Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wally Herger and the Town Hall Meeting in Redding

The debate about public health care rages on in the US (the richest country in the world and still the number one reason for bankruptcy in the country is health care!!!). However, I do not write to declare my views on health care. To address the public's concern over health care folks from the Congress and Senate have been giving 'town hall' style meetings where people from the community can come ask questions and have their concerns addressed. My area is represented by Congressman Wally Herger.

At a meeting in Redding a man named Bert Stead stood up and called himself a "proud right wing terrorist". Now, I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon and condemn this man. Instead, I'm going to post the video and let you all make a decision for yourself. The video is just over two minutes long.

And for a bit more information, here's a news article from about the event.

What if the man proclaiming himself 'a proud right wing terrorist' had been of Middle-Eastern descent? Would the people have cheered then? Men have been tortured and held for years in Guantanamo Bay for being suspected of being terrorists, let alone loudly proclaiming they are. A few examples: Maher Arar, Muhammad Faraj Ahmed Bashmilah and countless nameless others. Bert Stead is a white guy and so there's no ensuing investigation, no detention and nor should there be. But Congressman Herger should've corrected him and told him that use of the word terrorist, particularly in today's world, is unacceptable. If Herger failed to say that at the time, which he did, then after the fact he should apologize and attempt to correct his mistake. It's irresponsible on his part and I hope the people who vote for him take it as seriously as I do.


JIM said...

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Is finally
And permanently
And abandoned -
Everywhere is war -
Me say war.

That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a mans skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes -
Me say war.

That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race -
Dis a war.

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained -
Now everywhere is war - war.

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
That hold our brothers in angola,
In mozambique,
South africa
Sub-human bondage
Have been toppled,
Utterly destroyed -
Well, everywhere is war -
Me say war.

War in the east,
War in the west,
War up north,
War down south -
War - war -
Rumours of war.
And until that day,
The african continent
Will not know peace,
We africans will fight - we find it necessary -
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory

Of good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah! /fadeout/


Matt said...

proud: highly gratifying to the feelings or self-esteem

right-wing: members of a conservative or reactionary political party, or those opposing extensive political reform.

terrorist: a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.


So, in summary, this person's conservative and reactionary views — which incorporate the use of violence and coercion for compliance — make him feel good about himself.

I guess the influence of one's leaders can never be underestimated.