Reid: People who use the 1st Amendment to criticize our policies are “un-American,” or something

posted at 10:01 am on February 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Sometimes, just when you think you’ve seen the limit of demagoguery from Harry Reid, he finds a way to surprise you … unpleasantly. In 2012, Reid went the Full McCarthy, claiming to have inside knowledge that Mitt Romney had paid no taxes for the previous ten years and suggested that he might have committed felonies. Later, we discovered that — contra Reid — Romney had paid millions in taxes over that period, while Reid pretended he’d never smeared Romney in the first place. Yesterday, in an attempt to push back against a deluge of bad consequences from the law he shoved down the country’s throat, Reid declared that all “horror stories” about ObamaCare were “lies,” and that the people claiming to be hurt — like cancer patients — were just being dishonest hacks in the pay of Charles and David Koch.

The dust had barely settled on that demagoguery when Reid pulled out the Full McCarthy once again:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that the conservative Koch brothers are “un-American.”

Responding to ads being run by a Koch-backed group against Obamacare, Reid said the ads go too far and that Charles and David Koch are trying to “buy” America.

“It’s too bad that they’re trying to buy America, and it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone I can imagine,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Un-American? For what — opposing Harry Reid? L’etat, c’est le hack du Senate? The Koch brothers use their resources to participate in politics no more or less than the billionaire donors to Democrats do, and a lot more honestly than Big Labor does — who are still the biggest players in outside-group politics no matter what scare tactics Reid wants to use here. The First Amendment doesn’t form the core of American politics so that citizens are free to sing hosannas to pumped-up demagogues orating from the fiefdom of the Upper Chamber.

Remember when dissent was patriotic, and engagement on behalf of one’s principles of liberty was the ultimate expression of American citizenship? Good times, good times. There’s something un-American happening, Senator Reid, but it’s not coming from the Koch brothers.

If Reid wants to keep attacking cancer patients and others who have experienced the pain and disillusionment of his grand takeover of the health-care industry, he’ll have plenty to keep him busy, as I note in my column at The Fiscal Times. But if he expects everyone to believe his Frau Farbissina impression, he’s going to be in for some disillusion himself:

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Harry Reid’s dismissal of Boonstra’s pain was entirely justified. What about the pain of Catherine Blackwood, who also lost her insurance due to Obamacare and lost coverage for her cancer medication as a result?

Her previous insurance covered Sandostatin as a treatment for her terminal carcinoid. But despite being repeatedly assured during the problem-plagued enrollment process that her new Obamacare-approved plan would cover the drug, she found out this monthas she was going into surgery that her plan would not cover the drug. It costs $14,000 just since the beginning of the year, and now Blackwood will have to cover it all herself.

What about the pain of Katherine Cadman? She signed up for coverage through Covered California, expecting to have access to doctors listed for her plan on the exchange. Instead, out of 41 doctors supposedly in her network and in her area, only four were taking new Covered California patients – and only one of those was board-certified. Julia Turner made a similar discovery after selecting her Covered California plan. The only doctors who will see the San Francisco resident are clinics in the high-crime East Oakland area.

These are just the anecdotes from the last week. …

Harry Reid and the Democrats can keep ignoring that pain at their own electoral peril. It’s amazing how quickly they have gone from feeling our pain to causing it, and then trying to convince us that pain doesn’t actually hurt anyone. Not even Bill Clinton can sell that nonsense.

Finally, let’s let Reid have the last word, via Gabriel Malor. Shameless:


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Óut : Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
In : Dissent is the highest form of treason.

Swedish Patriot on February 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

For God’s sake this destructive, despicable fool is destroying our system of government.

rplat on February 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

… and loving it!

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Swedish Patriot on February 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

What is the little mark over the capital O in your comment? I thought I had something on my screen. ; )

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Óut : Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
In : Dissent is the highest form of treason.

Swedish Patriot on February 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Yeah, all depends on which party is “in”. Just wait until the next Republican president is in office, if we see that day. Patriotic dissent will be back in vogue.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

If Ried thinks all the horror stories about the ACA are lies I would be happy to have him call me so I can explain how my wife and my policy was canceled and the cheapest we can find is three times as much! Of course he wouldn’t probably just sick the IRS on us

lahlon on February 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Nevada can do better than this…

d1carter on February 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Actually, it would seem not.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

If Ried thinks all the horror stories about the ACA are lies I would be happy to have him call me so I can explain how my wife and my policy was canceled and the cheapest we can find is three times as much! Of course he wouldn’t probably just sick the IRS on us

What, if he DID call, he’d just call you a liar that lies!!!! Not just the IRS, NSA, FBI, TSA, EPA, etc. You’d better be prepared to go into hiding and start living off the grid, you dissenting unpatriotic ingrate.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

You forgot the /sarc/ tag.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Sounding just like Putin, Erdogan and that guy running Venezuela.
Next, criminal penalties for criticizing Democrats and Obama.

albill on February 27, 2014 at 12:26 PM

There is no more vile or despicable person in modern American politics than Harry Reid.
Purple Fury on February 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Yes, but we used to say the same thing about Aunt Nancy.

