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December 16, 2009

DIE-IN STRUGGLES TO COME TO LIFE.... The Teabagging crowd came up with another protest idea recently: a "die-in" protest.

As Tea Party organizer Mark Meckler put it, "The intention is to go inside the Senate offices and hallways, and play out the role of patients waiting for treatment in government controlled medical facilities. As the day goes on some of us will pretend to die from our untreated illnesses and collapse on the floor."

Now, as a substantive matter, this is unusually dumb. The only "government-controlled medical facilities" in the country are V.A. hospitals, and they offer some of the best medical care in the country. Health care reform doesn't create "government-controlled medical facilities" where people will suffer from "untreated illnesses"; it will address the problem that tens of thousands of Americans die every year because they lack insurance.

But reality has never been part of the Tea Party agenda, so the right-wing crowd organized its "die-in" anyway, and hit the Capitol yesterday. How'd it go? Dave Weigel reports:

"Is this it?" some asked.

The few dozen Tea Party activists who made it to upper Senate Park in Washington this morning were confused at the size of the crowd. The night before, some of them had attended a FreedomWorks-sponsored workshop about the day's events -- a "die-in" during which activists would pretend to experience the effects of government health care in Senate offices, and a 1:30 p.m. "red alert" rally outside the Capitol. Either everyone was waiting on the latter event or they were lost.

Eventually, the crowd grew to about 60 people, several of whom were journalists covering the protest.

The participants visited Senate offices, but no one "pretended to die from our untreated illnesses and collapsed on the floor."

Confused, ill-informed Teabaggers can only organize so many Capitol Hill events before diminishing returns kick in.

Steve Benen 8:35 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (26)

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Here's an idea, one sure to draw large media attention:

Stage a 'die in' on the Government Controlled Interstate Highway System to protest the 55,000 traffic fatalities each year.

Simply lie down across the lanes and wait for the media to show up. . .

Posted by: DAY on December 16, 2009 at 8:37 AM | PERMALINK

The teabaggers have passed the torch of incoherent, sociopathic, anti-reform babbling to Lieberman, who's more than adequate to the task and doing a much more effective job than they ever did.

Posted by: ChicagoPat on December 16, 2009 at 8:39 AM | PERMALINK

The Teabagging crowd came up with another protest idea recently: a "die-in" protest.

The things people do to elevate Performance Art!

Confused, ill-informed Teabaggers can only organize so many Capitol Hill events before diminishing returns kick in.

Don't worry: they've still got Fox News on their side. I'm sure the die-in will be reported as an enormous success, with film showing thousands of attendees.

Posted by: Balakirev on December 16, 2009 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

I was there and I can tell you the sight of 60 people symbolizing the suffering in government hospitals was very moving. Benen is disappointed because no one pretended to die. Those of us who value life don't think that is bad news.

Posted by: Al on December 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM | PERMALINK

if you want to stage a die-in, how about one that represents the death of those who don't have health insurance and can't afford to get treatment? or those who can't afford regular checkups and don't have their cancer diagnosed in time to save their lives?

oh. right.

Posted by: just bill on December 16, 2009 at 8:53 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sure somewhere Sarah Palin's ghostwriters are tweeting about the success of these brave Americans.

Back in the real world, we're asking: why do stoopid people get so much attention?

Posted by: JJC on December 16, 2009 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

actually, they'd be recreating an event that happens every day in non govt controlled hospitals.

Posted by: johnnymags on December 16, 2009 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

Al, who is doing this "suffering in government hospitals" to which you refer? What is the nature of this "suffering" and in what "government hospitals" is said "suffering" taking place?

Posted by: DKF on December 16, 2009 at 9:03 AM | PERMALINK

In the video I saw of the event, it appeared that the majority of the participants were Medicare aged. If these people are so opposed to government-run health care, why don't we let them opt out of the system? They could find their own health insurance plans. And pay for them with their pensions, cuz I'm sure that they hate Social Security as well.

Posted by: mimom on December 16, 2009 at 9:04 AM | PERMALINK

The only "government-controlled medical facilities" in the country are V.A. hospitals, and they offer some of the best medical care in the country.

Actually, that's only true if you follow the lazy presumption that "government" means only the federal government. But there are plenty of municipal hospitals around, many of which primarily offer charity care, and they generally have poor reputations--mainly because, like all other programs aimed primarily at the poor in this country, they're egregiously neglected and underfunded. I'm sure that such places are what the typical tea-partier thinks the current legislation will make universal--especially given the rampant confusion the current proposal with the British National Health system sown by the Republicans.

Posted by: David in Nashville on December 16, 2009 at 9:06 AM | PERMALINK

Dressups, props and die-ins. Not a single one of 'em can coherently discuss policy.

The things preteens in adult bodies will do to avoid the hard work of finding real solutions to problems. Hell, where's the stagy fun in that?

