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Bishop heckled at Himes town hall meeting

by: Bob Adams

Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 12:21:48 PM EDT


(Cross-posted from ConnecticutBob.com)

Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04) held an open town hall meeting in Norwalk last night to share ideas about the current health care issue.  

During the meeting, Stamford Bishop Emilio Alvarez (pictured) asked a question in Spanish. The bishop knows that Himes is fluent in Spanish, having been born in Peru and spending some of his childhood in various South American countries.

Bishop Emilio Alvarez

Bob Adams :: Bishop heckled at Himes town hall meeting
The town hall audience of roughly 1,200 people were made up of a clear majority of voters who support health care reform.  But there was a very vocal minority of anti-reform people who reacted loudly to Bishop Alvarez's question.  

Fairfield County, which comprises a large part of the 4th congressional district, has roughly 11% Spanish-speaking residents, and according to the 2000 census only 76% of the population considers English their first language.  

Yet throughout the course of the evening, only a single question was asked in Spanish, and it elicited a near-hysterical reaction from the anti-reform crowd.  Listen to the anger in the video, and Himes's measured response to their naked hostility:

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Disturbia (4.00 / 1)
I was trying to figure out which was worse: the teabaggers who shouted down this Spanish speaking clergyman who lost his health insurance, or the moron-in-a-suit who tried to rip the microphone away from the woman fighting cancer.

Those teabagger assholes value free speech only when they are the ones speaking.  

It's time for Himes and the Democrats to put an end to this political theater and get back to work. Honestly, if the Democrats can't deliver on meaningful health care reform, what good are they? We have a worsening war in Afghanistan, a corrupt financial system, and a death-by-spreadsheet health care system, and we're wasting time with these assholes in Norwalk.  


Disturbia (0.00 / 0)
I was trying to figure out which was worse: the teabaggers who shouted down this Spanish speaking clergyman who lost his health insurance, or the moron-in-a-suit who tried to rip the microphone away from the woman fighting cancer.

Those teabagger assholes value free speech only when they are the ones speaking.  

It's time for Himes and the Democrats to put an end to this political theater and get back to work. Honestly, if the Democrats can't deliver on meaningful health care reform, what good are they? We have a worsening war in Afghanistan, a corrupt financial system, and a death-by-spreadsheet health care system, and we're wasting time with these assholes in Norwalk.  


What blatant bigotry (4.00 / 1)
It's no surprise that these people who oppose health care reform are the most ignorant, bigoted people in our community.  They think they are helping to stop reform, but they are simply exposing themselves as the ignorant extremists they are, and that revelation should cause decent people to understand that if these violent bigots are against reform, they should definitely be for it.

It Was Shameful (0.00 / 0)
Those people shouted down the man speaking Spanish. They also shouted down two women with serious health problems who were trying to tell their stories.

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semi-OT (0.00 / 0)
Everyone should note that the Bridgeport town hall meeting tonight has been moved to a larger venue: the Klein Theater at 910 Fairfield Avenue.

(The change shows up in the event column over on the left, but I thought someone should post it somewhere.)


State Sen Toni Boucher (4.00 / 2)
If you watch the video, at aprox 34-37 seconds, take note of State Senator Toni Boucher shaking her head in disapproval (along with the audience) of the bishop requesting to speak in Spanish.

She is seated in the first row along side State Senator Judith G. Freedman (or located under the Bishop's right hand in the video)

Unreal...


Boucher may end up being Himes' challenger, no? (0.00 / 0)
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No - Republicans do not have a qualified candidate... unless (0.00 / 0)
Obama and Senate Democrats cave on health care reform, in which case any sociopath parading as a Republican could win any of a number of House seats.

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Nice Catch (0.00 / 0)
That's embarassing. She ought to know better. I'm in her district and have found her generally very receptive and reasonable on most issues. This is highly disappointing.

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Toni shows her true colors agreeing with the Beck-Dobbs jingoists (0.00 / 0)


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former State Sen Judith Freedman is next to Boucher (0.00 / 0)
When Freedman decided not to run for reelection, Toni Boucher stepped in.  Judy, here, is shown shuffling papers and laughing -- not unlike her time in office.

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Also (0.00 / 0)
Judy Freedman was a regular laptop video game player in the Senate circle. It's actually remarkable that nobody roped her into this nonsense fight over people playing Solitaire.

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This video exposes exactly who these bigoted asshats are (4.00 / 2)
They're the exact same jerks who showed up at Sarah Palins events and  today couldn't tell you one thing that's in any 3 of the House health care reform Bills or the Senate health care reform Bill that have already  passed out of committee.

I had one of these clowns in my home right before the election because he was the helper to the guy putting in a new bathroom floor in my home.He told me flat out  "This country will never elect a nigger President,you just watch!!",and without a camera in their face the screamers in this video would use the EXACT SAME LANGUAGE today.

People like that guy and the asshats in this video had there world shattered and I'll admit I think it's a beautiful thing to witness there world collapse along with there relevence.



Sociopaths (4.00 / 5)
I was at this event, and it was clear that there was a 3-to-1 or perhaps even 4-to-1 majority on hand supporting health care reform with a public option.  This rather stunning turnout by local progressives clearly caught the angry opponents of reform off guard, and they felt compelled to be even louder and more abusive, perhaps as a defense of their delusional, ignorant world.

They booed and heckled this Hispanic Bishop.  They booed and heckled cancer victims.  They booed and heckled doctors who shared real-life stories about the inability to provide proper care for many due to insurance company and financial issues.  They booed and heckled a former insurance executive who told of his frustration in not being able to offer decent policies at reasonable costs.  They booed and heckled anyone who didn't share their ignorance, fear and prejudice.

Sociopaths -- the face and base of the Republican party.  


Jim Himes interview w Peruvian TV (4.00 / 1)

From Aug 28 09.

Himes was born in Lima, Peru.


Wonkette (4.00 / 3)
Picked this up and gave MLN a nod.

 
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