THE INHUMANITY OF HARRY REID
There are certain defining moments in life when circumstances reveal our true characters. On Wednesday of last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid experienced one of those defining moments. He revealed to the world a very dark and ugly core, a center that is crass even to the point of sacrificing life for his own selfish political agenda.
Reid had an exchange with CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that is one of the most remarkable events of his career. So obsessed with blaming Republicans for the partial government shut down, Reid is even willing to sacrifice children dying of cancer to score political points.
It is precisely that kind of imperial hubris shorn of decency and integrity that makes Harry Reid a very dangerous man. House Republicans have taken the reasonable position that Congress ought to pass funding measures for specific government programsn, limiting the funding debate to one program, Obamacare. President Obama and Senator Reid have taken a categorical all or nothing approach in response. They are demanding funding for every program or no funding for any program (a Kamikaze tactic).
As the partial government shut down continues, public opinion may shift with most blaming the President and the Democrats in Congress for not compromising, so long as Republicans appear ready to favor spending bills that finance nearly all government functions with the exception of Obamacare.
The Obama/Reid categorical approach is now putting the Democrats in the position of maintaining the government shut down, because were they to agree on funding for everything but Obamacare, the shut down would end.
While in the big scheme of things we may blame every elected official for dysfunctional government, there is no question but that the President, Senator Reid, and the Democrats in Congress are now maintaining the crisis and milking it for all that it is worth in political terms, aiming to achieve gains in the mid-term 2014 elections. They are counting on the American people being dupes, but the public may soon realize that they are to blame for not agreeing to spending bills that cover all aspects of government operations except Obamacare. IN short, whether the government reopens or remains partially closed is entirely in their hands, so long as House Republicans keep offering to fund nearly all programs except Obamacare.
The House passed a measure to restore funding for children undergoing clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health. Six new NIH studies are on hold. Some 20 children need access to NIH clinical trials but are being denied because of the shut down. Ten of those children are dying from cancer and are in critical need.
When put on the spot this past Wednesday about an emergency House bill hat would ensure that these children were given the treatments they need, Harry Reid became incredulous, criticizing CNN’s Dana Bash for even asking him the question. Reid blasted Bash: “To have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing means you’re . . . irresponsible and reckless.”
In other words, Senator Reid thought the question impertinent and inconvenient, even though it directly concerned the fate of 30 children, including 10 with cancer. Indeed, Reid refuses to sign the bill or even bring it up for a vote. Of all people, the Senate Majority Leader, the one directly responsible for inaction on this critical bill, Harry Reid owes it to the American people to explain in detail why he is willing to sacrifice the lives of these children. This is no trifling matter. Reid will be partly to blame if any of these kids dies because they were not given access to the treatments.
For his imperial refusal to answer to Bash who spoke for the children in need and to all of us, along with his condemnable refusal to even allow the bill to come up for a vote, Reid will answer to his maker. Before then, however, the people of Nevada should send him packing, back to some barren over-heated spot in the desert outside of Las Vegas.
In this one instance, Harry Reid has proven himself to be a petty, callous, heartless, politically driven, and immoral man. If there was any doubt remaining, we now know his true colors. He lacks basic decency, compassion, and integrity.
Here is the infamous colloquy Reid had with CNN’s Bash:
BASH TO REID: You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds the NIH. Will you, at least, pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that republicans are?
REID TO BASH: . . . .What right do they have to pick and choose what part of government’s going to be funded? [Earth to Reid: What right? Try the Constitution’s Origination Clause, Article I, Section 7]
BASH TO REID: But if you can help one child, why won’t you do it?
REID TO BASH: I, Listen . . .Why, why, why would we want to do that? I have, I have 1100 people at Nellis Air Force Base that are sitting home. They have, they have a few problems of their own. This is, to have someone of your intelligence suggest such a thing maybe means you’re as irresponsible and reckless.
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In other words, according to the imperial guide book of Harry Reid, if you do not like the question, attack the questioner. Moreover, according to the book of illogic by Harry Reid, 1,100 people temporarily out of work in his state at Nellis Air Force Base are of greater consequence than 30 children in need of medical treatment, including 10 dying of cancer. That he would make such a comparison is shocking. The comparison is illogical, and the suggestion that inconvenience trumps life is grotesque and immoral. Reid would risk the deaths of children to maintain his political position in the fight with House Republicans. How is that not, to quote Reid, “irresponsible and reckless?”
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