Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lord, Sweet Jesus, give us strength as a nation, this is too much

This is the Republican Party. America is not like the Republican Party. This is shameful, disgusting and racist to the core. When will the leaders of the Republican Party have the BALLS to stand up to this and denounce it? Lastly, I don't like showing images like this, but this needs to be seen and ACTION needs to be taken.

This is being emailed and routed from a neurosurgeon, yes a doctor (wow, some doctors are racists!!!) in Florida and a delegate for the AMA. AMA, we are waiting for a statement.

Now, Tea Party activists trafficking in racist imagery are pretty much dog bites man. But McKalip isn't just some random winger. He's a Florida neurosurgeon, who serves as a member of the American Medical Association's House of Delegates.

He's also an energetic conservative opponent of health-care reform. McKalip founded the anti-reform group Doctors For Patient Freedom, as well as what seems to be a now defunct group called Cut Taxes Now. Last month he joined GOP congressmen Tom Price and Phil Gingrey, among others, for a virtual town hall to warn about the coming "government takeover of medicine." And in a recent anti-reform op-ed published in the St. Petersburg Times, McKalip wrote that "Congress wants to create larger, government-funded programs for health care and more bureaucracy that ration care and impose cookbook medicine."

Asked about the email in a brief phone interview with TPMmuckraker, McKalip said he believes that by depicting the president as an African witch doctor, the artist who created the image "was expressing concerns that the health-care proposals [made by President Obama] would make the quality of medical care worse in our country." McKalip said he didn't know who created it.

Read more, here.


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