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Ed Schultz: "My God, what has happened to America?"

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Ed Schultz asked in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post in December 2009: "My God, what has happened to America?" The focus of Ed's column at the time was health care...his column was entitled, Senators Should Visit a Free health Care Clinic to Really See the America they Represent...and Deny.

    At this particular time he had just hosted his MSNBC show from the Kansas City Convention Center where a free health care clinic was being held. He was overwhelemed by the experience and wrote:

    "There have been few days in my thirty year broadcasting career that have moved me as much as this experience did. I saw the real America. In the middle of the country, two thousand miles from the beltway, I witnessed middle class Americans standing in line for hours waiting to see a doctor. Some had not seen a doctor in years. They have jobs, some working two jobs, but can't afford the cost of insurance and basically are on the GOP plan: pray you don't get sick.

    "The stories were gut wrenching. I couldn't help but think this is where the Senate needs to do their business. Do it right in front of the eyes of the people in their own country who are struggling to make ends meet and live in dignity. The Senate should do business in front of the families that have played by the rules and have been dealt a personal set back for one reason or another. Have the guts to tell these people to their face that they aren't worthy of health care because they don't have money. They may see these faces briefly on the campaign trail, but they make no decisions in front of them when they are standing in line in pain, in agony and in desperate need.

    "America has a heartless side to it as well. That is demonstrated when U.S. Senators put the God Almighty Dollar in front of people who put them in office.

    "My God, what has happened to America ?"


    Read the rest of Ed's column at the above link.  When he speaks for America, no one can say it better.

    I chose to post excerpts from Ed's column from 2009 because his words rings true today as he is championing the right of middle class workers to collective bargaining.  As the middle class union workers are trodden upon by greedy Republican law makers in Madison and Washington DC, and few in the media and Congress are willing to stand proudly beside him as he draws a line in the sand for the middle class, one indeed has to ask:

    My God, what has happened to America?
  • Democrat
    Hot Springs, AR
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    ED:          What has happened to America is        "GREED".          One should look up the word in the dictionary.   In our world there are takers, meaning the wealthy..  Seems we have more takers than givers.     .  GREED, GREED, GREED, GREED, GREED, GREED.  THESE GREEDY PEOPLE ARE PREDITORS, SELFISH, MERCENARY, COVETOUS, AVARICIOUS AND COLD COLD COLD.  PLEASE LOOK IT UP AND TALK ABOUT IT ON YOUR SHOW.   IT DESCRIBES SO MANY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY !  I don't believe they have a "clue" as to what AMERICANS are going thru daily.  They should trade places for a week and find out.  BUT that would mean giving up their life of luxury. 

    I have Just one qustions for those that have this incidious disease called  ......... "GREED"     .......................... HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH ?     Greed is wanting and taking all that one can get with no thought of others needs desiring more than one needs or deserves.  How many houses does one need, you can only be in one house at a time, in one room at a time.  HOW many are out there with no homes as a result of Wall Street.   Again............GREED

    NOW, Mr. Romney is going to try to pacify us.  HE is going to try to placate us telling us what he "thinks" we want to hear for his election to come to fruition.  Our REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE JUST  greedy, narrow minded buffons and some of them should have been turned out to pasture long ago.   OUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE  Lazy, spoiled, arrogant, ignorant, and selfish.  Who pays their bills...........we do.   Who works hard to give them what they need to play or party on.............we do.  Who pays thier salaries that never go down only UP.    Who pays for their "CADILLAC"  health ?  WE do, but does it matter..............."NO".       Our country is going to suffer because they are there and they don't care.  THEY ARE SELFISH, ONLY LOOKING OUT FOR THEMSELVS AND WHAT WILL BENEFIT THEM TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOR THE FUTURE. 

