While Ohio’s conservative bloggers have been surprisingly on-message with the Romney camp since the announcement of the ACA decision by the Supreme Court yesterday (taxes go up, elect Romney, repeal, etc), that isn’t true for all conservatives. Anger at the Supreme Court and President Obama is running rampant on the internet and beyond and we thought it worth sharing a little of the craziness.
OBAMA IS A NAZI
What conservative overreaction would be complete without a whole bunch of Nazi Germany references?
STRAIGHT UP RACISM
And some good, old-fashioned racism thrown in to the mix:
You have to love that the top two tweets also come from self proclaimed Christians, including @GodsLandGodsLaw a guy who typically spends all day tweeting about “teh gays” but took a short break today to enlighted the world with some racist comments about our President.
HEALTH CARE IS LIKE SLAVERY
As STFU conservatives points out, Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro took the opposite approach, claiming the ACA is akin to the 1835 Dred Scott decision that ruled Africans were property.
MotherJones’s response pretty much nails it:
yes: guaranteeing that an insurance company can’t turn down your hard-working self-employed boat-mechanic dad for his congenital arrhythmia, thus ensuring that an unpreventable medical incident won’t bankrupt him and his future generations, is exactly like a discredited 1835 court opinion that black people are property. Yes, you nailed it. Nice job.
The craziest reaction I’ve seen so far is from Blogger ToBeRight who actually went into full-on conspiracy mode, claiming David Axelrod threatened the lives of Chief Justice John Roberts family in order to get him to vote in favor of the health care law:
Someone got to Roberts. I bet they got to him and told him he has to vote this way or members of his family – kids, wife, parents, whoever – were going to be killed.
Crazy reactions weren’t limited to the online world.
Mike Pence, Congressman from Indiana and candidate for governor, attended a political event yesterday and “likened the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks”.
Yes, Mike. Providing health care to millions of uninsured Americans and preventing insurance companies from screwing their clients is EXACTLY like terrorists killing thousands of Americans.
Matt David, former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party, sent an email related to the ACA decision asking: “is armed rebellion today justified? God willing, this oppression will be lifted and America free again before the first shot is fired.”
And Mike Vanderboegh, the right-wing blogger who told his readers to break the office windows of Democratics, weighed in on the ACA decision saying “I am on record as advocating the right of defensive violence against a tyrannical regime.”
According to Think Progress, right-wing radio’s Michael Savage claimed that Chief Justice Roberts ruled in favor of the ACA because of “cognitive dissociation” associated with medication he takes. According to Savage “neurologists will tell you that medication used for seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, can introduce mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems. And if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive dissociation in what he is saying.”
JEAN SCHMIDT (enough said)
But favorite “reaction” so far has to be this one flagged by Cincinnati.com in which Cincinnati-area congresswoman Jean Schmidt is caught by MSNBC reacting to incorrect information about the ACA decision. (I REALLY wish we had video of her reaction when she got the REAL news):
Stay classy, conservatives. Stay classy.