Sunday, October 26, 2014

When Reality is The Concept You Just Pulled Out of Your Ass . . .

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And speaking of conservatives being frighteningly out of touch with reality:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says Ron Klain is "off to a bad start" in his new role as the president's Ebola response coordinator, and that the U.S. Surgeon General should be the one leading the effort. But what Chaffetz doesn't seem to realize is that there hasn't been a surgeon general for more than a year.
“Why not have the surgeon general head this up?" Chaffetz asked in a Wednesday appearance on Fox News. "I think that’s a very legitimate question. At least you have somebody who has a medical background whose been confirmed by the United States Senate.”
“It begs the question, what does the surgeon general do?" he added. "Why aren’t we empowering that person?”

So --- one of the leading voices of the tea party caucus in Congress runs to the media crying about Obama's selection of this ridiculous, irrational fear inspired post, which shall heretofore and forever be known as "Ebola Czar," complaining that the job should be headed up by the U.S. Surgeon General.

The punchline of this sad joke of course is that there presently is no U.S. Surgeon General, for the sole reason that the distinguished medical professional, Dr. Vivek Murthy, whom Obama nominated for the position over a year ago has had his nomination stalled by Jason Chaffetz and his teabagging caucus because the good doctor dared to send out a single tweet some time back stating his view that guns and gun violence are a public health issue - a view by the way - which is wholly within the bounds of accepted reality such as that practiced by people who live their lives in a reality-based world.

Dr. Murthy's tweet apparently upset the delicate sensibilities -- scratch that, these people have no sensibilities -- upset the delicate torpidity of the NRA goons and some of their neanderthal foot soldiers and so they have worked diligently with conservative Republicans to deny Dr. Murthy's ascension to this all-important public health position.  All of which has The Gadfly wondering what all of the good that there is which might be realized should the GOP ever decide to put forth the same efforts to helping working families, small business owners and other powerless Americans deal with their every day life issues, as they do in ratfucking everything Obama does and proposes.  One can dream . . . . .

Nonetheless, it's all the more evidence, piled on the already existing heap of evidence, that these modern day conservatives care much, much more about their tribal ideology and politics than they do about what is best for the country as a whole.  And if these are the non-thinking, uncaring assholes who you want controlling the levers of power in America, be apathetic and don't vote come November.


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