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Class War Heroes / October 1, 2009

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The health care billionaires are going ape-shit over Rep. Alan Grayson, because he represents their worst nightmare: a Democrat with balls. Grayson is responding exactly the way a politician in this battlefield should do when attacked: the more they go after him, the more Grayson fights back and goes on the offensive. Liberals aren’t supposed to do that. It’s as though he violated some unwritten rule that’s shocked even his supposedly-liberal “allies.” Now that it’s clear that this guy Grayson isn’t easily-cowed like the rest of his spineless liberal colleagues, the billionaires have decided to go nuclear: now they’re accusing Grayson of being a Jew-hater. Seriously. And this lie is spreading fast.

According to the rightwing site Redstate.com, Alan Grayson believes the Anti-Defamation League a “crazy, racist institution.” Did Grayson really say that? Is there any evidence he “believes” it, as Redstate claims? Redstate isn’t hyperlinking the source of that accusation, because it’s obviously bullshit. But for the rightwing echo chamber, all that matters is that it’s been posted on Redstate–that’s sourced enough. Already the internet is filled with unsourced, unattributed accusations that Grayson thinks Jews are crazy racists.

This is what happens when you fuck with the billionaires’ blood profits.

So, folks, don’t get your hopes up too high about Rep. Grayson’s crusade just yet. Grayson is being taught the hard way that the role of a Congressman is not to represent the people who elected him as a counterbalance to powerful moneyed interests; the role of a Congressman is to provide cover for the billionaires while they plunder the country at their leisure. In our pretend democracy, we pretend to vote for change, and they pretend to effect that change. And we take it cycle after cycle, because after all, we’re free, we have the best system in the world. In reality, the billionaires control this place in a way that must make Russia’s oligarchs green with envy, which is why it made no real difference that the Democrats won a supermajority and control the executive and legislative branches. As the finance committee vote against the public option showed, the billionaires run the show.

Grayson was getting dangerous enough the way he grilled Fed officials to find out where our trillions went to. For example, this amazing grilling of the Fed’s Inspector General, where she admitted she had no idea where taxpayer trillions went to, and she believed it wasn’t the Inspector General’s job to find out…or Grayson’s grilling of Ben Bernanke to find out which foreigners were given $500,000,000,000 in taxpayer money.

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Redstate.com waffentwerp Erick Erickson grows fat on the billionaire-backed “Americans For Prosperity” teat.

But now that he’s shown he’s willing to fight, gloves-off, for the lives of 45,000 Americans who die every year in order to further enrich a handful of health care industry billionaires, they’ve decided that it’s time to Grayson as well. Nothing kills a career quicker in this country than accusations of anti-Semitism or racism, however full of shit. Erick Erickson, a doughy waffentwerp who’s proven himself to be among of the billionaires’ most reliable pseudo-patriot proxies, is leading the smear from his Redstate.com, and who knows, in this fucked-up country, with everyone piling on Grayson like they did on CNN, he may be toast. (Props to Dylan Ratigan for not going Blitzer on Grayson when he brought him on his show.)

Support Grayson while you can, folks. Because his little experiment in old-fashioned representative democracy isn’t likely to last long. The billionaires are closing in. As Mr. Lebowski said, “The bums will always lose.”

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  • 1. Antonio B.  |  October 1st, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Fuck

  • 2. Brad  |  October 1st, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Damn, your site kicks ass!

    We need to get fark.com and digg.com to link you guys more, pretty much all your articles are pure gold.

  • 3. Lurker, A.  |  October 1st, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I remember seeing Rep. Grayson on CNN while channel-flipping last night, and after hearing his lines I laughed out loud. I mean, a Democrat who not only refused to apologize for his remarks, but actually continued attacking his accusers? OMG, that’s hilarious, especially when you saw the three oligarch appeasers and Wolf Blitzer practically crapping themselves!

    It’s a damn shame that the forces of the status quo are either going to convert him to their cause or marginalize him pretty soon, just like they did with Howard Dean in 2004. Looks like Grayson has got to learn the hard way that you do not fuck with our oligarchy.

