October 9, 2007
Since the bottom of the barrel is now the preferred environment of American conservatives, I guess I shouldn’t be shocked to hear that Michelle Malkin, Powerline and the little orcs of National Review Online and the Weekly Standard are attacking a 12-year-old boy and his family for the sin of speaking up against the wishes of King George II:
Two weeks ago, the Democratic radio address was delivered by a 12-year old Maryland boy named Graeme Frost. Graeme told his story of being involved in a severe car accident three years ago, and having received access to medical care because of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. He said:
If it weren’t for CHIP, I might not be here today. … We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program. But there are millions of kids out there who don’t have CHIP, and they wouldn’t get the care that my sister and I did if they got hurt. … I just hope the President will listen to my story and help other kids to be as lucky as me.
The right-wing immediately condemned Democrats for daring to put a human face on the SCHIP program at a time when Bush was proposing a “diminishment of the number of children covered.” Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) — who has posed with children to advance his own political agenda — claimed Graeme was being used “as a human shield.”
Conservatives have more recently turned their targets on young Graeme Frost himself. A poster at the Free Republic propagated information alleging that Frost was actually a rich kid being pampered by the government. Among other bits of information, the post by the Freeper “icwhatudo” asserts that Graeme and his sister Gemma attend wealthy schools that cost “nearly $40,000 per year for tuition” and live in a well-off home.
So now Malkin is slithering around, calling the family to badger them with ax-grinding questions, and the boy himself is being slimed. Since this is the same crowd where it’s all good fun to say that a boy who’s been kidnapped and molested over a period of time must have been enjoying himself because he didn’t have to go to school, I guess there’s no reason to be surprised at anything else these creeps will say.
One thing that can be said, beyond any doubt, is that these wingers have no principles worthy of the name. There only thought is to attack, instantly and viciously, whenever someone rises to question and cast doubt on wingnut dogma. What a contemptibl;e pack of sleazes.