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Awesome Grayson Speech in Congress

Madame Speaker, I have words for Democrats and Republicans tonight.

Let’s start with the Democrats

We as a party have spent the last six months, the greatest minds in our party, dwelling on the question, the unbelievably consuming question of how to get Olympia Snowe to vote on health care reform. I want to remind us all that Olympia Snowe was not elected President last year. Olympia Snowe has no veto power in the Senate. Olympia Snowe represents a state with one half of one percent of America’s population.

What America wants is health care reform. America doesn’t care if it gets 51 votes in the Senate or 60 votes in the Senate or 83 votes in the Senate, in fact America doesn’t even care about that, it doesn’t care about that at all. What America cares about is this; there are over 1 million Americans who go broke every single year trying to pay their health care bills. America cares a lot about that. America cares about the fact that there are 44,780 Americans who die every single year on account of not having health care, that’s 122 every day. America sure cares a lot about that. America cares about the fact that if you have a pre-existing condition, even if you have health insurance, it’s not covered. America cares about that a lot. America cares about the fact that you can get all the health care you need as long as you don’t need any. America cares about that a lot. But America does not care about procedures, processes, personalities, America doesn’t care about that at all.

So we have to remember that as Democrats, we have to remember that what’s at stake here is life and death, enormous amounts of money, and people are counting upon us to move ahead. America understands what’s good for America. America cares about health care, America cares about jobs, America cares about education, about energy independance, America does not care about processes politicians or personalities or anything like that.

And I have a few words for my Republican friends tonight as well. I guess I do have some Republican friends.

Let me say this; last week I held up this report here and I pointed out that in America there are 44,789 Americans that die every year according to this Harvard report published in this peer reviewed journal because they have no health insurance. That’s an extra 44,789 Americans who die who’s lives could be saved, and their response was to ask me for an apology.

To ask me for an apology?

That’s right. To ask ME for an apology!

Well, I’m telling you this; I will not apologize. I will not apologize. I will not apologize for a simple reason; America doesn’t care about your feelings. I violated no rules by pulling this report to America’s attention, I think a lot of people didn’t know about it beforehand. But America DOES care about health care in America.

And if you’re against it, then get out of the way. Just get out of the way. You can lead, you can follow or you can get out of the way. And I’m telling you now to get out of the way.
American understands that there is one party in this country that is favor of health care reform and one party that is against it, and they know why.

They understand that if Barack Obama were somehow able to cure hunger in the world the Republicans would blame him for overpopulation

They understand that if Barack Obama could somehow bring about world peace they would blame him for destroying the defense industry.

In fact, they understand that if Barack Obama has a BLT sandwich tommorrow for lunch, they will try to ban bacon.

But that’s not what America wants, America wants solutions to it’s problems and that begins with health care, and that’s what I’m speaking for tonight.

I yield back the balance of my time.

Alan Grayson (D-FL)
from Daily KOS

UPDATE: Grayson on Hardball. Someone who thinks Grayson will scare the Democratic establishment to death (plus an interesting video of Grayson). And another short but funny video of Grayson.



  1. Daniel Habtemariam wrote:

    Awesome speech, indeed.

    For those of you who want a complete listing of everything Grayson has said (including gems like Iron Knee’s post), you can search for him in the Congressional Record:

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
  2. Bump wrote:

    Alan Grayson for president in 2016. Who’s with me?

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m hoping that whatever Grayson caught, that it is contagious to other Democrats. It is good to hear someone who isn’t afraid to speak the truth.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Permalink
  4. starluna wrote:

    I bet the working lives of all of those interns tasked with watching nothing but CSPAN has just gotten a lot more interesting.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
  5. Mainah wrote:

    Being one from that small state of Maine I would caution against ignoring Maine’s two senators, Collins and Olympia they are both of a dieing breed in Washington, moderates.

    Monday, October 12, 2009 at 12:55 am | Permalink
  6. If you believe our elected officials should say “No” when you “Know” that this country is heading in the wrong direction, then we should be The Party of No since in reality we are The Party Of Know.

    Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink

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