“Condoms On Wild Horses” And Other Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories

Last week I drew a cartoon to try and capture the fear-mongering that the GOP is resorting to in their attempts to block health care reform. The caption claimed that under the new health care system sponsored by the President and enacted by the Democratic Congress, organ donation would become mandatory, even if you were still alive!

By making such an outlandish claim, it was my purpose to call attention — and hopefully ridicule — the disinformation campaign now in full force from the right. It turns out that my caption wasn’t even that outlandish when you compare it to the stuff that’s coming from real members of the conservative legislature. It seems everyone is trying to top Michelle Bachman!

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) went on the radio — like in, there’s audio tape of this lunacy — to top my cartoon character:

We’ve been battling this socialist health care, the nationalization of health care, that is going to absolutely kill senior citizensThey’ll put them on lists and force them to die early because they won’t get the treatment as early as they need. […] I would rather stop this socialization of health care because once the government pays for your health care, they have every right to tell you what you eat, what you drink, how you exercise, where you live. […] But if we’re going to pay 700 million dollars like we voted last Friday to put condoms on wild horses, and I know it just says an un-permanent enhanced contraception whatever the heck that is. I guess it follows that eventually get around to doing it to us.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, I am not making this up! This elected representative actually said that they are going to put seniors on lists  and force them to die early!

Read the whole crazy post here. Think Progress is trying to keep up with the madness.

2 thoughts on ““Condoms On Wild Horses” And Other Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories

  1. Gregg's Health Insurance News July 27, 2009 / 6:54 pm

    Every side in this debate wants some sort of reform on the healthcare issue. This is serious stuff, and it needs to be completely vetted out on all sides of the argument before we decide to enact a new bill. I’m not happy with what’s being proposed right now, at all, but when I see these Republicans and Democrats going on these incendiary rants, it belittles the debate and polarizes the parties. I would really like to see everyone working together on this one, but the Democrats aren’t coming to the table with open arms, and even their own party is broken up over the current proposed legislation. But the Republicans need to get involved and propose their own health reform solutions or get involved in changing the one currently, and stop these counterproductive rants.

  2. scorp1234 July 28, 2009 / 1:36 pm

    If you live in a state that has adopted the 2006 Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, it is presumed that you are an organ donor unless they can find information contrary to their assumptions.

    Getting your name off any list or removing your consent from your driver’s license means absolutely nothing under the 2006 version of the act. Even if you have a written advanced healthcare directive that forbids the use of machines to keep your body alive, they can do so as long as they are working on your family or legal decision makers to determine your intent.

    Unfortunately, no state that has adopted the 2006 UAGA allows anyone register as a “no” or allows donation on condition of just compensation. Until now: you can register your desire and options under the law at http://www.DoNotTransplant.com.

    To learn more about your rights under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, visit http://www.DoNotTransplant.com

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