Turning our Backs on a Traitor

On Bearing Drift, Brian Kirwin wrote about how Democrats turn their backs on independent decision makers like Phil Puckett:

corrupt
traitorous
Benedict Puckett
bribed to resign
an a$$hole complicit Democrat
send hate mail to Puckett
If you haven’t been following the news and the name “Puckett” doesn’t yet make you want to puke
fanatic..horrible…corporate shill

[…]

Democrats, THIS is what other Democrats do to you if you dare to think for yourself.

But, only last year, on the same blog, a different author lamented the ill treatment of Bill Bolling by his fellow Republicans:

He’s been called every name in the book, from traitor and backstabber to RINO moderate and everything in between. He’s been accused of not doing enough to support the ticket in November. He’s endured a level of vitriol we usually reserve for Democrats or people who have actually switched parties. He’s been accused (falsely) of even endorsing the Democratic candidate for Governor and cutting commercials for him. People have written his political epitaph and the eulogies have been gleeful.

So turning our backs on people who screw us isn’t just a Democratic principle.

Even more significant: It’s a hell of a stretch to suggest that Phil Puckett is some kind of free thinker because he ducked out of one of the most important battles in his career in return for favors.

Also, unlike what was suggested on Bearing Drift, Medicaid expansion is not about sitting on your couch “sipping Starbucks collecting unemployment and getting free healthcare from the government”. It’s about providing access to health care for people who are earning an income but still can’t afford healthcare on the market.

When my wife was working at the Free Clinic they turned away dozens of patients for various reasons including not having an address inside of the Clinic’s coverage area or having too much income. Many of those people have jobs but don’t have any healthcare options. The emergency room won’t always save someone who collapses on the job because he couldn’t afford his medication.

I don’t know much about Phil Puckett. He might be a great guy most of the time. But for now, I stand behind what I said: Puckett’s treachery makes me sick and people will die because of it.

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