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Frist on America’s Top Priorities: Gay Marriage and Flag Burning

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Posted on May 28, 2006
Bill Frist
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Sen. Bill Frist has decided that gay marriage and a flag burning amendment are among the most pressing concerns in America today.

After Frist put these issues on Congress’ fall agenda, even a Fox News host questioned whether there weren’t things of more pressing importance to the country.


Think Progress:

Today on Fox News Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) tried to argue that banning flag-burning and same-sex marriage are two of the nation?s most pressing priorities, which is why he put them on the Senate agenda for June:

HOST: ?Are gay marriage and flag burning the most important issues the Senate can be addressing in June of 2006?

FRIST:?When you look at that flag and you tell me that right now people in this country are saying it?s okay to desecrate that flag and to burn it and to not pay respect to it, is that important to our values as a people when we?ve got 130,000 people fighting for our freedom and liberty today? That is important. It may not be important here in Washington where people say, well, it?s political posturing and all, but it?s important to the heart and soul of the American people. ? Why marriage today? Marriage is for our society that union between a man and a woman, is the cornerstone of our society. It is under attack today.

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By Robert Fisher, May 30, 2006 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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Bill Frist is a boob -  Can you believe that issues like Gay Marriage and Flag Burning are taking priority? -  I am sick and tired of “BANS” - I think we should BAN this stupid war that we’re in! -  That we shouldn’t be -  Thank you Mr. Bush and the GOP! -  What next?  Be afraid America -  I know I am~!

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By kclaf, May 29, 2006 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment
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I have to say if he’s a brilliant doctor I give up!  A doctor he may be, a brilliant one - no way!  Anyone who can sit there and with a straight face make such ridiculous statements simply cannot be brilliant by any definition.  How sad that the people of this country are being so belittled by such a self indulged individual.

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By beatnik501, May 29, 2006 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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well,maybe he understand that if the real issues are not to be addressed (and i don’t see a wide disposition to) in the future even americans would be keen to burn the flag that,then,may represent torture ,discrimination,spying,injustice,etc.
i know most americans don’t take these as american values,but one nation really stands for what it lets it’s own government to get away with….

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By John E. Smith, May 29, 2006 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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Flag burning and gay marriage? What country is he living in? Actually, there is no faster way to desecrate what the flag stands for than to be complicit in the loss of our civil liberties with the Patriot Act and NSA/CIA illegal wiretapping.

Priorities? How about the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act he promised to bring to a vote early in the 2006 session. How about the multi-trillion dollar debt my kids will have to pay back? How about our foreign policy decisions which continue to isolate us from much of the rest of the world? How about the health care crisis bearing down on us like the mother of all tsunamis?

I’m sorry Dr. Frist, but flag burning and gay marriage are like treating hangnails on a patient who is bleeding to death.

John

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By lifewriter, May 29, 2006 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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It makes one curious as to what else might “be important to the heart and soul of the American people.”  In both of the Honorable Frist’s defenses he’s stated that there are separate but important battles raging that may well drive the future direction of our great empire. 

Aside from the fact that this fool is obviously grandstanding on the eve of Memorial Day, where he knows national attention will be focused on Flag Waving, he’s also aware that across the nation, Gay Pride parades are or will soon be under way.  So why not misdirect and deflect any attention away from the greatest national debt our country’s ever seen?  And what could be easier for his constituency to condemn a bunch of queer folk looking to get a tax break?  Oh, no - not on his watch.

But (sorry Frist), let’s do our homework before we walk away so dumbfounded by yet another elected official’s rantings. 

If Frist’s assertion is really that he’s concerend about the 130,000 troops overseas that are “fighting for our freedom and liberty today,” let us review his voting record as it pertains to our troops, and their welfare.

According to Project Vote Smart, Frist voted “No” to HR 4297, which would have significantly bolstered Veteran health and pension compensation, in addition to laying a foundation for a Veteran’s Hospital Improvement Fund.  (see http://www.vote-smart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=3800&can_id=CNIP7879).

But keep your eye on the flag folks, there’s bastardly people out there buring it, while this hypocrate walks all over it, lining his pockets with your tax dollars.

And what of his civil voting record?  How has Frist acted when issues of public importance have made their way to the Senate floor?  Well, his “No” vote on HR 4297 should speak volumes.  This bill will “provide for necessary beneficiary protections in order to ensure access to coverage under the Medicare part D prescription drug program.”  (see http://www.vote-smart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=3797&can_id=CNIP7879). 

But as for the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, Frist is first in fueling the fire to remove all American liberties at the cost of National Security.  Odds are, Fox news won’t be lobbing questions about the dissolution of our rights on Sunday morning, who’s got the energy for that?  See HR 3199, the famous “Reauthorization” of the PATRIOT Act.  As you might recall, this bill was passed with much enthusiasm, and spectacle.  The end result is a disastrous blow to our civil and legal rights as private citizens.  (see http://www.vote-smart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=3801&can_id=CNIP7879)

As ATT and the NSA are teaming up to data mine every detail, every facet of what we’re up to and when, our House, Senate and Executive have been quick to make that slope increasingly more slippery.