    Our country IS being consumed by greedy people who can't see the forest for thier own trees and blinders.  Greed will be our undoing.   Again, I ask these greedy narrow minded, arrogant people.   HOW MUCH  IS ENOUGH ...................... HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH ........ENOUGH....ENOUGH...ENOUGH    How much money do  you need to survive, or for your family to survive?   How much money does it take to make you happy?    YOU can't take it with you...........With what they have spent on this election we could have wiped out hunger in our country.  GREED WILL BE OUR UNDOING !!!!  FAIRNESS IS NOT AN OPTION, IT ISN'T IN THEIR DICTONARY OR VACABULARY.  WE HAVE TO FIGHT THEM ON THE UNIONS, ON THE STARVATION ON OUR SUPPORT FOR THE TROOPS COMING HOME.   ( IN A PERSONAL NOTE I HAVE LOST TO PRECIOUS SONS TO THE NAVY, ONE WITH PTSD AND ONE WITH A BRAIN TUMOR FROM A NUCLEAR SUB )   WHEN THEY VOTED  DOWN OUR SUPPORT TO THOSE COMING HOME FROM WAR  IT SICKENED ME.  

    FIGHT FOR US "ED", KEEP FIGHTING FOR "US".  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD AS LOUD AND AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE AND GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY.

    GAYLE

  • Democrat
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    I'm so disappointed that MSNBC moved The Ed Schultz out into no man's land. WHAT? You think we won't notice. The one guy that stood up for the working man, the poor people standing in line to see a doctor, who have no health insurance. It reminds me of me. I have had no insurance for most of my life, caring for a daughter, hoping we wouldn't get sick. Scraping by, with no help from an ex-husband. I can relate to these people, who work, one, two or three jobs, worried constantly about their future. Ed Schultz was the voice for for those who have no voice.

    Ed, I will miss you greatly - I feel ripped off. Chris Hayes of" All In", is a nice guy, but he is not you. During this time slot I will now take my nap. I don't know what the weekend holds, how you will fit into my schedule, but I do know this - "A POX ON MSNBC - YOU BATCH OF CREEPS!!
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Schmidt:


    I agree with you that the middle class is "under siege" by the Tea Party Republicans, but the average working man is in a much better position than he was 100 years ago. For examples of that, read "The Jungle" by Sinclair Lewis, or "The Striker" by Clive Cussler.

    The American Dream has always been an elusive one. Long before Simon and Garfunkel recorded the song below in 1968, there have been an awful lot of folks who were looking for "America". Even though "crazier than a hoot" Ted Cruz won last November, the mad hatters of the Tea Party faction took a beating at the polls, and the recent Senate vote on background checks pissed off (can I use that phrase?) an awful lot of people. My "own" Senator Jeff Flake is now the LEAST popular man in the Senate due to his vote against universal background checks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO3gWIGzH3A

    What's happened to America?

    We're still in a political funk, as detailed in Bob Woodward's "The Price of Politics", but I'm cautiously optimistic that things will improve - eventually, and I tend to agree with Winston Churchill:

    “You can depend upon the Americans to do the right thing. But only after they have exhausted every other possibility.”
  • Independent
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    In ’71 I took an English course to help with some problems I have being dyslectic. We had to write on one of several different sentences which had a blank. I selected a sentence and used Greed as the driving force for man. My paper was the read to the class and it must have hit close to home. I ended up dropping the course. I still believe that I was correct.
    I have never been a big supporter of unions as I was brought up when several major unions were controlled by criminal elements. I did belong to a union while employed by MIT in 1060-1962. I guess they got a dollar a two for dues, the extent of my involvement.
    If you look into the formation of the middle class you find its formation coincided with the industrial revolution with a major struggle for wages and living conditions as a part of this process. As individuals lacked the power to demand either wages or conditions but unions gave them the power and were instrumental in removing a life style called, “Working for the company store”.
    Beginning with the Reagan administration a process began which started removing the elements which made the middle class.
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    jperry Wrote: In ’71 I took an English course to help with some problems I have being dyslectic. We had to write on one of several different sentences which had a blank. I selected a sentence and used Greed as the driving force for man. My paper was the read to the class and it must have hit close to home. I ended up dropping the course. I still believe that I was correct.
    I have never been a big supporter of unions as I was brought up when several major unions were controlled by criminal elements. I did belong to a union while employed by MIT in 1060-1962. I guess they got a dollar a two for dues, the extent of my involvement.
    If you look into the formation of the middle class you find its formation coincided with the industrial revolution with a major struggle for wages and living conditions as a part of this process. As individuals lacked the power to demand either wages or conditions but unions gave them the power and were instrumental in removing a life style called, “Working for the company store”.
    Beginning with the Reagan administration a process began which started removing the elements which made the middle class.
    Does MIT mean Mesopotanium Institute of Teracotta?
  • Independent
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    No, just a small local school.
  • Liberal
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    you must have been one of their longest registered students ;)
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    What happened to America? A full blown edition of capitalism.
  • Independent
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    "My God, what has happened to America?"

