In his special comment tonight, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann hammered Sarah Palin for her death panel statement. He said, “Madam, you are a clear and present danger to the safety and security of this nation,” and suggested that she should not be allowed to hold any position of responsibility or trust at any level of government.
Here is the video:
Talking about Palin’s claims of an evil Obama death panel, Olbermann said, “There is no death panel. There is no judgment based on societal productivity. There is no worthiness test, but there is downright evil, and Ms. Palin you just served its cause. You shouted fire in a crowded theater, a hot theater, and then today tried to roll it back with, no, no sorry, not fire, I meant flashlights, too little, too late, too obvious.”
He continued, “Madam, you are a clear and present danger to the safety and security of this nation. Whether the death panel is something you dreamed, or something you dreamed up, whether it is the product of a low intellect and a fevered imagination, or the product of a high intelligence and a sober ability to exploit people, you should be ashamed of yourself for having introduced it into the public discourse, and it should debar you for all time from any position of responsibility or trust in the governance of this nation or any of its states or municipalities.”
Olbermann kept on going, “Ms. Palin you might as well have declared that the government is being run by a coven of witches with fake Kenyan birth certificates, and you might as well have told the vast unthinking throng that mistakes your ability to wink as leadership that they should start shooting at Democrats…”
Olbermann called Palin out on exploiting her kids, “And incidentally madam, you have also forfeited your right to be taken seriously the next you claim offense when somebody mentioning your children. You have just exploited your youngest child, dangled him in front of a mindless mob, as surely as if you were Michael Jackson. You have used this innocent infant as an excuse to pander to the worst and least of us in this nation. You have used him to create the false image of death panels. The only death panels Ms. Palin are the figurative ones you have inspired with such irresponsible, dangerous, facile, vile, hate speech, the death of common sense, the death of logic, the perhaps of democracy at the hands of mob rule.”
The host also took on Glenn Beck and the congressional Republicans who are spreading lies, like Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). He also took aim at the birthers and Lou Dobbs. He also took the time to make it clear that healthcare reform is not going to euthanize grandma, and that there is no death panels. It has come down to this, Republicans and healthcare reform opponents know that they can’t stop the bill, so they are trying to scare people away from it.
Sadly there are enough uninformed distrustful people out there that can be motivated by fear to make this tactic viable. He tried to debunk all of the lies about healthcare, but the problem is that the liberal MSNBC host is preaching to the choir. The viewers of his show already know the truth about the proposed healthcare reform.
It is those who would rather follow Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck who won’t take the time to think and learn the truth. The hard core right wingers will never support this proposal, but it is important that their noise not be allowed to overwhelm the debate and influence the confused middle, because there is where the fate of true reform rests.