It’s a tradition.

Scoreboard44 on February 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM

It’s a tie.

Barnestormer on February 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM

You have to love this Hillary

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

You forgot the /sarc/ tag.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

No, he’s actually that stupid.

HumpBot Salvation on February 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

You forgot the /sarc/ tag.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

No, he’s actually that stupid.

HumpBot Salvation on February 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yup.

From the new Tea Party Turns 5 thread:

Teahadis

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Nevada can do better than this…

d1carter on February 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Not if they want to keep their maids and landscapers.

oldroy on February 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

You forgot the /sarc/ tag.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Nope. Certain it didn’t. ; )

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Reid is an embarrassment to even the Democrat Party.

SC.Charlie on February 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Perhaps someone should play HIllary’s ‘sick and tired’ screed for him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CzteDucRHo

AtTheRubicon on February 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

You forgot the /sarc/ tag.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

No, he’s actually that stupid.

HumpBot Salvation on February 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yup.

From the new Tea Party Turns 5 thread:

Teahadis

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Public education has badly failed that boy.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Public education has badly failed that boy.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Ah, depends on perspective…..what any of us would call failure is success on the part of our public indoctrinators in producing exactly what they wanted in the outcome of their charges.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM

What are you Teahadis complaining about? The all-but-declared goal of the Teahadist movement has been to give Obama and Reid absolute power by weakening or destroying their opposition, making all other points of view seem ridiculous or contaminated, and forcing them to increase the power that they have to save the Republic from those of you who wish to destroy it.

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

OK then. No sarc tag necessary. How about a warning that the author of this brilliance has not been taking his lithium?

Athanasius on February 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Congress needs to wake up and get rid of Harry Reid. He has gotten way to far out of control of himself. Unlike most liberals, though, he is good at making certain he insults the hands to elect him to office.

evie1949 on February 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

..all of you purists out there rolling your eyes everytime this senile old poofter makes asinine comments like this keep reciting the mantra, “Senator Danny Tarkanian (R-NV)” or “Senator Susan Lowden (R-NV)” over and over and over.

The War Planner on February 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Harry Reid: If you agree with him, it’s patriotic. If you don’t, it’s unpatriotic. The liberal handbook.

onesheep on February 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I am beginning to believe that Harry and Nancy are beset with old age dementia. They do and say such idiotic things that no rational person would say in public. Sorry to say, they should be retired.

Techster64 on February 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

You forgot the /sarc/ tag.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

No, he’s actually that stupid.

HumpBot Salvation on February 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yup.

From the new Tea Party Turns 5 thread:

Teahadis

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Public education has badly failed that boy.

Solaratov on February 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

That be Book Learnin’!

The Books?

1. Howard Zinn’s Greatest Hit

2. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Nevada you vote this vile man in every time. You are the epitome of the low information voter. Rectify this by voting him out .

neyney on February 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

OK then. No sarc tag necessary. How about a warning that the author of this brilliance has not been taking his lithium?

Athanasius on February 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Lithium doesn’t fix stupid.

CurtZHP on February 27, 2014 at 2:39 PM

None of you can refute my point: Reid is still in the Senate because tea-Qa’eda wanted to run Sharron Angle rather than a candidate who could win. (Brian Sandoval, a patriotic Republican, beat Reid’s son by a dozen points in the simultaneous gubernatorial election.) You’ve fed him one Senate seat after another with idiot nominees: Buck (fortunately, the Colorado GOP just kicked him out of their Senate race), McDonnell, Akin, Mourdock. With your active support, Rafael, Marco, and the rest of the Teatards made the Senate GOP caucus self-destruct repeatedly, making him stronger every time, so that when he proposed weakening the filibuster, he got nothing but hosannas for it.

Reid isn’t blinded by hatred, but he certainly has it. I share it. It’s a hatred of extremists and nihilists who want to destroy America rather than live in one that isn’t exactly the way they want it. You will be crushed. Don’t take conservatism and Republicanism with you.