    The continued response by the GOP talking about working with Democrats to straighten out the wows of the country while knowing they will never be flexible enough for an approach that will allow Democracy to work.

    Placing Corporations before People. We must look to Asia to see Democracy in action. Several countries are making strides, even with oppression from International Corporations, while in the "late and great" USA we are loosing the battle to retain it.

    We seem to be doing a lot to destabilize the World by interfering with the internal affairs of Arab Countries. The plan was to assist in forming a stable government in several of them and it appears that all we had become involved with a less stable.

    When are we going to learn that you can't buy friends and allies, especially when your only giving things to a corrupt leader.
  • Democrat
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    I suggest asking the question,"My God, what has happened to America?" to the Koch brothers, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Sen. McConnel, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Fox Five, the looney anti-gay, anti-veteran, anti-birth control Kansas Baptist Church and provide a write-in answer for the entire Republican and Tea Party to respond.

    Once all the venomous snakes respond than give those answers to Cobert and Stewart, so we can have a good laugh.

    This question can't be handled very well because we all have a variety of responses and views that show our beliefs and how we expect other people to live. We place way too many restrictions on others removing their freedom to live peaceably. Criminal acts are easy to answer, "Thou shall not do that". Do unto others as you would expect them to do unto you. There's alot of thruth in that statement, although it can suffer from placing too many restrictions on others. You can stop someone from eating an apple, because you don't like apples.

    The God belief and the religion that follows provides all the answers, but we don't have a desire to follow that path. We as human beings stumble, trip and fall on our heads all the time. We just don't get or appreciate the God belief. It's sad and someday we will all wish that we had done what was expected from us. I can be the guy that says get right with the God belief because the day is forthcoming. Many people just like me has stated this and those proposed days keep passing by. So, I'm not going to say a day, but instead say it will come when God decides. Don't be absent.
  • Independent
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    We have a very serious problem in our society and I’m really surprised that no one has pointed it out. I have made a slight reference to it on a few occasions and it has to do with the religious and non-religious. As a general statement, on the Left we have the non-religious and on the Right we have the believers.
    The problems exist on both the Right and Left there may be a difference in degree but they are the same problems. On the Right it is not a matter of stumbling and falling, it is the fact that values set forth in the NT are nonexistent. The Tea Party has defined itself as “Fundamentalist Evangelicals” that use a Literal Interpretation of the Bible. I don’t think it is necessary to list them all but the “B” Attitudes do a good job of summing up the values which define “Believers”. The Sermons of Jesus as recorded in the NT provide the characteristics which define a “Christian Life”. As the Tea Party is the only group that spends considerable time proclaiming their Religious Beliefs they are the only group that can be held accountable for their beliefs and actions at the present time. Which of the Beatitudes would you say are a part of the values held by the Tea Party? Which are not held by the Tea Party? If you wrote them down in two columns one for the attitudes being present and the other the attitudes being nonexistent one column would be blank. As the Beatitudes are only a small section of the Sermons there is still a lot more to be covered and they fail in the other area just as badly.
    Now using the Left do the same with the Beatitudes. Do you see something that makes no sense at all?
    It turns out that the nonbelievers are doing a better job of possessing “Christian Values” than the “Believers”. Think back to Jesus in the Temple and you may find the answer. “By your works you shall be known.”
  • Democrat
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    jperry Wrote: We have a very serious problem in our society and I’m really surprised that no one has pointed it out. I have made a slight reference to it on a few occasions and it has to do with the religious and non-religious. As a general statement, on the Left we have the non-religious and on the Right we have the believers.
    The problems exist on both the Right and Left there may be a difference in degree but they are the same problems. On the Right it is not a matter of stumbling and falling, it is the fact that values set forth in the NT are nonexistent. The Tea Party has defined itself as “Fundamentalist Evangelicals” that use a Literal Interpretation of the Bible. I don’t think it is necessary to list them all but the “B” Attitudes do a good job of summing up the values which define “Believers”. The Sermons of Jesus as recorded in the NT provide the characteristics which define a “Christian Life”. As the Tea Party is the only group that spends considerable time proclaiming their Religious Beliefs they are the only group that can be held accountable for their beliefs and actions at the present time. Which of the Beatitudes would you say are a part of the values held by the Tea Party? Which are not held by the Tea Party? If you wrote them down in two columns one for the attitudes being present and the other the attitudes being nonexistent one column would be blank. As the Beatitudes are only a small section of the Sermons there is still a lot more to be covered and they fail in the other area just as badly.
    Now using the Left do the same with the Beatitudes. Do you see something that makes no sense at all?
    It turns out that the nonbelievers are doing a better job of possessing “Christian Values” than the “Believers”. Think back to Jesus in the Temple and you may find the answer. “By your works you shall be known.”