Posted by: shortstop on December 16, 2009 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

Don't mock the mockers

Meanwhile where are the tons of Americans who got shafted by Lieberman pulling the plug on the Medicare-Buy in? How many millions have been adversely effected?

Where is their die-in?
Where is their anger?

The Republicans can still get 60 to come out and celebrate blatant lies about HCR, even after it has been gutted, but team Democrat can't get one soul to show up to steal some thunder and create some press.

So kudos to the Republicans again.
They may be dead dumb wrong, but at least they are an ardently so.

I mean really...
Will some lefty at least throw his shoes at Lieberman?

Posted by: koreyel on December 16, 2009 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK

Preteens in adult bodies that might just be neoteny . I learned so much from the pedomorphosis presidency .
Special thanks to the bush family for extending my appreciation of domesticated animals .

Posted by: FRP on December 16, 2009 at 9:31 AM | PERMALINK

That they staged their little farce yesterday instead of today is telling of their historical ignorance. The real Boston Tea Party was 236 years ago today.

Posted by: Blue Girl on December 16, 2009 at 9:45 AM | PERMALINK

What if they held a die-in and nobody came?

Posted by: shortstop on December 16, 2009 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

But there are plenty of municipal hospitals around, many of which primarily offer charity care, and they generally have poor reputations--mainly because, like all other programs aimed primarily at the poor in this country, they're egregiously neglected and underfunded.

This is very, very true. I do, however, know of one shining exception - the Truman Medical Center system that trains the physicians in the UMKC medical school program. In 2005, when Matt Blunt (Roy's son) was elected governor of Missouri, he slashed Medicaid, and the healthcare community in Kansas City mobilized and advocated for a health levy that represented a significant property tax increase. But if you live in this county and don't have insurance, you can get free or reduced care, and it is very high quality, especially in comparison to other community hospitals around the country. It is so good that I don't just talk about it. I support it by getting my healthcare there, by choice. It is the only system in town where every doctor you see sees the same chart. That right there can save your life.

Posted by: Blue Girl on December 16, 2009 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

"I was there and I can tell you the sight of 60 people symbolizing the suffering in government hospitals was very moving."

HI AL! Here's a tissue to dab the crocodile tears from your eyes.

Posted by: Patrick Starr on December 16, 2009 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

How about waiting around for days as people do in an ER because everyone without insurance goes there for treatment (and usually after delaying so that their condition is worse than it otherwise would be), thus clogging the system for them and everyone else; or better yet, dropping dead like that poor lady in Brooklyn a few months ago?
Or better yet, just dropping dead, period. How about it, Al?


Posted by: jrosen on December 16, 2009 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

If we're going to have protests based on opposition to delusional visions of what is in this bill, I bet I could get more than 60 people to a "die-in" in opposition to the language in the bill that requires DNA samples to be submitted to our Evil Space Alien Overlords for the purposes of growing human-like disguises for their lizardy selves. I mean, don't these people have any sense of creativity or drama?

Posted by: biggerbox on December 16, 2009 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

Have the ambulances lined up ahead of time to take the "die-in" to the emergency room. Let the teabaggers figure out how they are going to pay for their non-dead. ROFLMAO

Posted by: Kevin on December 16, 2009 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

Al, who is doing this "suffering in government hospitals" to which you refer? What is the nature of this "suffering" and in what "government hospitals" is said "suffering" taking place?

HI AL! Here's a tissue to dab the crocodile tears from your eyes.

When will some of you learn not to respond to an obvious parody troll? I'm guessing not anytime soon.

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on December 16, 2009 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

Stupid street theater has in this country traditionally be an ineffective tool of the left. I find it fascinating that it has been adopted as an ineffective tool of the right. What's next? Puppets?

Posted by: Richard Hershberger on December 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

Could they do us a favor, and serve their country, and just die? The world is overpopulated as it is and we desperately need to lower the population of morons. It will be helpful if it's young ones that have yet to spawn.

Posted by: TCinLA on December 16, 2009 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Hey Al, you worthless moron - I love going to the "government hospital" run by the VA, where I get far better care than I did when I had gold-plated Hollywood health insurance that nobody can afford to have any more (not even the folks in Hollywood).

But I do enjoy your daily demonstration of the fact that bipeds lacking frontal lobes and opposable thumbs can use computers just like real people.

Posted by: TCinLA on December 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

I hate all you evil dims - just die.

Posted by: Al on December 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

Could it be that the AfP's anonymous minions suffer from certain compunctions about showing up for events where they run a serious risk of being arrested, booked, photographed, and identified. One does try to put a polite face on it. It seems to me that it is more like arranging for the Teabaggers to take those Nigerian checks to the bank.

Posted by: Jonathan Justice on December 18, 2009 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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