Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Alan Grayson Refuses to Apologize; Mentions Holocaust

Remember when I said I didn’t expect Rep. Alan Grayson to apologize for his “Republicans want you to ‘Die Quickly’” comments?

I was right:

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., resisted GOP calls Wednesday to apologize for saying Republicans "want you to die quickly if you get sick."

The freshman congressman said the statement, which he made in brief remarks Tuesday night on the House floor, was triggered after he read an article by Harvard scientists claiming 44,000 Americans die every year because of a lack of health insurance.

"The speech I gave (Tuesday) was meant to underline the fact that we can't wait any longer. America really needs affordable, comprehensive, universal health insurance," Grayson said in an interview. "And the speech (Tuesday night) was, I think, motivated by my sense of urgency."

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., drafted a "resolution of disapproval" saying Grayson's conduct was "a breach of decorum and degraded the integrity and proceedings of the House." The language in Price's resolution is similar to that used by the Democrats to rebuke Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., who shouted "You lie!" during President Obama's address to Congress on Sept. 9.

Once again, I do not see a comparison between Grayson and Wilson. Grayson was given the privilege to say what he said no matter how offensive people thought it was; Wilson was not. Wilson interrupted the President’s speech, which directly goes against decorum.

Then again, claiming that your opposing party is a bunch of heartless fear mongers who could care less if you die without health insurance probably goes against decorum as well.

Price delayed its introduction to give Grayson another chance to apologize to the Republican House leadership. Grayson took the floor again Wednesday but refused to apologize to the Republicans. Referring to the Harvard study, he said, "I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America."

He compares the lack of government healthcare to the Holocaust! When PETA compares slaughterhouses to the Holocaust, that’s considered anti-Semitic. When pro-lifers compare abortion clinics to the Holocaust, that’s considered anti-Semitic. So now that Grayson has compared the lack of government-run healthcare to the Holocaust, what should we consider him?

I’m just saying.