Cross-posted at Eclectablog.com.
The Republicans and their brethren on the right are in the final stages of desperation. Yesterday, Mitch McConnell may have won the award for the most lies told in a single sentence:
"This is how they’ll try to keep their fingerprints off a bill that forces taxpayers to cover the cost of abortions, that cuts Medicare by half a trillion dollars, raises taxes by half a trillion dollars, raises insurance premiums, which creates a brand new government entitlement program at a time when the entitlement programs we have are on the verge of bankruptcy, and which vastly expands the cost and reach of the federal government in Washington at a time when most Americans think government is already too big.
Yesterday, I got an email from the Faith & Freedom Coaliton via the Washington Times that shows even more desperation. The number of lies told in this single email are actually astounding, even measured with a Teabagger Yardstick. Let's have a look.
It's Dear Supporter of Freedom,
Will you authorize me to put your name on a FaxGram to your Congressman demanding a "NO" vote on Obamacare?
[Click This Link to Authorize Delivery of Your FaxGram of Protest to Your Congressman]
This vote is happening any day or hour now.
It is do or die for freedom's survival in America!
We are now at D-Day for Obamacare.
Will America become another failed Cuba-style Socialist state?
Or will freedom and respect for Constitutional government make a comeback in America?
The next few hours and days will answer that question.
Yes, it's do or die for freedom's survival!
It's D-Day for Obamacare!
We're at risk of becoming a failed Cuba-style Socialist state!
EVERYBODY FREAK OOOOOUUUUUUUUTTT!!!
But, wait! There's more!
My name is Ralph Reed.
I am the Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition-- a new organization dedicated to lifting high the values that made America great. We are mobilizing millions of Americans to OPPOSE and DEFEAT President Obama's far-Left agenda.
MISSION #1 right now: Defeat Obamacare.
Over the next 2 days we are aiming to bury Congress with hundreds of thousands of FaxGrams of Protest against Obamacare. If we can do that, I believe we still have a real chance to shock Congress with the intensity of public opposition to having government take over your health care . . . and to drive a stake through the heart of Obama-care and the Obama Presidency.
If we can defeat Obamacare now, that's effectively the end of Obama's presidency.
Ahh...there it is. The "Obama's Waterloo" approach. Now where have I heard that before...?
He will no longer be able to push through his Socialist Agenda. The vote in the House right now is very close.
On the other hand, if President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid manage to ram this disastrous government-run health care plan into law -- that will set the stage for his remaking of America into his vision of a one-party, socialistic state.
Now is the time to act.
We must apply massive and overwhelming public pressure on Congress (especially the House right now) to REJECT Obamacare.
No matter how they try to dress it up, repackage it, or rebrand it, this is nothing short of Socialized Medicine.
You and I know that Obamacare really has nothing to do with fixing America's health care system.
It's all about government bureaucrats seizing control of your life in a scheme so frightening it could only have been dreamed up by the radical Left.
OMFG!!! A "scheme so frightening" that only the radical Left could dream it up? Seriously?! It's THAT bad? Good God, what could this be?
What better way to seize control over your life than seizing control over the decision as to whether you or your loved ones receive life-saving medical treatment or not?
Do you think your political affiliation might eventually play into the decision on whether you get the life-saving medical treatment you need?
Do you think radicals like Van Jones and other far-Left activists will burrow their way into the federal health care bureaucracy, rewarding their friends, while people like you end up in the back of the line?
That's what usually always happens when politicians are in charge of anything.
They use their power to reward their friends and punish their foes. Why should health care be any different?
Most of the problems with America's health care system are caused by government.
Holy crap! They're going to withhold medical treatment from Republicans! And from white people! White Republicans will be PUNISHED for being white and Republican!!! And now the ugly truth comes out: the problems with our health care system have nothing to do with the fact that insurance is dispensed by giant, for-profit corporations who benefit from denying care to the people who need it most. It's because of GOVERNMENT!!!
But they have ideas. They have solutions.
We could easily bring down the cost of health care in America by making a few simple reforms -- reforms Obama and the Left oppose. For example . . .
- Allow citizens to take their health insurance with them if they change jobs.
- End frivolous lawsuits against doctors by requiring losers in suits to pay all legal costs and cap "jackpot" awards.
- Allow citizens to buy health insurance across state lines (to create more competition between insurance companies by giving more choices to citizens).
- Make all health insurance and medical costs tax-deductible to individuals.
- Expand Health Savings Account IRAs.
- Make it illegal for insurance companies to drop you if you get sick.
Oh my God! Why didn't Congressional Dems think of putting these things in their bill? What? You say they DID put these things in their bill? Sshhhhh!!! Don't tell anyone, that would ruin our meme!
But Obamacare is not about making health care more affordable.
Obamacare is about one thing -- controlling your life and bringing Socialism to America.
And that's why Faith & Freedom Coalition has launched this Emergency Campaign to bury Congress with hundreds of thousands of FaxGrams over the next 3 days.
Our goal: To shock Congress into abandoning Obamacare (which will also effectively end the Obama Presidency and save freedom in America). Will you give me permission to put your name on FaxGrams to your Congressman and two U.S. Senators saying "NO" to Obamacare?
And when you complete your FaxGram Authorization Form, I hope you will also include the best donation you can.
This FaxGram campaign is costly. And we're trying to generate 300,000 FaxGrams to Congress in the next three days!
I don't know if that's even possible, but we are sure going to try.
Obama will stop at nothing to bring Socialism to America.
And we will do everything in our power to stop him. But we need your help right now. We urgently need every conservative and every American who reads this letter to contribute what you can.
- If you can send $25, that would be great -- and would help us generate and deliver five more FaxGrams of Protest to Congress.
- If you can send $50, that's even better . . . and would help us generate and deliver 10 more FaxGrams of Protest to Congress.
- If you are blessed to be in a position to send $100 or even more, what a godsend that would be for rescuing liberty in America!
I will be so thankful for whatever you can donate. Every dollar you contribute will be used today to generate and deliver more FaxGrams of Protest to Congress today demanding a "NO" vote on Obamacare and a "NO" vote on Obama's Socialist Agenda for America.
Thank you for reading my letter. I will anxiously look for the arrival of your FaxGram Authorization to arrive in the next few minutes along with your best donation of support so we can drive a stake through the heart of Obamacare and President Obama's Socialist Agenda for America.
Founder and Chairman
Faith & Freedom Coalition
And with that, we learn the real reason behind this email: to raise money for Faith & Freedom Coalition. Nothing more. It's a crass attempt to freak out people so much that they open their bank accounts and pour money into the coffers of this offensive organization.
It's funny actually. This thing is so far from being socialize medicine that it's disappointing to many on the left. But here they are claiming that it IS socialized medicine. [Sigh...]
Ironically, one of the Guiding Principles on their webpage is . . . wait for it . . .
Help the poor, the needy, and those who have been left behind.
I'm totally not kidding.
It's a major league panic by Republicans and the forces on the right and, at this point, they can do absolutely nothing to roll back the tide. Health insurance reform will pass and it's not going to end the world. And, guess what? When the world doesn't end and more people are covered and taxes on individuals and small businesses remain low and the economy continues to improve and people's basic civil rights remain intact and the thumb of Big Socialism doesn't oppress the Common Man, it will be Republicans who end up looking foolish and obstructionist to voters and Democrats who look sane and thoughtful. And that will NOT hurt Democrats at the polls.
I'm just sayin'...