tv Politics Nation MSNBC October 1, 2013 3:00pm-3:18pm PDT
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the desperation from the right wing has been remarkable to watch. they've compared the new health care law to communism, to terrorism, to slavery, and now this. >> correct me if i'm wrong, if they sign up to the exchange, then they'll have it. so it's getting them out of the house or the crack house or wherever they are to get it to sign up. but if they sign up, they have it. >> the crack house? millions of uninsured including millions of american children, but they must be crack heads? really? and it's not just one out of touch tv personality saying it. congresswoman michele bachmann says quote, president obama can't wait to get americans addicted to crack cocaine of dependency on more government
health care. addicted to crack cocaine, comparing health care opportunity to getting hooked on crack cocaine. let's remember this comes from the same esteemed member of congress who once said that obama care, quote, literally kills people. but the nastiness doesn't end there. here's rush limbaugh today. >> school kids, i found out, still going to get breakfast, lunch, snack, ecstasy, whatever else they get. all of the welfare checks and all of the food stamp cards are still usable. they have not been shut down. everybody in obama's base depending on government is going to have a fine day. >> so what's with all this coded language? food stamps, drugs, slavery. is this really about the health care bill?
or is it about something more personal? and ugly. joining me now is dana mil bank and joe madison. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> joe, this is a pattern now, so what's behind this talk. >> let me tell you, they just can't stand the fact that they've got a very start, intelligent black man that has outthought them, outcampaigned them, beat them twice without any controversy. the nerve, the absolute nerve to use crack cocaine, something that destroyed individuals, destroyed families, practically destroyed communities, to compare it to something that heals people, that brings families together, that allows them to save money, allows them to be well is absolutely absurd. and rush limbaugh has some nerve. here is a man that even talked his maid into stealing drugs from her husband so that he
could have a high. so, i mean, let's call it what it is. these people simply have lost their freaking minds. they just can't handle it. >> dana, when you hear people comparing government dependency to drug use and slavery, i mean, what are the implications of dog whistle politics in this fight over health care? >> well, i think that last bit about losing their freaking minds has a lot to do with it, certainly in michele bachmann's case. if there's a defense for her, it's that she says all crazy kinds of things about all crazy topics. there's two things going on here. there is without question an element among conservatives who just have a very personal whether it's racially tinged antipathy towards this president. there's also a large group of americans that don't care for
obama care. clearly there's an element of sensitivity that they may have crossed the line. just in the last few minutes, they were out there promoting legislation to try to fund the district of columbia. so that has elements of it in there too. >> now, joe, i want to raise this to you. there's a republican national committee man in arizona who mocked the obama administration's decision to delay certain parts of the affordable care act in a facebook post. here's the quote on the facebook post. some people wonder why i cannot figure out why i believe obama is shucking and jiving on obama care. now, he isn't the first republican to use that term. sarah palin and rush limbaugh used it. before i get your thoughts, joe, i went to the dictionary because a lot of people may not know like you and i know what
shucking and jiving comes from or what it means. the dictionary of american slang says about shucking and jiving, it's black slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season and this behavior along with lying and teasing became part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted towards white people in traditional race relations. that's the definition. >> boy, you are too smart for television, al. i'm telling you. you broke it down. like my grandfather used to say, put it where the goats can't get it. that's an old country term just like shucking and jiving is an old country term. here you have these folks who primarily live in these lily white congressional districts for the most part, and then they're trying to use black vernacular to try to sound like
they're hip and that somehow obama is just too black to be president of the united states. look, i'm about calling it like it is and speaking plainly about this. but, you know, the reality is -- and they also said crack cocaine. now, wait a minute. didn't you just say in the last segment 97% of mass residents have what amounts to obama care. they just called it romney care. so that means that they're crack addicts. it also means since congress passed the law, house of representatives are crack at dikts, the senate are crack addicts, and the supreme court that voted it was constitutional -- >> and folks in the general election last year. >> thank you. >> i don't want to get too far away from this ugly coded dog whistle politics, because a republican state lawmaker in new hampshire compared obama care to
the fugitive slave act of 1850. listen to this. >> what is obama care? it is a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the fugitive slave act of 1850 that allowed slave owners to come to new hampshire and seize african-americans and use the federal court courts to take them back to slave states. >> you know, last week even the president mocked that comparison. listen to this. >> you had a state representative somewhere say that it's as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the fugitive slave act. think about that. affordable health care is worse than the law that lets slave owners get their runaway slaves back. i mean, these are quotes.
i'm not making this stuff up. >> dana, i mean, it's so outrageous the president addressed it. but all coded language. >> i think we left out when ted cruz was in his 21-hour bladder buster on the senate floor. he was basically suggesting he was on the side of the union fighting the confederacy. so at least he's taking the right side of the whole thing. we can't -- >> well, at least he's saying that. i've got to go. we're going to stay on it. we're going to be watching the language. just keep up, joe and dana, thank you. keep watching us. i promise you we won't be shucking or jiving here. we'll be right back.
republicans have come up with a brand new talking point for why they've been so obsessed with obama care. here's senator rand paul earlier today. >> that's their new excuse? there's been no debate on obama care? no debate in the three and a half years since president obama signed the law? no debate inside the supreme court? really? did we all just imagine this? >> that's right.
the supreme court had this debate. and upheld the health care law. the presidential candidates had this debate on the campaign trail too. >> it's obama care. we're going to repeal it and replace it. >> don't worry, obama care covers pre-existing conditions. >> here is how you repeal obama care. >> we passed obama care. and it was the right thing to do. >> the candidates even debated the issue during the actual presidential debates. >> number one, i get rid of obama care. >> i have become fond of this term obama care. >> obama care was a central issue during the race. and on election night, the american people spoke loud and clear. president obama won the debate. so did senator rand paul think we wouldn't remember his selective memory on obama care? nice try, but remember this, we got you. ra. new max volume wire brush
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what the house republicans are doing in forcing the government shutdown is wrong. i respect them fighting for what they believe in, but they need to know when to quit. there was an election and they lost. my new book is called "the rejected stone" and in it i talk about the need to move on when it's time to move on. here's a clip explaining that chapter. >> the need to know when to quit it is about we all have a purpose in life. we all have a mark we want to make. and you've got to know when you've made that mark, you've got to know when center stage is over for you. and now you go head to the wings to protect your legacy. if you stay too long, you can undo the good you have done.
>> see, in this country we've all had to deal with levels of rejection whether you are uninsured, whether you were black, whether you were latino, whether you were gay. my book talks about how we transform society for the rejected. but also personally we've been rejected by family, in the workplace. i went through rejection. it'll be out a week from today. we'll talk more about the book as the week goes on. "the rejected stone." it's a new day. you don't have to live rejected. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. the aca, here to stay. let's play "hardball." ♪ good evening. i'm chris matthews up in new