I really need to stop saying, “Republicans can’t get much more ridiculous than (fill in the blank)” when writing some of my articles, because Republicans always seem determined to prove me wrong. And it’s happened once again.
Now I fully expected a lot of outlandish anti-Obamacare rhetoric coming from conservatives as they face the glaring reality they can no longer deny—the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.
But what I just saw was absolutely reprehensible. In two of the most disgusting pieces of political garbage I’ve possibly ever watched, the Koch brothers have funded (through a conservative front group) two similar anti-Obamacare ads that words simply can’t do justice in describing. So here they are.
First for the ladies:
Now for the men:
Admittedly, I laughed when I first saw both of them. Honestly, I couldn’t tell if they were trying to be funny or not. They’re simply so ridiculous I had to make sure it wasn’t some skit from Saturday Night Live.
Then when I watched them a couple of times, I realized just how pathetic they both are.
First, the female version shows a woman going in for some kind of OB/GYN exam (something that is extremely personal) with some creepy looking Uncle Sam mock up rising up between her legs. Are you kidding me?
For the last time, the Affordable Care Act is not a government takeover of health care. It’s basically insurance reform—that’s it. So this ad instantly lies about “government taking over health care.” Then it exploits a very intimate moment in a woman’s life to try to make women feel fearful and helpless over their own bodies. It’s simply an absolutely pathetic and disgusting attempt to try to smear the health care law.
Then we have the male version, which is equally as asinine. Following the revelation that the male patient had insurance through Obamacare the doctor then instructs him to take off his pants and get into a fetal position—something which the patient seems shocked by as whatever he went to see the doctor for would have nothing to do with either of those requirements.
So what is this saying? Once a doctor finds out you have insurance through Obamacare they can do whatever they want to you? Yes, because that’s perfectly logical.
The patient then proceeds to take off his pants, lie down in a fetal position and have that same creepy Uncle Sam mock up come up from behind him and strap on a rubber glove, insinuating that the patient is about to get something shoved somewhere he’s not going to enjoy.
These television spots are simply some of the most disgusting and ridiculous things I’ve ever witnessed. It reminds me of something I’d see in some cheesy comedy mocking politics. They damn sure shouldn’t be legitimate political advertisements paid for by billionaires who are actively trying to buy our government and influence policy.
But that’s exactly what they are. Right-wing rhetoric created by lunatics.
No sane person can watch either of these videos and actually take them seriously. Sure, many will watch them and take them seriously—but that doesn’t mean they’re mentally stable. And they’re damn sure not intelligent.
Even now I can’t believe either of them are real. It’s absolutely insane to think that this is what the Republican party and the conservative movement has become. Sure, I’ve rarely agreed with anything they’ve done—but this?
It’s total garbage. I know it, you know it and even they know it.
But they also know their supporters are so damn dense and misinformed they’ll eat this lunacy right up with a terrified scowl on their face.
Because if Republicans are one thing, it’s easily manipulated by irrational fear based on conservative propaganda.
And that’s exactly what these videos are—mythical, radical, right-wing propaganda. At this point, we should expect nothing less from some sleazy conservative front group funded by the scum of the earth known as the Koch brothers.