Friday, October 2, 2009

"Knuckle Dragging Neanderthals."

There's nothing personally exciting about Rep. Alan Grayson (Fl-8). He has the charisma and charm of an engineer and is all too typical of the inarticulate congressman who puts his colleagues and C-SPAN viewers to sleep while shuffling poster boards.

So why is he the hottest Congressman on Capitol Hill these days?

Simply put: He's one of the few members of Congress who seems to be interested in doing his job. In the 8 or 9 months he's been in Congress, Grayson has taken on the chairman of the Federal Reserve and openly laughed at him. He's taken on bloated and corrupt CEO's that have received bailout money. His first few weeks in Congress, he'd taken on Rush Limbaugh. And late last month, Grayson took on the Republican Party by saying their health care plan consists of three words: Don't get sick. And if you do, their Plan B amounts to: Die quickly.

Grayson's outburst and subsequent "apology" the next day has made him the toast of the progressive/liberal blogosphere and he's become the superhero who's effortlessly supplanted Nancy Pelosi, Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Boxer, the late Ted Kennedy and Russ Feingold. Except that Grayson appears to be the real deal.

Grayson, a former litigator, made his chops by prosecuting Iraqi war contractors for fraud. His personal net worth of over $31 million makes him the 12th wealthiest member of Congress. Yet his vast personal wealth doesn't immunize him from the plight of the 47,000,000 uninsured. Yet, despite his speaking truth to power, all Wolf Blitzer was concerned with was to grill him in the Situation Room about his own so-called lack of civility and name-calling. Even liberal stalwart Rachel Maddow chose to concentrate on Grayson's use of the word "holocaust" instead of on Grayson citing a Harvard study that came out two and a half weeks ago and concluded that nearly 45,000 Americans die each year from lack of health care (or just about exactly 15 times the number of people who died on 9/11).

Calling Republicans names as a member of Congress will get us nowhere. Using inflammatory words such as "Holocaust" or paying homage to the late William Safire by repeating over and over on national TV the phrase "nattering nabobs of negativism" will also not further the health care debate. It doesn't matter how correct Grayson is. These tactics are lamentable and we've seen enough incivility from the right side of the aisle this year.

Yet who can blame Congressman Grayson? Sometimes, name-calling and using controversial and loaded words such as "holocaust" is what's needed to break the logjam that's been engineered by both Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats alike. What Alan Grayson did was an act of desperation because the Republican Party has made civility and a respectful exchange of views and facts unworkable. Alan Grayson had to become the good Joe Wilson, the desperate sheriff who had to fire his .45 into the air to break up the bar brawl in the saloon.

Is Alan Grayson special? No. He's bland and he's occasionally inarticulate. But he's become the latter-day Barbara Jordan, who as another freshman congressman took on the Nixon administration and stuck up for the Constitution. Alan Grayson is a man with a social conscience. He only looks special and makes for an unlikely hero because this is what Congress has reduced us, reduced itself to. One man stood up, cited facts and called an obstructionist party for what it is and stuck up for tens of millions of our poorest citizens. This is what Congress is supposed to do. Alan Grayson looks like a hero for merely doing his job.


At October 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Grayson does indeed further the debate by calling Republicans murderers. Let them defend their murderous policies based on greed and hatred. Otherwise, there is no debate, only the GOP lies parroted by the rightwing media. Grayson has taken the fight to them. Remaining above the battle only gets one a good overview of losing the battle.

At October 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Oh, I agree. It's just lamentable that Grayson was forced to stray from the prim and proper path to do and say what he had to in order to break up the logjam.

At October 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry....I say it's about time a Dem got some balls. I'm tired of the timid, polite approach and all the kumbaya crap. The only way to defeat these assholes seems to be to play their game of hardball. I say more power to him.

At October 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Once again, I agree, anon. It's just a shame that we have to jump into the mud pit and use their tactics instead of legislating in a more civilized fashion.

At October 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I am a pacifist and for civil disobedience, as well. But these jerks are neanderthals, remember? Seems as if neanderthals are unteachable and will have to be defeated with their own tactics. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get down in that mud with them and beat them senseless......then, maybe, they'll learn their lesson.

At October 2, 2009 at 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...'nt that another word for pussy?

At October 2, 2009 at 4:14 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

You wouldn't be Joshing me now, would you? Because, with one notable exception, no one I know can be that stupid.

No, a pacifist is someone who's not so stupid as to try to kill another human being for wearing a different uniform, flying a different flag or taking their marching orders from a different idiot.

At October 2, 2009 at 6:47 PM, Blogger Bill Haywood said...

Thank you Representative Grayson. i know now that I have representation in the house of Representatives.

I have gone without such representation for far too long.

Give 'em hell and keep reminding pe3ople that-


At October 2, 2009 at 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The difference between a pacifist and a pussy:

A pacifist bravely stands up for what is right without resorting to violence.

A pussy resorts to name calling while remaining anonymous (at 3:38PM).

Kevin Schmidt

At October 2, 2009 at 9:06 PM, Blogger Gee Love said...

You can't run and hide, you always have to stand up to a bully. Grayson said what needed to be said, and the reason he did is because Republicans get press every time they make an outrageous, lying claim about "death panels" and the like and are never challenged by the media or anyone else. The phony outrage and escalating violent rhetoric by the right wing has to be stood up to and he has challenged them to their own game, with facts on his side. The majority of Dems are sell outs or spineless, but Grayson hopefully has broken the ice.

