Stabbing babies to fight healthcare reform
WASHINGTON -- This summer's town halls on healthcare reform have seen protesters calling President Obama a Nazi, yelling at members of Congress, and spouting all sorts of bogus "facts" mostly gleaned from listening to Glenn Beck. So you'd think it would be tough to turn them into even more of a farce than they already are.
Then again, that's what Randall Terry is for.
The deposed founder of Operation Rescue has decided to join the healthcare reform opponents' bandwagon, apparently figuring any movement that includes devotees of Lyndon LaRouche, Birthers and other extremists is too good to pass up. So he's been organizing protests outside town halls for the last few days, zipping around Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky to bring his own particular brand of crazy to the healthcare debate.
Terry, of course, last made national political news the week after an antiabortion zealot murdered Dr. George Tiller; Terry said Tiller was to blame for his own death, then invited reporters to buy him beer and chicken wings. His involvement in any right-wing cause is almost certain these days once the cause gets enough attention in the media. Earlier this spring, he was arrested at the University of Notre Dame, protesting Obama's speech there, and a few years ago, he glommed on to the sad tale of Terri Schiavo, popping up as the spokesman for her relatives who opposed taking her off life support.
So far, his healthcare protests are off to an equally classy start. In Chattanooga, Tenn., he was nearly arrested Saturday while standing outside a federal courthouse stabbing baby dolls, because he hadn't obtained the proper permits for the demonstration. In Nashville on Sunday, one of Terry's cronies put on an Obama mask and pretended to mug pedestrians walking by.
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My favorite reaction to this from the crowd is in The Tennessean:
"I think this is a disgrace," said 13-year-old Jontrez London of Nashville. "Obama's trying to save people. He ain't gonna try to kill an old lady."
Another baby doll went flying and 14-year-old Malcolm Wells shook his head and sighed.
"These are adults acting like children," he said.
Four for you, guys.