The Face Of What’s Wrong With America

Anyone who can read this story, and say, “yes, this is as it should be, this is right, and good for the country,” is fucking nuts.

To recap: Republican Congresswoman Diane Black — someone I would never in a million years support, let me add — is locked in a bitter primary fight with her longtime Republican nemesis, raging Islamophobe Lou Ann Zelenik. Normally for those of us on the left this would be a “grab the popcorn” moment, but today’s paper gave me pause. Here we learned who is funding the attack ads Zelenik is running against Black: one guy named Andrew Miller Jr. He’s a “healthcare investor,” who happens to be her former finance director, and who served on the board of Zelenik’s anti-Muslim group, the Tennessee Freedom Coalition (and yes, the fact that there’s an anti-Muslim group calling itself the “Tennesse Freedom Coalition” tells you these people have descended into self-parody). Miller apparently had $260,000 collecting dust in his bank account and decided to try to buy the Republican primary. I wonder, should Zelenik win, how he expects to recoup that investment? Maybe we shouldn’t ask.

Miller was last seen trying to unseat Rep. Jim Cooper by serving as finance director for “Constitutional Conservative” (i.e., Tea Party wackadoodle) Jeff Hartline in 2010. Miller makes his money through a healthcare venture capital and private equity firm called HealthMark Ventures. And this just tells me everything I need to know about what’s wrong with our country. We’ve got a healthcare system that leaves 40 million people without insurance and denies policyholders coverage for pre-existing conditions like being a battered spouse. But there is so much money swirling around the so-called “best healthcare system in the world” that vulture capitalists like Miller are drowning in cash. Any suggestion that they should pay the tiniest bit more in taxes so people don’t have to put a pickle jar by the Mapco cash register to get their kid chemo is the worst sort of un-American affrontery.

Miller isn’t the only fly crawling over this shitpile but he’s the perfect face of it: using his profits not to create jobs, but to buy an election on behalf of an anti-Muslim hatemonger. Ain’t America grand.


Filed under campaign finance, healthcare, Tennessee politics

8 responses to “The Face Of What’s Wrong With America

  1. eeewww. some people just make me sad.

  2. william wallace

    You have a very sound judgement of a corrupt political world
    I’m sure in past lives you’ve been stretched on he rack as but
    beaten half to death / where unable keeping silent at injustice.

    I’m not going to tell you to soften your words or tell you / you
    must love thine enemy & turn the other cheek / your have in
    past lives having heard enough of such religious nonsense.

    However I will say this if your blessed with a working brain it
    be you will be appalled by the political / religious corruption
    one in dealing with can have a poor effect upon ones health

    That being so I recommend the following site / on PC search
    put (words of peace) or put ( words of peace global ) on site
    a selection of videos in which Prem Rawat talks of / explains
    meditation of ones turning the senses inward doing so such
    bringing a unfolding of the spiritual self Via having practical
    spiritual experience / which brings gifting one with an clarity
    of understanding / in answering all questions. Whom am I ?.
    Is there a God ? a heaven ?. Will I win lottery of $millions ?
    (just joking on that one). Whats the purpose of life living ?.

    Throughout the history of humanity there spiritual teachers
    among all be the “Teacher of Teachers” at presen Prem is
    the “Teacher of Teachers” he has dedicated his life to aid
    all whom at a stage to go beyond ideas beliefs /to knowing
    understanding creation through /very practical experience
    in one’s understanding as experience the true spirital self.

  3. Stuff happening is really depressing. How can so many people see and be aware of this ? The republicans are getting the so many government positions. really depressing.

  4. William Wallace, get your hands on an AP style book, STAT!

    Southern Beale:

    Pandering demagogues have always been out there; nowadays the intertoobz and Rupert’s FuckTheNew’sCorpse make it easy for them to pollute every part of the body politic.

  5. From the article: “We’ve got to hold these elected officials accountable, and one of the most interesting ways has been the advent of super PACs,” he said. “The playing field can be leveled in ways it wasn’t before.”

    Level playing field. One guy spending a quarter-million dollars on a potential congresscritter. Yeah, that’s real level.

  6. Randy

    DC I bet your grammar would suffer if you were disemboweled and dismembered. However in my old age I think I might be drifting toward his camp. Maybe America just needs to smoke a bowl and lighten up a little.

  7. Eykis

    After reading Santo’s twits yesterday about the “sauce”, it kreeped me out to the extent that I could never eat at a place that cannot even spell a simple word correctly. I rarely eat fast food anyway, but this place is definitely off my list of tolerable “fake food joints” to NOT venture into much less attempt to eat.