Your ‘Patriotism’ is Depressing Me

More teabaggery outrage. This time, they are outraged that people would have the temerity to believe that access to healthcare would have saved the lives of their 24 year old daughter and unborn grandchild AND then talk about it at a meeting on healthcare reform.

Last week while researching claims from a local Tea Party activist, I found myself asking a family for proof that they had lost an unborn grandchild.

The family, Dan and Midge Hough, of Chicago, spoke in favor of health care reform and in support of U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) at a Nov. 14 town hall meeting in Oak Lawn.

Their daughter-in-law, Jenny, and an unborn grandchild died recently due in part, they believe, to a lack of health insurance. They said Jenny was not receiving regular prenatal care and ended up in an emergency room with double pneumonia that developed into septic shock. Her baby died in the womb, and Jenny died a few weeks later, leaving behind a husband and a 2-year-old daughter.

Catherina Wojtowicz, of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community, an organizer for a Tea Party splinter group, Chicago Tea Party Patriots, falsely claimed that the Houghs fabricated their story. In an e-mail, she called them operatives of President Barack Obama who “go from event to event and (cry) the same story.”

When the Houghs spoke at the Lipinski event, some Tea Partiers ridiculed them. They moaned and rolled their eyes and interrupted. Midge Hough began to cry.

The audience, Wojtowicz later explained, was exasperated by stories of isolated tragedies that cloud debate over the health care bill itself.

You can read the full article here.

Here is the video. Starting around 1.58 is when Midge Hough speaks about losing her daughter and unborn grandchild.

I am so very tired of this shit. Can we just get rid of all the bullshit and agree that it comes down to ONE issue: whether or not we, as represented by our government and tax dollars, have a duty to ensure that EVERYONE has access to healthcare?

If you don’t give a fuck that people go into bankruptcy because of the exorbitant costs of healthcare; awesome. If you have no problem with people dying just because they cannot access the healthcare system; then cool. If you are fine with the status quo and think it is just wonderful that we allow insurance companies to profit grossly by controlling access to the most basic needs of our citizens; fabulous.

But let’s be honest – your primary motivations are your own interests. You don’t want to be financially responsible for the welfare of others. I understand. I totally disagree, but I understand. However, don’t tell me that PATRIOTISM is the reason behind your belief, with the express implication that people that desire otherwise are somehow selfish/elitist/socialists simply because we believe that our government should act in the best interests of everyone.

Patriotism is the state of caring deeply about one’s country. But what the self-proclaimed ‘TEA party patriots’ don’t get is that there is a great distinction between individual subjective desires and the objective interests of our “Country.”  Our country isn’t defined by lower taxes. Or christianity. Or whatever personal belief or interest you wish to promote and protect. This country is objectively defined by its citizens and their collective work, creativity, ingenuity, and well-being.

If you feel that this country is going in the wrong direction, then do something about it. However, if you don’t like the direction it is going in because of the adverse effect it has on you, even though the direction is inarguably better for many others, don’t try to pretend that you are being selfless patriots. Because you aren’t. You are simply acting to protect your own interests.

So sack up and be honest about it.


  1. Dr. Monkey said,

    November 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Amen sweetie, amen.

  2. Vic said,

    November 23, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    That is SO very well said.

  3. The Queen said,

    November 23, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Mind if I share this all over the place?

  4. southern female lawyer said,

    November 23, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Share away, my Queen.

  5. Lori Ann Manis said,

    November 23, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    you nailed it

  6. Hannah said,

    November 23, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    That is the truth! Speak it, sister!

  7. COD said,

    November 24, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Most of my teabagger friends are completely straight about this. Their opposition to health care reform comes down to an irrational fear that somebody, somewhere, other than themselves, might benefit from their tax dollars.

  8. November 24, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Absolutely amazing how disgusting people can be. And then to justify the abuse those people received by saying that personal stories cloud the debate… there is no debate with these nutters, only shrill complaining about socialism that facts, logic and reasoning cannot possibly penetrate.

  9. Blue Daze said,

    November 26, 2009 at 12:17 am

    From Wojtowicz’ facebook page: info “Excellence is never an accident, it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunity.” Well, ok, she apparently sees obstacles as opportunity. Even if they are the dead bodies of others. …The high intention , intelligent direction and skillful execution part? Eh, not so much.

  10. Amy said,

    November 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Holy shit, you are hilarious. I needed this, after spending a few days with relatives who TiVo O’Reilly.

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