  • 4. Jack Reynolds  |  October 1st, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I found the source for the “crazy racist institution” claim. Grayson hired Matt Stoller, some liberal blogger poindexter, as a senior policy consultant. Stoller has a blog post on OpenLeft.org wherein he discusses AIPAC: http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=9549

    Stoller responded to a reader’s comment and called ADL a “crazy racist institution” here: http://www.openleft.com/showComment.do;jsessionid=6C8A0A9958672B66AECEF476A582E4E8?commentId=121669

    I’m not sure if that last URL will work since it has a session ID in it. But you can go to the blog post and do a search for “crazy racist” and get to the comment.

    I’ll do some more Google-ing and see if I can find where this started. It would be fun to know.

    Also, Frank Luntz is a cocksucker.

    I originally posted this comment on the Jon Stewart piece, because I’m overly caffeinated and have too many tabs open.

  • 5. Seymour Butz  |  October 1st, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Grayson has also become the banking cartel’s public enemy #1 as the most aggressive partisan of H.R. 1207/Federal Reserve Transparency who can’t be dismissed as a far right nut. You’re not supposed to think you know more than Summers, Bernanke, Paulson, Geithner and their best pals at Goldman Sachs, because you’re just some yokel from Orlando while they have yachts and mansions in West Egg. So of course he’s just a hick anti-semite… Uh, with a Harvard Law degree and an amazing legal and business career… And smart as fuck with a nasty adversarial streak… Uh-oh!

  • 6. Jack Reynolds  |  October 1st, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I registered at Red State with the username LuntzLicker to comment on their smear piece only to find out that I’ve not been registered long enough to enjoy comment privileges. This is what their site told me, “Error: You have not been registered long enough to comment.”

    I guess they had so many people registering just to call them out that it was too much effort to actively police the comments. Losers.

    My comment was titled “I’m a total neocon, but even I won’t go this far”. Here’s what I can’t post:

    It was actually Grayson’s policy advisor – a craven loser and possible homosexual named Matt Stoller – who, in a blog comment responding to one of his readers, called ADL a “crazy racist institution.” It was not Grayson.

    How do I know this? Because the Real Americans at RedState have already reported it: http://www.redstate.com/rs_insider/2009/05/01/alan-grayson-has-some-explaining-to-do/?preview=true

    I don’t know how the good people at Red State can make such a mistake. It’s actually shaken my belief in your sincerity. Please correct this for me. I don’t want to lose another news outlet to claims of propagandizing simply because a writer didn’t research his own employer’s website.

    I have a neighbor with a journalism degree. Her professors would automatically give a paper a failing grade if the student so much as misspelled a name. Think about that.

  • 7. Simon  |  October 1st, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    According to Wikipedia he’s Jewish. Isn’t kind of hard to paint a Jew as anti-Semitic?
    It’ll be interesting to see how that goes over.

  • 8. aleke  |  October 1st, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    http://www.openleft.com/diary/15336/defend-alan-grayson

    I donated to the fucker!

  • 9. Neil  |  October 1st, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    It’s true.
    The ADL is a crazy, racist institution.
    Good for Grayson if he actually had the guts to say it.
    Shame on Ames for avoiding the real issue, Zionist control of the United States.

  • 10. buzz kimball  |  October 1st, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    a democrat with balls… get real !!!

  • 11. geo8rge  |  October 1st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    On the fed thing Grayson smells some of that Ron Paul money bomb money.

    Also worth noting is the democrat plan is in no way simple or obvious. Ultimately the costs built into the system are too big.

  • 12. rossiya  |  October 1st, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    >According to Wikipedia he’s Jewish. Isn’t
    ?kind of hard to paint a Jew as anti-Semitic?

    Maybe he only hates Arab Semites

  • 13. Audi  |  October 1st, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Alan Grayson is Jewish. Kinda pokes a gaping hole into this smear campaign…

  • 14. phone  |  October 1st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    @7

    Marx was Jewish and he didn’t have a lot of love for his brethren.

  • 15. wengler  |  October 1st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Calling a Jew an anti-Semite probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but I gotta believe that maybe someday the shit-hurlers might actually have to pay for their stupidity.

  • 16. Jack Reynolds  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I still have not been registered long enough to comment on a RedState.com post.

    Also, Frank Luntz is a cocksucker.

  • 17. peterock  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 5:43 am

    yes yes yes yes yessss! i love this guy more by the day.

    audit the fed.. call the healthcare bloodsuckers out.. while i love what he’s doing, a publicly desclosed fed audit will probably wipe out most bank equity… buy it’s not worth the paper its printed on anyway let em fall!