    Yes. It's a strange situation alright. The first thing that comes to mind, of course, is that right wing evangelicals and Tea Baggers are not Christians. This is a hard judgment to lay on the in the majority of them, but a reading of the New Testament shows very clearly that whatever camp it is that they're in.....it isn't the Christian camp.
    But, just as I wouldn't lump all those right wingers into the same phony category.....there are a good number of so called "left" leaning citizens who are very Christian. I try to be one of them, and my politics grows out of what I believe are the teachings of Jesus. The written testimony of the New Testament is so evident on this score that I won't even bother to offer examples......Onward.
  • Liberal
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    I would point out "Being Christian" has nothing to do with religion. It's all about respecting and helping others. If JC ever existed, so called "Christian Values" were around long before he was. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time so others could use him to further their goals.
  • Democrat
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    I have to admit PGR comes very close to whole life issue. It is truly about respecting others and all life in this world, but I take it further in the recognition of faith in my religious belief. I do believe in the acceptance of God and his son Jesus and I know I am a minority in the world of how others beliefs contradict my understanding. So, who's right? I'm comfortable with my belief as I know others appear to be comfortable in their beliefs. They are not threatening me, although the media says differently that some have a Jihad against me. I will continue as I feel to respect all others and their beliefs, but I have no thought of rebelling against my belief in God and his son Jesus.

    Today, I read with no surprise in how some have no respect for life. The news on the 32 mentally challenged or handicapped persons that won a lawsuit against theiir employer. The employer was from Texas and provided these individuals with jobs a meat industry plant in the Midwest. These mentally challenged and handicapped people were paid 42 cents an hour, inhumanely treated and housed in deplorable conditions. The owner of the Texas company received alot of money for his provision of "slave" labor. For God's sake, whats wrong with America? This greedy Texas bastard took advantage of poor, indigent, crippled and mentally challenged persons and allowed them to live under inhuman conditions. I read where the Texas employer has been charged in a $240M lawsuit, which if course it is being appealed. The lawyers are all over this like ants on honey and I expect some the 32 individuals that are receiptants of this lawsuit don't have a clue of the future that is about to be revealed. The Texas employers lawyers are going to wrestled this lawsuit down many millions. If any of this lawsuit complaints are true about the inhuman treatment of the 32 individuals, than this Texas employer is the lowest form of pond scum I can think of. This Texas employer challenges my beliefs and respect of all life. For some reason I cannot explain my human failing ways, I find no respect for this Texas employer.