In contrast, take time to review Senator Russell D Feingold’s record, and understand that there are real patriots out there yet, who’ve not caved in to corporate lobbing, and incestuous legal partnering…which is otherwise so distastefully perverse.  (http://www.vote-smart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=S0972103)

Our nation’s future depends on a voting official that’s committed to a peaceful world future, not one of destruction or domination via ill defined terror war agendas.  Write these men and women that represent you, and start talking about these things at public events.  Get your local community involved in reclaiming our rights.  Realize that the more you’re sitting in front of the TV flipping channels, the busier these bastards are securing the lock on your cage.

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By Donald Fleming, May 29, 2006 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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It should be obvious to these tone-deaf people in charge of our government that when your strongest media supporter questions your agenda it might be time to get serious about the real problems of the country and why they were elected.

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By Bill Orr, May 29, 2006 at 7:02 am Link to this comment
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Marriage is a purely secular convenience. It is a contractual arrangement between consenting adults. It has become an issue because of primitive fundamentalist and their perverted desire to “rend” America of the wisdom that has allowed the evolution of our society. Born again regents, like Senator Frisk, genuinely believe they are honoring our war dead by imposing restrictions on the Bill of Rights,and justify such action because of Jewish tribalism? Or should I say because of Jewish homophobia and it’s influence on CBN wannabe’s? Next step. International law.
                    bilbo, bilbo norrton

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By candide, May 29, 2006 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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Frist’s chief priority is getting elected.  But he hasn’t a clue about what to do.  He is the perfect example of the medical technician who cannot relate to people, only to machines.

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By Druthers, May 29, 2006 at 1:47 am Link to this comment
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One really wonders why someone does not tell that poor Frist he is the perfect fall guy.  He gets sent out to do all the dirty work.
Who else could they find to devote himself to such issues—put forward to change the subject—with such unflogging and boring application?
He is the man for whom no cause is too small to merit a TV appearance where he can speak on any and every subject without ever saying anything.
Again it is fortunate for this babbling ever present boy that being ridiculous does not kill. 
He takes himself so seriously—someone should whisper in his ear that he can hardly expect others to do the same.

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By G Call, M.D., May 28, 2006 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment
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What a pompous, lilly-white neo-con asshole.  Besides, everyone knows that the greatest moral threat to our country is the people who lie to animal shelters about really, really wanting a kitten, only to take it home to torture in their garages or basements under the guise of “medical experimentation.”  The Nazi’s had Mengele and we have Frist.

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By Mace Price, May 28, 2006 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment
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He wants to be President so bad he can taste it too. But it ain’t gonna happen. Brilliant Doctor, piss poor Politician in terms of mass appeal. Orin Hatch once made a stab at The White House and he’s animated compared to Frist. Frist looks like a goose with brown eyes and what was once known as Network Hair, speaks as if he’s suffering a bout of constipation along with a headache, and is easily as monotonal and boring as Al Gore…And if that ain’t a one two knockout punch? I don’t know what is. Takes more than big money and posed gravity, i.e one hand in the pocket of a $7000 suit and telling Fox News and their devotees what they think they want to hear to vie for The White House. Especially this trip. The GOP should also consider that not everyone who watches, or for that matter works for Rupert Murdock’s propaganda organ is nearly so primitive. That, and if this business of bloodletting in Iraq continues to the tune of half a trillion dollars, 2464+ dead, 18,000+ maimed and no end in sight. There’s gonna be a electoral massacre of Republicans at the polls, and it doesnt take an editorial writer from the New York Times to see it. Meanwhile Frist’s preaching about Homosexuals and Flag Burners. Not very Presidential sounding if you ask me; particularly at his level of intelligence. You’d think that as a Conservative he could find something more pertinent to discuss; like the deficit…It all sounds more like the Old Morton Downey Show than a rival to Meet The Press, who incidently featured a Bush impersonator taking over most of the program not long ago…Unlike Downey, who couldn’t keep from running around the set with a noose in one hand and singing ludicrous shit like “Hang ‘em by their testicles.” Frist isn’t know to sing (publicly anyway.) But given this degeneration of Political discourse he could perhaps recruit that known vocalist John Ashcroft for a few solos of “The Eagle Flies” for him next time Fox has him as a guest…Bottom line: You shouldn’t come on like a Mandarin and then stoop to discuss such salacious topics. Mandarins don’t discuss those things. They’re above them. Could you see Franklin D. Roosevelt discussing them? And when Frist loses the Mandarin image, there’s very little left in terms of appeal, if there was any to begin with.

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