It’s hard to take people, or a political party, seriously whenever their opposition to something is so outrageous that it conjures up the odd mixtures of shock and laughter. It’s a weird situation where you don’t know if you should be offended (because the comments are clearly offensive), or just laugh because they’re so ridiculous that you’d have to be an absolute fool to take them seriously.
And when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, conservative hysteria has been at levels not seen since the days of the “red scare” and Joseph McCarthy’s irrational witch hunts for communists.
I’ve heard conspiracies ranging from the more mild “government takeover of our health care system” to the asinine “we’re going to be forcibly microchipped and our lives determined by death panels.”
It’s not even uncommon for conservatives to make some kind of Nazi Germany reference about “Obamacare.” Because what’s some good old-fashioned right-wing propaganda without a few comparisons to Nazi Germany?
Well, Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield took it to a whole other level by comparing the mandate in the Affordable Care Act to how Nazis forced Jewish people onto trains and into concentration camps.
Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for “train rides” for Jews in the 40s.
He then wrote a rebuttal to his critics in the comments section below the post, seemingly trying to take his foot out of his mouth but failing miserably yet again. He said that “Obamacare” opens up a “slippery slope” to taking away our freedoms much in the same way Germans did to Jewish people in the 40’s. He also tried to tie abortions into the whole thing. I guess that’s his attempt to get “pro-life” supporters on his side being that even his own party has condemned his ignorant comments.
Nothing quite like someone trying to justify their comments about “freedom” by attacking the abortion rights of women – which the Supreme Court ruled decades ago are Constitutionally protected.
He should also probably be informed that the mandate in “Obamacare” was originally supported by Republicans in the 90’s. Also, just a few years back, nearly the exact same law was passed by the Republican governor of Massachusetts (and former 2012 Republican presidential candidate) Mitt Romney.
He can try to spin these comments however he likes, but the bottom line is they’re just another example of the irrationally disgusting stance many Republicans have taken towards the Affordable Care Act.