At October 3, 2009 at 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon:'nt that another word for pussy?

No, it means I don't resort to name calling and head bashing.....and it's "isn't", just so you can be correct in your name calling.

At October 3, 2009 at 4:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want that man to be PRESIDENT!

For anyone able to spare $20.10 go to Rep. Greyson's website and donate money here:

When one of the few, true Representatives we have does his job (brilliantly!) and STANDS UP FOR THE PEOPLE HE REPRESENTS, we should send that Representative a flood of money and by doing so we send Congress a message: DO YOUR JOB!

It is in our best interest to support the Congress men and women who go to work for THE PEOPLE everyday.

THANK YOU, Representative Grayson!
Republicans deserve to be called out on their OBSTRUCTIONISM.
PLEASE show the rest of our party how it's done!

At October 3, 2009 at 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Orlando wasn't such a hell-hole I would move there just to have him represent me.

At October 3, 2009 at 1:50 PM, Blogger Charlotte Corday said...

Rachel Maddow, liberal stalwart? Her cred is GONE. Especially if, as I read here, the Honorable Alan Grayson "made his chops by prosecuting Iraqi war contractors for fraud." That makes him one of the too-few HEROES of stalwart liberalism. Which quadruples Maddow's embarrassing ridiculousness in her role as “I’m on this! Look at me!” hall monitor the other night. She failed as a liberal stalwart when most needed. Epically! The question is...why?

Does she honestly just not REALIZE that "holocaust" is a word, that it isn't a "name" made up after World War II as the word to be henceforth used to refer to what Hitler did to Europe's Jews? The common noun doesn't become the common noun by fiat; it becomes a proper noun via context, and the context must come FIRST, not the word that is dependent on that context for its definition.

Rachel Maddow, who exactly are YOU to tell others they cannot use the word "holocaust" unless they mean "Holocaust"?

Look up the word. Don't Google it, look it up.

I'm not watching The Rachel Maddow Show anymore, not for spite, but because my purpose in diligently making the time to watch her show is simply gone, after her too-cute performance. If the Republican Party, insurance giants, and big Pharma had themselves a mole whom liberal democrats believed to be their best heroine/spokesperson, that mole would have acted exactly the way Maddow did.

At October 3, 2009 at 2:00 PM, Blogger Charlotte Corday said...

"The common noun doesn't become the common noun by fiat;"

Means: The common noun doesn't become the PROPER noun by fiat;

I'm just so perturbed. What hope have we got if our most highly visible stalwart is Rachel Maddow? Now that she's our designated stalwart, what harm is she going to do next? Any harm she wants to!

The Red State Moon Pie blogs are having ecstasies because "even Maddow and Olbermann agree" with them about Alan Grayson.

At October 3, 2009 at 5:53 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Charlotte: OK, so she had an off day. Who doesn't? But does she deserve to be boycotted? Hell no. You'd be missing out on some great shit. I don't want someone who goes after just Republicans, I want someone to go after anyone suspect.

Even Keith Olbermann's stepped on his dick every once in a while. We all do. Give the lady a chance.

At October 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM, Blogger Charlotte Corday said...

"I don't want someone who goes after just Republicans, I want someone to go after anyone suspect."

Florida Congressman Alan Grayson isn't "suspect" and Rachel Maddow shouldn't have appointed herself to be our filter, it isn't her role. I do my own filtering, and I'm far from alone in my condemnation of Maddow for this. It's deadly serious and not going to be overlooked.

This attitude is the whole reason we Democrats are getting our asses handed to us by the other side on every issue that has come down the pike, with heaps of derision and contempt to spare, a fusillade of assaults from republicans a thousand times greater than what is needed to bring our sorry asses down. We have to defend ourselves not only from the fusillade on the right, but the "look at me!" egos on the Left. Among OUR pundits, there is a whole lot of "ME" in TEAM.

Democrats just love to eat their own. The Right doesn't need Beck and Palin and Boehner to tear us a new one each and every day. We've got Rachel, Arianna, several others and their unquestioning followers, to the do job for them. But I sure can see that Limbaugh has got Rachel on her toes, toeing the line, HIS line for him, not ours for us.

That's how the right is killing us, from our president on down.

At October 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM, Blogger Charlotte Corday said...

"'nt that another word for pussy?"

When it comes to those little brown droppings of Red State Moon Pie sloganeering and opining we all see posted as "comments" on the internet, it's hilarious how there is no difference between the parody and the real thing. It's impossible to tell!

At October 4, 2009 at 5:15 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...


While I can understand you're being unhappy with Ms. Maddow for going after Congressman Grayson after minutia when she should've been focusing instead on the true context of his remarks, you also have to understand that even our favorite commentators aren;t going to agree with us all the time or get it right all the time.

All things considered, while Ms. Maddow's focus may've been temporarily skewed, I don't believe she deserves condemnation, especially in light of how idiots such as Neil Cavuto treat guys like Grayson when they appear on Fox.

And I never meant to imply that the Florida Congressman was suspect in any way, I happen to think that his use of the word "holocaust" was unnecessarily inflammatory and you'll note that in Maddow's show, Grayson was trying to back away from that word, as he should've.

Otherwise, I think you've made some good points.

At October 4, 2009 at 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, here's someone I'd like to see run for the office of the President of the United States of America. He doesn't have to give us false "hope" that "change" will be on the agenda, and then carries forward almost the same agenda of the previous occupant. Maybe he is the one we've been waiting for. Grayson for President in 2012.


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