Poke78, 9/ 2/2009 - 11:05am "Rall sure never lets the facts stand in the way of his rants, does he?
Fact: the protester in NH was separated from the President's venue by several blocks and several hours. He had permission to be where he was. There was never any direct threat to The Annointed One. I am certain the Secret Service would have acted had there been a threat in someplace more than Ted Rall's fevered imagination.
Fact: the protester with an AR15-model rifle in AZ was a black man. Yet, Rall finds it necessary to launch into a KKK broad-brush rant a mere two paragraphs later in his column. Further note, most of the media have cropped that picture to take away the easily-noted fact about this man's race. I wonder why they would do that?
Fact: in both venues, both men were absolutely within their rights and the laws of the state to be armed. That would be why the authorities did not act - there was no cause.
This debate is not about healthcare alone. People are waking up to observe that the government is intruding further into their lives and they are realizing that there is a broader debate. Healthcare is merely a metaphor in this moment. Actually, cap and trade is more intrusive to our everyday life but it just hasn't risen to the top yet.
As to John Lott being "too clever by half", I would suggest that Ted should take a look in the mirror. Rall set out in the column to show us his intellect. I would suggest he shows us his rear end instead."
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