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Frankly, the idea that a person would not have one job, but have two jobs, or three jobs, and work all the light hours that are there, and still not be entitled to the basic protection of fundamental care is so outrageous. So whether you agree with Obama and what he is doing… one of the things I do agree: the idea of there being a social floor, below which people wouldn’t fall. That’s the future…. I think even the poorest people in the great country that is the United States should be entitled to basic health care, and I don’t think they’ll thank the Sarah Palin lookalikes and followers for taking it off them.


Both of you [Sarah Palin and conservative radio host Michael Graham] have the same tactic. The tactic is to get a large crowd, whip them up, try and discover what is the greatest fear, work on that, and feed it right back, and you get a frenzy…. You have, in fact, maybe one of the most gifted presidents…. You regard, for example, someone who happens to have been a professor at Harvard as somehow or another handicapped. You don’t find anything wrong at all with this tea party ignorance that has been brought all round the United States, which is regularly insulting people who have been democratically elected.

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Irish President Michael D. Higgins, to conservative Boston radio host Michael Graham in May 2010

Someone I registered to vote yesterday recommended I check out this video. Wow. Now-President Higgins goes on to tell Graham, about American health care reform, “be proud to be a decent American, rather than just a wanker whipping up fear.”