The past few years we have seen an incredible number of political candidates from the right making the most asinine and outrageous statements on either contemporary issues in general and more particularly as part of their election campaigns. I do not speak of legitimate differences of opinions or viewpoints, but what I would call demonization of at least part of the very electorate they seek votes from.

The latest flagrant example is one Dr.Annette Bosworth,  running for the Republican nomination for Senate in South Dakota, hoping to succeed retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson.. She has posted this viral image on her personal Facebook page.


That does conclude today’s lesson, but I would suggest that the lesson is very much different from what Dr. Bosworth seemingly is attempting to convey. She is denouncing people for needing help, if you get right down to it. The spirit of her post here indicates she finds the people getting food stamps to not be worthy of any assistance.

Furthermore she is an avowed opponent of the Affordable Care Act. This law, to date, has enabled millions of people to procure health insurance coverage where it was neither affordable or in some cases totally unavailable previously due to pre-existing conditions. After all, how could she, a physician, oppose a law that demonstrable saves people’s lives. Just ask Dean Angstadt.      http://articles.philly.com/2014-04-28/news/49440051_1_health-plan-obamacare-life-saving-surgery

Now Dr. Bosworth is not without compassion. In response to the recent shootings of three American doctors in war torn Afghanistan she wrote:

Today in Kabul Afghanistan, America lost three citizens, and the women and children of Afghanistan lost caring advocates dedicated to their health and well being.  As a doctor who has traveled on mission trips to countries brought to the brink by disaster, I was not surprised to learn that at least one of the doctors killed, a beloved husband and father, has been described by his wife as wanting to share his gift of medicine with the under-served, and as aspiring to live his life as the “hands and feet of Christ


Curiously I have learned that this “South Dakota War College” is not an institution maintained by the Department of Defense (DOD) like the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania dedicated to the advanced training of the nation’s military upper echelons of leadership or any of the facilities used to train military leaders from other nations who have returned home and executed coups against their civilian leaders or even any of the service academies well known to the American public. No, the SDWC is simply a conglomerate of conservative political candidacies in the state. (One cannot ignore the irony of this title.)

I acknowledge I am not presenting this next part with  any nuances or subtleties that would present a fuller picture, but the South Dakota State Medical Board has had several interactions with Dr. Bosworth in the past couple of years including attempting to monitor her mental illness to ensure it does not affect her ability to care for her patients. I mention this not for any belief I that persons with such conditions are incapable of holding responsible positions either in private commerce or as a political representative, but I do wonder whether such fact will influence voters as it has in other examples in our history. Too, since she is also a fan of Che Guevara some of the contradictions in her life are startling.

However, any objection I have towards her is purely as a candidate holding the views she has about Americans with real needs whose problems must be addressed at least in part through government action.

Why is this woman’s compassion for the medically needy people in Afghanistan not extended to the needy people who share her citizenship?

Che Guevara?

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  • Devildog  On May 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    UMOC writes that he is”not presenting this next part with any nuances or subtleties…but…”. By doing so, he is deviating from the usual liberal opinion of conservatives that they are evil to “they are crazy. No other reason for his gratuitous inclusion of mentality and Guevara.

    Loved the food stamp “irony”. Considering Clinton’s going along with “welfare to work”, I would think he would agree with Dr. Bosworth about food stamps. Teaching many of the recipients to fish is better than feeding them. And Dr. Bosworth is not talking about “all” food stamp recipients.

    Obamacare “demonstrably” saves people’s lives. Like climate change, anyone who disagrees is either this, or that or whatever. How could she, a physician, oppose…? One who helps people around the world. She must be mentally challenged. Further evidence-she apparently is a Bible thumper.

  • umoc193  On May 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    I simply pointed out the contradictions inherent in Bosworth’s own statements. She rightfully praised the work the murdered doctors in Afghanistan were doing and the organization they represented appears to have a worthwhile mission. On the other hand her FB post reveals her compassion does not extend to needy Americans and the same is true for her ACA opposition.

    That she is a Che fan would seem to be at odds with her general political leanings. Her mental status is a question for the powers that be in S.D. to determine if that affects her work, but it may be a factor in her campaign. I take no position either way. Nor did I assert that it was the cause of her contradictions. Plenty of politicians are that way but who could pass a mental status exam with flying colors.

    As a sufferer of depression myself I do not judge others with similar illnesses (and I do not know the nature of hers) but I also recognize that a person’s judgment and performance can be adversely affected by it.

  • Devildog  On May 3, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Typical liberal hypocrite deleting a comment from a “troll” because it tells the truth and he can’t handle the truth.

  • umoc193  On May 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I have no idea what you are talking about, deleting a post from a troll or anyone else. At least not lately. I do refuse to approve comments from trolls if they are called to my attention for moderation. After all, I let your comments stay.

    Now read this on the topic of this post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/02/onion-article-food-stamps_n_5254036.html

    • Devildog  On May 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      All I know UMOC is my rebuttal of your post appeared for a significant amount of time and then it was gone. If you had nothing to do with it, my bad. One point I made us that a request for a stay is, I believe, an ex parte proceeding so after it was granted at least one Justice changed his or her position since the stay was granted in a 5-4 decision. Also, an attempt to impeach for whatever reason is the epitome of the democratic process and there is no reason to believe the governor would have actually gone through with the execution if the stay had survived a final appeal.

      Anyone who believes there are not many people receiving food stamps who deserve it is a fool just as those who believe there are not many people who receive it who do not deserve it are also fools. So what’s your point? Is it that you want to argue about the percentages?

      Your tolerance of a troll is commendable!

  • umoc193  On May 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I assure you I have removed none of your posts. I mean if you consider the content of your posts that are still viewable, charging me with removing others doesn’t make sense since you rarely agree with me and pull no punches in letting me know that.

    • Devildog  On May 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Accepted. These things happen. My bad! Am I a/the troll your latest blog suggests be shunned? Do you want to respond to my 5/3 post?

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