I dunno if I’m imagining it, but I think some arch – yet very subtle – wit is being employed over at the AP, in this story on the latest round of quixotic teabagging against the health care bill:
The crowd, including many older Americans, carried placards that ranged from pithy – “Free health care isn’t free” – to harsh.
Except that, for ALL older Americans, thanks to Democrats passing Medicare health care IS free. Oh, sure, it has to be paid for somehow…but what Medicare did was structure those payments in a way that not only made fiscal sense, but for the first time in history, spared the nation’s seniors from worrying about dying for lack of medical care they couldn’t afford.
Not that it stopped that era’s equivalent of the teabaggers (like this guy):
…from claiming in true Chicken Little fashion that the world was about to end in a bloody red blaze of commie anarchy. But – of course – it’s no more true now than it was when ol’ Dutch recorded that long-forgotten, pants-wetting LP.
It’s precisely the “Reefer Madness”-like fear and loathing in Reagan’s fanciest flights of fancy on that record which show how out-of-touch and on-the-wrong-side-of-history today’s ideological descendants of Reagan truly are. Why? Because his worst excesses sound like they could have come from the mouth of any teabagger at today’s protest or August’s Million Teabag March. Like this one:
Write those letters now; call your friends and them to write them. If you don’t, this program I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow, and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country…And if you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days we are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.
Sounds like any doomsaying teabagger of today. Yet the world – or even the country – did not end in the aftermath of Medicare’s passage. Perhaps that’s WHY the AP seemed to think the irony was worth a little sub-rosa mocking, too:
The crowd…was staunchly anti-government – “Politicians lie, people die,” read one sign – but loudly cheered the House Republicans who hosted the event.
Comedy. Pathetic, but comedy.