Last night, I went onto the House floor and did something that the Republicans aren't used to. I told the truth about the Republican health care plan. The plan is simple:
- Don't get sick.
- If you do get sick...
- Die quickly.
My speech has been replayed on CNN, Redstate, Huffington Post, etc, and mainstream media pundits are saying that I'm the Democratic Joe Wilson. Of course, unlike Joe Wilson, I wasn't rude to the President. Unlike Joe Wilson, I didn't break a rule of the House. And unlike Joe Wilson, I actually told the truth. Every single year, over forty-four thousand people in America die because they don't have health insurance. Read this Harvard study. That is the plain truth.
And now the Republicans claim they are going to introduce a resolution "disapproving" of my behavior.
What is this, junior high school? Do they think my feelings are hurt? Just what do these people think health care means? It's not some abstract "issue", we're talking about life and death! And the Republicans, who ran the government in full or in part from 2001-2009, chose to let those 44,000 people die, every single year when they were in power. And George W. Bush, whom the Republicans somehow pretend was not President for the last eight years, just let them die. He even vetoed health care for poor children.
So apologize? I don't think so.
Now, my office is getting slammed with calls. Some people are saying "I will do anything in my power to get you out of office." But many of you are calling and saying "Thank you for speaking the truth, and don't you dare apologize."
The Republicans are serious about getting rid of me, because they are scared. They have already set up a site to attack me. And the reason is simple; they don't want my tough attitude to rub off on other Democrats. And the Democrats aren't sure what to think about this new, I don't know what you call it, truthtelling? But you can help make it clear that when I spoke the truth, I was speaking for you. And you can show them that I was speaking for you. Today is the end of the fundraising quarter, which means everyone is going to be watching fundraising totals.
Help me speak truth. You've already set up a bunch of fundraising pages and I can't thank you enough for getting my back. If you haven't already, I hope you'll go to one of these pages and help out today. I'm at
$20,956 $28,449 $41,141 $50,799 $61,012 $50,799 $70,420 $91,775 $96,974 $100,205 so far. Let's see where we can go from here.
Remember, they are playing for keeps. So we need to make sure that we are too.
UPDATE: Congressman Grayson has been monitoring the comments since he made his post, but is on his way to appearances with CNN and MSNBC and has been fielding press calls. He just wanted to pass along his thanks for all your support and say keep up the good work!
UPDATE [2009-9-30 19:07] We just passed 1,000 donors! Thank you for your support!
UPDATE [2009-9-30 20:04] We just passed $40,000 raised. Thank you!
UPDATE [2009-9-30 21:17] Just passed 1,500 donors and $50,000 raised. Thanks!
UPDATE [2009-9-30 22:40] Over $60,000!
UPDATE [2009-10-1 00:20] Final update for the night. Just passed $70,000 with 2,199 donors. Incredible and thank you!
UPDATE [2009-10-1 11:07] $91,775 from 2,832 donors
UPDATE [2009-10-1 13:14] $96,974, how quickly can we get to $100,000 on ActBlue?
UPDATE [2009-10-1 14:33] $100,205, we just broke through $100k from 3,105 donors!