  • 18. vcs  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 9:23 am

    ADL is indeed a crazy , racist organization. They are anti Arab racists who exploit the memory of Holocaust and who support any and every crime Israel commits.

    I don’t think Grayson has the balls to say so. Then he would indeed be finished and his political career would be over.

  • 19. Connors  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Grayson’s CNN appearance was awesome. Carville, Blitzer, etc. looked like they’d seen a ghost or something.

    Seeing as how Grayson is apparently Jewish, I take it the anti-Semite charge won’t hold. It’ll be interesting to see what else they can come up with…He’s a tough mutherfucker. They’ll probably just try to keep him off the air. Obviously, they can’t argue with the guy. They’ve proved that much.

  • 20. Frank McG  |  October 2nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Is there a bigger useless twat on television than Wolf Blitzer?

  • 21. Hosswire  |  October 3rd, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Grayson for Prez, 2012. Obama used up his balls kicking the shit out of the most hated woman in America in the primary.

  • 22. Jeff Albertson  |  October 4th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Altogether now – He must be a self-hating Jew. I like him though; all he needs is a ponytail, some nail polish and a mute sidekick.

  • 23. Lee  |  October 5th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    What a bunch of Morans.

    They obviously don’t realize the man is JEWISH!

    Jesus Fucking Christ.

  • 24. Lee  |  October 5th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I don’t know how, but somehow i was able to comment. HA!

  • 25. Vlad  |  October 5th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    @14
    Marx had Jewish ancestry but his parents were evangelical baptists and he turned atheist (or rather, non-religious) himself.

    Grayson is religiously Jewish. You can have Jewish ancestry and hate religious Jews because of their religion (and their culture, since non-religious jews often adopt another), but you can’t be religiously Jewish and hate Jews, it makes no freaking sense. Communitarism and the pride of belonging to God’s chosen people are pillars of the Jewish faith. It’d be as illogical as a Christian hating Jesus.

    I’m greatly amused by the right wing smearing Grayson because of that comment, as well. How many times have I heard republicans claim the ADL was infringing upon their freedom of speech and had racial bias?
    Hypocrites much?

  • 26. porkers-at-the-trough  |  October 7th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    uhh, Mark…. take a chill pill.
    Rep. Grayson is Jewish.

    And as a child, he required a series of expensive operations to combat a deadly illness… and he remembers fearing that his operations would be cancelled, because his father was a union tradesman, and he remembers watching a strike, not knowing for sure if the strike wouldn’t get his father fired, and health care cancelled.

    (hope that helps, at least in this one case)

  • 27. zedhex  |  October 11th, 2009 at 4:03 am

    I’m jewish – at least, genetically. I am also a total athiest, and I would probably do a little dance if the US stopped financing Israel. If that qualified me as a jew-hater, then so be it. Accusing Jews of being anti-semitic is nothing new.

  • 28. Erik  |  October 12th, 2009 at 4:05 am

    I see Mark Ames is back on the bennies.

    Well done, Ames, your site is kicking ass again!

  • 29. Snarky  |  October 13th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Discredit the fucking shitheads. Russians have more guts than Americans. When Pavel Felgenhauer criticized the Russian Army for daring to defend themselves, posing as a Russian, (he’s actually a Neocon) the Russians had enough of his ass, and had every single true historian critique Felgenhauer. Nowadays, any publication carrying Felgenhauer’s name in Russia is automatically discredited.

    When blogger CYXUMU (Sukhumi) posed as Abkhaz, (Abkhaz and Russians are allies,) and talked about what a great guy Saakashvili was, the Russians exposed his first name, last name, address, date of birth, some bank numbers, hacked his computer, and took down several mass sites, like Facebook, to ensure that CYXUMU shuts the fuck up.

    The Russians are tired of this shit, and they sure aren’t taking anymore of it. Why Americans still put up with this shit is beyond me. And what do the Neocons do to protect Felgenhauer and CYXUMU? They launched a series of articles that went “Russia Bad”. In other words, they couldn’t do jack shit. And the Neoturds left Russia alone. Maybe there’s an answer there, somewhere….DON’T PUT UP WITH THIS BULLSHIT! DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! If 100 people rush a tank, the tank is fucked, not the people.

  • 30. Mr.Carrot28  |  October 22nd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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