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Harry Reid just may go down in history as being the most vile, disliked, untrustworthy, and just plain despised Senator to ever stink up the halls of The Capital. This guy seems to have forgotten his role as a Senator is to serve the people of the United States, not work against them ever chance he gets! Why does the state of Nevada keep him in office? Seriously, why?

pilamaye on February 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Prefer small government=extremist
Want government to adhere to constitutional standards=extremist
Think citizens know how to spend their money better than state=extremist
Believe that American rather than foreign legal standards should prevail=extremist
Persecuted for expressing dissent from Washington conventional wisdom=extremist

You, on the other hand, are no doubt the soul of moderation. You and Harry should get along great together.

Athanasius on February 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I’ve been scratching my head all along wondering how the demogoguery in Obamacare was going to work since it’s both Democrats and Republicans who are living (and dying)the nightmare. It worked against Reid when he called the TEA Party racists and extremists right before the 2010 midterms. The first signs of senility is remembering the long ago past and forgeting the recent past.

lea on February 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

It’s amazing the damage only three districts can cause, isn’t it.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM

pilamaye on February 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

One word: unions.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 27, 2014 at 4:08 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Interesting, and hateful bit of revisionist history there.

Sharron Angle was the Republican nominee – and won the statewide primary by a significant margin against 11 other candidates. And although she got an early endoresement from the TEA Party Express, there was actually a “TEA Party” candidate on the ballot – Scott Ashjian – who only got 5811 votes in the election, while Angle lost to Reid by about 41,000 votes, although she took all but 3 counties – despite being falsely attacked by various people as a scientologist, and many other things.
Not exactly a big surprise in a state where the unions were able to steer a lot of votes in Reid’s direction – primarily in the 3 counties with the largest population centers (i.e. urban areas) – and those are the only 3 counties Reid won.

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

BTW – Ken Buck voluntarily dropped from the Senate race to run for Cory Gardner’s House seat, with Gardner jumping into the Senate race – based on an agreement between the 2 that would be the best way to go for the R party.

Your credibility is edging downward toward libtard troll status….

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

How come no one can find dirt on this guy? Amazing that with all his under the table deals, no one can pin anything egregious enough to have him booted.

fishstick on February 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Harry Reid is a traitor to the United States.

V7_Sport on February 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

How come no one can find dirt on this guy? Amazing that with all his under the table deals, no one can pin anything egregious enough to have him booted.

fishstick on February 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Our standards are so low it wouldn’t matter.

V7_Sport on February 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

BrianJ on February 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

None of you can refute my point

You are a tard as is what ever your point was supposed to be. Refute enough for you. Funny thing about you. You drop these bomb type statements and then run off. Coward. You never wanted a dialog.

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

P.S. You did the exact same behavior on three threads today. You are a coward.

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Saw a list on Fox this AM, as a response to Reids’s idiocy.
The Koch brothers rank 59th in political contributions.
Poor widdle dems askeered of them ?

pambi on February 27, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Saw a list on Fox this AM, as a response to Reids’s idiocy.
The Koch brothers rank 59th in political contributions.
Poor widdle dems askeered of them ?

pambi on February 27, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Yep; It turns out the ‘Evil’ Koch Bros. are only the 59th biggest donors in American politics. Can you guess who is number one?

slickwillie2001 on February 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

slickwillie2001 on February 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Tahnks for the link .. cooking dinner. ;-)

pambi on February 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

When this man dies, there needs to be a national holiday, not celebrating his life, but his death.

F_This on February 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM

The sign over the O in the word Out was an accident, i slipped over
the computer keyboard.

Swedish Patriot on February 28, 2014 at 5:12 AM

Harry is a candidate for a late term abortion if there ever was one.

geezerintraining on February 28, 2014 at 7:48 AM

How does that nasty demon stand being in Harrry Reid’s body? Sure, he is a demon from Hell, but it’s gotta be creeping him out at some level.

Cliff by the Ford on February 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

“This is why the Democratic Party and Obama administration has decided that the Bill of Rights, if used ‘incorrectly’, is dangerous and therefore must be managed and/or curtailed by the Federal government. This control must be enforced through the Un-Constitutional spying on of Americans by the NSA, through the targeting and punishing of certain groups by the IRS, and potentially physically restraining them with a highly militant ‘militia’ – Obama’s promised own personal militia.

Freedom of Liberal Progressive Democratic Party Speech MUST be protected at all costs.

easyt65 on February 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

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