Conservatives have no bullets left

The conservatives have stoked the right wing of their party to the max and have now run out of fuel. Need some convincing?

Exhibit 1: Phyllis Schlafly stated that the real evil in our society is feminism. It is the root of teen age drop out, joblessness and the hundreds of other ills of our society. Without a drop of evidence, she threw this out. Is this 1969? The problem isn’t dead beat dads who walk out and don’t take care of their business, but the problem is women?  The problem isn’t that our schools are underfunded because conservatives have defunded them for over 20 years, but is instead that women are standing up and saying that they won’t be punching bags any more? Schlafly has a typical conservative myopic view of the Republican party. See something you personally don’t like. Attack it. Blame it for all of the evil.

Exhibit 2: Representative Paul Broun (Republican, Georgia) held a town hall last week where a constituent suffering from major depression said he can’t afford insurance for his chronic condition. Being a good Republican, Representative Broun told this man that he needed to go to the emergency room. The stupidity of this statement cannot be emphasized enough. Treating chronic conditions in the emergency room is one of the reasons why we spent $2.2 trillion on health care in 2007. It is one of the prime reasons for escalating healthcare costs. Yet this representative is sending a constituent to the emergency room for a nonemergent problem. Secondly, chronic conditions, to be kept under control, need a long-term plan of therapy, especially mental conditions. This is the only way you can decrease relapses and increase this person’s productivity. (Original post is from Georgia Liberal)

Exhibit 3: Staunch conservative Senator Lindsey Graham appears to be “through” with the craziness from right wing extremists. He calls those who believe that Obama was born in Kenya “crazy.” Look for Lindsey Graham to back off of his strong statement in the next several days. I hope he doesn’t, but I bet he will.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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