Full disclosure: We haven't been paying much attention to the health care debate because frankly there's not much to debate at this point. We mean, where are the bills? Sure there is some preliminary legislation floating around Washington, but do you really think it looks anything like what we'll end up with?
Didn't think so.
Now, we also admit that at first we enjoyed watching the Ringmasters fire up the birthers and deathers and tea baggers and truthers and "keep your government hands off my medicare" crowd.
But we're beginning to have second thoughts, which around here is about a thought and a half more than we usually have. Look, there are over 300 million people in this country and frankly, a lot of them are pretty gullible, and not too bright.
Take Mike Sola here, who showed up with his special needs son to harangue the local representative. Of course Fox News is on him like orange on John Boehner and trots him out before a national audience the next day. And that's where things start to go badly:
Wisely, the Fox spokes model declines to pursue the democratic thugs line of inquiry because we're sure if she had black helicopters and probably al-Qaeda would have entered the conversation in short order. Not to mention Nazis.
It's pretty obvious Mr. Sola loves his son and we certainly agree that the young man should have the best care, but it's also pretty obvious that Mr. Sola is not going to solve Fermat's Last Theorem any time soon, if you get our drift.
And, much as we hate to admit it because it's going to cut into material for this blog, this is beginning to bother us. Before people like Dick Armey came along and sold him a gallon of snake oil, Mr. Sola was probably living his life as best he could, providing for his family and maybe talking to his neighbor about his suspicion that the government was watching him through his TV.
No harm, no foul.
But thanks to people like Max Pappas poor Mr Sola is on national TV in front of god and everybody saying things like "We are American citizens who want one thing: to be heard before you put us down."
OK Mr. Sola, you've just been "heard" on national TV. When can we expect you to report to the euthanasium?
See, that should have been fun, but it wasn't. In fact, we're a little embarrassed to have written it.
Here's what we'd like to have happen: republicans, lay off the gullible people. You've got enough paid shills to make all the noise you need to make in your effort to not debate the issues, let people like Mr. Sola alone so he can get back to his life.
Now we're going to do something we very seldom do here in the marbled halls of IM Central. OK it's something we've never done, as it goes against one of the fundamental tenets upon which this blog is based: We're going to set a good example. We're going to set a good example by not picking on the Mr. Solas of the world, who through no fault of their own have been duped into becoming front men and women for people who couldn't are less about them, or their special needs sons.
We do however reserve the right to point out the foibles and short comings of those who are proud of their ignorance, arrogantly put it on display and willing put themselves and their innocent special needs children in the national spotlight for no other reason than self aggrandizement. Sarah Palin, we're looking at you.