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(AFP) – A Japanese-American lawmaker took offense Wednesday after Republican Senator Lindsey Graham likened the Democrats' drive on health care to a Japanese suicide attack in World War II.

Graham, in a radio interview in his home state of South Carolina, lashed out at the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, over her efforts to bring Democrats in line to approve health care reform, a top priority for President Barack Obama.

"Nancy Pelosi, I think, has got them all liquored up on sake and you know, they're making a suicide run here," Graham said.

Representative Mike Honda, who spent part of his childhood interned due to his Japanese origin, asked Graham to "show respect for our fellow Americans."

"I am disheartened that Senator Graham chose to use racially tinged rhetoric to express his opposition to health care reform," said Honda, who heads the Asian-American caucus in Congress.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:19 PM on Mar. 18, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    There is a way to engage in healthy debate without alienating Asian-Americans, who are an important part of this democracy and health care reform," he said in remarks that he partially posted on Twitter.


    Graham replied that he was making a broader point -- that he believed there was already too much government involvement in health care."My comments really reflect the fanaticism of the Democratic leadership. And I don't know whether (it was) sake or moonshine, but no sober person would do this," he said.


     

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:21 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • The Japanese did get drunk on Sake and do suicide runs. Why is it taboo to mention it? Nobody seems to think it's taboo to mention the crazy things those of European decent have done. It's not like he made it up.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:25 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • According to some other replies on here though many women are just going to say "get over it." Real pieces of work on cafemom!
    Brickhouse95

    Answer by Brickhouse95 at 1:26 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • Typical southern Republican. Prejudice and smugness. Entitled Southern good old boy.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • Does he get his panties in a twist everytime someone asks a bartender for a kamikaze too?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:27 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • The Japanese did get drunk on Sake and do suicide runs. Why is it taboo to mention it? Nobody seems to think it's taboo to mention the crazy things those of European decent have done. It's not like he made it up.


    Please dont pretend you dont understand context

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:31 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • Please dont pretend you dont understand context

    That's a two way street, considering it's a quite apt description of how they are passing this bill. Half the Dems who vote for it are literally committing political suicide for the party. It's eerily Naziesque, really.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:33 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • I definitely see the point Graham was trying to make. I also think people have really become overly sensitive and way to politically correct. Good grief, someone is always bitching about something someone said.

    AngelDawn7

    Answer by AngelDawn7 at 1:39 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • Ooooh, NP, you said Naziesque! You better apologize before you get in trouble for being mean to the Germans. Oh wait. Nobody cares if you're mean to the Germans. They're from Europe and they don't cry everytime some says Nazi.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • And I don't know whether (it was) sake or moonshine, but no sober person would do this," he said.
    --------
    Well, can YOU see Miss Fancy Nancy traipsing through the woods in TN to the still to get some 'shine? LOL,

    (No offense meant to anyone living in or from TN, it was just an example... I think this is a valuable cottage industry!)
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 1:54 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

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