Ted Yoho, the Florida Republican Congressman who tried to say that the tanning tax in the Affordable Care Act is racist against whites, is at it again. This time around he is comparing the fight to defund Obamacare with the Civil Rights movement. The direct quote as reported by the New York Times is:
[box type=”shadow’]”It only takes one with passion — look at Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King,’ and he added, ‘People with passion that speak up, they’ll have people follow them because they believe the same way, and smart leadership listens to that.”[/box]
He is correct that passion draws followers, but in this case he is lacking the basic intelligence it would take to actually accomplish anything. This is a man who, as noted by FreakOutNation, also supports full legislation to explore the legitimacy of the President’s citizenship. The birther appears to be another Teapublican who is completely unaware of how little good their plan will do, as we reported here, here, and here.
To be fair, the Tea Party is a minority that is waging a battle for its rights, but that is as far as the comparison goes. The connection between defunding the Affordable Care Act and the Civil Rights movement is so absurd that it is difficult to respond to. A small group of ignorant people attempting to stop the government from making them get health insurance so that they don’t go bankrupt if they ever have to have major medical work done and even the healthcare playing field to try to reduce the rampant inflation in health expenditures is in no way even close to an entire race of people fighting for equality.
It is offensive, although coming from the man who said he felt disenfranchised because he had used a tanning booth it isn’t hard to understand why he would say such nonsense.