan to speak out and have their voices heard. I would just ask that we all continue to work in a constructive way to rebuild our economy and fine-tune out health care system so it works for all of us.”…

All of us, ma’am? Weren’t you one of the democrats that voted no, to an amendment saying, if this crap of a bill passes, all members of Congress will be a part of it? I’m sure you are, because as I heard it…no Democrat voted yes, that they’d be a part of this wonderful crap, they want to shove up our un-American arses.

And cooperation, to work together? I seem to recall hearing a few stories of two members of Congress, who have come up with a much better, less invasive, and intrusive bill, yet it hasn’t seen the light of day yet? Give me a small break.

Arkansans, vote this woman out, and let her know that is your intention.

capejasmine on August 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM

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