How Low Can You Go: NeoCon Whinge
One difference between progressives and conservatives, it seems to WC, is that conservatives whine like petulant children – or worse – when something doesn’t go their way. Consider the following examples:
The collective editorial board of the The National Review, the conservative journal founded by William F. Buckley puled:
[The Court] then pretended that this requirement is constitutional anyway, because it is merely an application of the taxing authority.
“Pretended”? Excuse me? “Pretended”? When the Supreme Court decided corporations were “persons” in Citizens United did it “pretend” that was so?
Then there’s Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky), who said,
Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right.
Actually, Senator Paul, it does. You can disagree with the Court’s reasoning, but when you became a U.S. Senator, you took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Which says the U.S. Supreme Court gets to make the call. You uphold the whole Constitution, you know, not the bits you like.
But the prize, if there were such a thing, for grotesque response goes to right wing nut job Michael Savage, who set a new low point in political commentary. You might think that it couldn’t go any lower than it has. You’d be wrong. Here’s Savage:
Let’s talk about Roberts. I’m going to tell you something that you’re not going to hear anywhere else, that you must pay attention to. It’s well known that Roberts, unfortunately for him, has suffered from epileptic seizures. Therefore he has been on medication. Therefore neurologists will tell you that medication used for seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, can introduce mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems. And if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive dissociation in what he is saying.
WC is no fan of Chief Justice John Roberts. He’s intellectually dishonest. But blaming a purported, unproven claim of a disability for the Chief Justice’s decision on the health care act? Disgusting. But consider this: if the right wing will do this to their own, what will they say about those who oppose them as we move into the Silly Season leading up to the presidential election?
Nearly as offensive to WC is the implication that any liberal or progressive suffers from “cognitive dissociation,” Mr. Savage’s diagnosis of the Chief Justice. But that’s just the usual ad hominem clap trap from the Right.
The Affordable Care Act barely survived. Medicare was wounded. The Commerce Clause powers may have taken a mortal wound. But that’s not enough for our Neocon friends.
Sore losers doesn’t begin to describe it.