Monday, May 29, 2006

Bill Frist is a Scoundrel

I have an RSS feed to Crooks and Liars. No surprise there. We don’t have cable, and even if we did I wouldn’t have the time or the patience to watch CNN, MSNBC, the networks and especially Fox. C&L is a great way to keep up with the shenanigans of the Conservative Idiots.

Bill Frist is a textbook example of a scoundrel. I have no trouble believing he was a bully on the playground as a kid. A couple of examples: Bill Frist the medical student lied to the personnel of animal rescue shelters in order to obtain cats unethically for experimentation, outside of the normal sanctioned experiements that are required of medical students. Then there was the notorious “diagnosis” of Terry Schiavio via a video-tape.

As I said, textbook scoundrel.

[As an aside, has anyone else noticed that back in the Clinton days and before, the Republicans constantly whined, warned and complained that if we weren't careful the Democrats were the ones who were going to intrude into our personal lives and threaten our precious rights? What would they have said if the Clinton administration had done even a third of what these criminals have been doing for the last 5 years?]

Yesterday, as I was going through the C&L updates, I watched a clip of Frist on Fox speaking to Chris Wallace:

HOST: …Are gay marriage and flag burning the most important issues the Senate can be addressing in June of 2006?

FRIST:…When you look at that flag and you tell me that right now people in this country are saying it’s okay to desecrate that flag and to burn it and to not pay respect to it, is that important to our values as a people when we’ve got 130,000 people fighting for our freedom and liberty today? That is important. It may not be important here in Washington where people say, well, it’s political posturing and all, but it’s important to the heart and soul of the American people. … Why marriage today? Marriage is for our society that union between a man and a woman, is the cornerstone of our society. It is under attack today.

Why don’t these reporters ask questions like this:

Host: Wait a minute. As a medical doctor and the Senate Majority leader, surely you are aware of the statistics of how many Americans, men women and children are unable to receive even minimal health care due to skyrocketing costs and lack of insurance? How many documented cases of flag-burning have there been in the last 5 years, and how many people suffered as a result of those flag-burnings? Are you actually going to sit there and tell the 40 million plus Americans who lack proper health-care that an amendment to the constitution banning flag-burning is somehow more important to them than providing a solution to the health-care crisis?

Frist: [paraphrased for clarity] I’m a hypocritical self-servative who has not even the slightest interest in helping anyone who's net-worth is less than $5,000,000. Never forget that fact.

Host: Next question senator. Explain to those Americans who have to decide between eating and paying for $3 per gallon gasoline, between heating their homes in the winter and paying for exepenisve medication, explain to them how the union of two people of the same gender is more of on “attack on marriage” and a threat to family values than the policies of the Bush administration that have benefited only those who can afford yachts and mansions and basically left the lower and middle classes worse off than they were during the Clinton years?

Frist: At the risk of repeating myself…

I’m just so sick of these selfish bastards talking about non-issues. There is no “attack on marriage.” There is no “war on terror.” There is, however a concerted effort to shift more wealth and power away from the lower and middle classes and into the coffers of the richest Americans.


Anonymous Decatur Dem said...

Amen, Brother. And when I see our esteemed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial aspirants Cathy Cox and Mark Taylor jump on board and endorse the expensive, discriminatory, redundant*, and wrong-headed special legislative session to amend the constitution to ban gay marriage, my heart sinks a little lower.

(*We already have a law on the books outlawing gay marriage, so it's just cheap pandering to hold that we need an amendment).

Excellent post, Al. It's good to see you back in the fray!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Kevin Ballie said...

The state amendments are horrible, but the national amendment may actually be the best thing for Democrats this year. Republicans have simply set themselves up to have this amendment shoot them in the foot. I explained it in my blog post today, but conservatives are going to be the ones most angry after the marriage debate on June 5th in the Senate.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

I just read somehwere - NY Times? - but already forget where something to the effect that flag burning incidents last year where a dozen or less.

Not only that, it's protected free speech. If 130,000 are "fighting for our freedom" why then curtail those freedoms?

I loved the paraphrase for clarity!

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Lefty said...

Frist is a sick individual, and judging by the Shiavo diagnosis, a bad doctor.

I don't understand MSM questions, wouldn't provocative questions create higher ratings?

1:42 PM  
Blogger XTCfan said...

Al, you know why they do this (and it shows in your paraphrasing): it plays in Peoria. If they can distract us from the real issues by paying lip service to "moral" issues that are guaranteed to provoke kneejerk political reactions, and thus win in November before going back to ignoring these "moral" issues, they will.

As you've said before, these people will do anything to win. (After all, isn't that one definition of a scoundrel?)

5:56 PM  
Anonymous blue girl said...

Really good post, Al. Really good. Yes, he is a scoundrel and a disgusting scoundrel at that. I've got to go get a link for you. It'll make you throw up!

Oh joy!

I'll be right back.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous blue girl said...

Here it is, as promised:

Have fun reading! Res always puts things his own way...he's great.

8:08 PM  
Blogger XTCfan said...

OMFG, that Post article is disgusting. I didn't realize a writer could get their pen (laptop?) that far up their subject's ass...

10:46 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

This cat-killer has to go.

Now, tell me again how two loving people committing together and getting their due rights will THREATEN the institution of marriage.

The American family is far more threatened by a materialistic society that encourages Britney Spears' annulled 3-day Las Vegas marriage. In addition, Britney corrupts the American youth far more than the slickest gay rights "propaganda" ever will.

A constitutional amendment to redefine marriage will have to ban Britney Spears as well.

4:01 PM  

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