Cheering Death, Booing Compassion: What Freedom's All About

Abby Zimet

Low point of the CNN/Tea Party debate has to be when the GOP audience cheered and screamed "Yeah!" when crank Ron Paul suggested letting the uninsured die because "that's what freedom's all about." Runner-up: When they booed him for suggesting not all Muslims are terrorists and 9/11 might actually sort of have something to do with U.S. actions. This and the last debate's cheering of Texas' body count makes us hurt. And leaves us  speechless, except for asking an absurdly inadequate question: Who are these people?


Cheering letting a hypothetical young man die who doesn't have insurance:

Booing the notions that all Muslims aren't terrorists, they're angry about things the U.S. has done, and Palestinians don’t get “fair treatment.”

The debate in 75 seconds, which is more than it deserves:

FRIENDS: Now More Than Ever

Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Share This Article

More in: