The Lion regrets to announce that he will not be giving Florida Representative Alan Grayson, a Democrat, an award for his actions on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Here’s the video of his presentation on the floor:
The Republicans, highly offended that anyone dared speak the truth about them in public, demanded that Representative Grayson apologize, comparing his remarks to the offensive act of Georgia Representative Joe Wilson, a Republican, who yelled ‘You lie!’ at President Barack Obama during the latter’s speech to a joint session of Congress recently.
Representative Grayson immediately accommodated the Republicans with an apology:
The Lion might quibble with the Representative over his conflation of health insurance with health care. Indeed, very few officials in Washington, or Massachusetts, which serves as a model for the current mish-mosh of plans in Washington, seem able to distinguish between the two. In fact, the government plans hand tax money to the insurance companies to pay for health care, which is about as stupid an idea as ever came out of any government. Be that as it may….
Many would think that The Lion would rush to award Mr. Grayson one of the many Lionesque awards in The Lion’s award armory. But no. There will be no award for Mr. Grayson, for a very simple reason.
There is no award great enough, big enough, proud enough to give to the very first Democrat to demonstrate real spine in the last dozen or so years, the first Democrat to stand up to the Republicans, to call them out for real, to tell the nation what the Republicans really are, and to not back down in the face of Republican arrogance and Republican slime.
Indeed, Mr. Grayson showered further glory on himself last night on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC when he said of Congressional Republicans ‘We are dealing with people who are utterly unscrupulous. These are foot-dragging, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals’.
Mr. Grayson not only has spine, he has balls! And he has his facts straight.
The Lion does not have heroes, has never had heroes, does not believe in heroes, most certainly not the cheap, plastic, commercialized American version of hero. But for right now, for this brief shining moment of truth and courage, Mr. Grayson is a Lion hero.