Bil Browning

Ryan White's attorneys: Huckabee is an idiot who doesn't read

Filed By Bil Browning | December 19, 2007 9:44 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: bad science, HIV/AIDS, Mike Huckabee, news coverage, outrage, quarantine, Ryan White

This is too darn great not to share. Ryan White's former attorneys published a letter to the editor in the Lafayette Journal and Courier responding to Mike Huckabee's outrageous statements about quarantining AIDS patients. I don't really need to add anything to this one; they speak pretty bluntly... (Hat tip to faithful reader John.)

Full text of the letter after the jump.

Huckabee's AIDS statements astound

We were astounded to hear Mike Huckabee reaffirming his statement in 1992 that people with AIDS should be isolated from the general population.

He said of AIDS that a "deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents."

Evidently he did not read any newspapers in 1985, when Ryan White battled to educate the country that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact and that Ryan should be placed in school with the general population.

Ryan White's story was the No. 1 news story, and exercising his civil right to be in the classroom with his fellow students and the education of the public on how AIDS was transmitted were the other issues.

Ryan's story was also the No. 2 most-covered news story in 1986.

Evidently Mr. Huckabee did not read a newspaper in 1985 or 1986.

It seems to us Mr. Huckabee reaffirmation of the statement he made in 1992, that AIDS patients should be isolated, is incomprehensible.

That this man, who is so out of touch with reality, could run for president of the United States is more than disturbing.

Isn't it astounding that someone running for president of the United States could take a position that is so wrong in light of the medical evidence available in 1992?

In 1992, children with AIDS had already been mainstreamed in the classroom for at least five years.

Charles R. Vaughan and Charles V. Vaughan, Ryan White's attorneys

Ouch. Huckabee still hasn't met with Ryan White's mother like he said he would, btw.

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It really is embarrassing.

I started junior high in '93, and my principal was John Dillon, the same principal from Ryan White's school back when he was trying to get to go to school. He was caught in the middle of it, and he gave a speech to my whole school at the beginning of the year about it.

It was fairly obvious to even that Hoosier conservative in '85 that there was nothing for the other students to fear about someone with HIV being in the classroom, and he knew that it was just hysteria that he was dealing with in '85, and he talked about it in '93 as if it were like, things were so different then, can you believe what people were afraid of!

But here we find that Huck had a problem with it in '92. I guess it goes to show that people who are ideologically attached to these ideas don't quit them easily.

Ok, seriously ... I was eight years old in 1992, and I knew who Ryan White was, and that HIV/AIDS couldn't be spread through casual contact. And granted, I may have been a little precocious, but I was also raised by my sexually-repressed mother and Southern Baptist grandmother.

Huck, there are no excuses for you.

OK. This article should be on the front pages of all the major newspapers in the country. It's OK to let the gay people know that Mike Huckabee is so out of touch with reality but the whole population of the U.S. should know it so the public will know not to vote for this man. He's running for president of this country and he STILL doesn't have any more understanding of HIV/AIDS than this? Unbelievable.

Charles Etheridge | December 21, 2007 5:14 PM

I have a question. I just attempted to submit an opinion here and it was rejected with a notice that there was something wrong with the language. I used no profanity or other objectionable constructions, so what was the real cause of the rejection?

Charles Etheridge | December 21, 2007 5:18 PM

A few minutes ago I tried to submit a few thoughts about Obama's situation and got a notice that the submission was being rejected because the language was wrong. I then requested an explanation and received the same rejection notice. What is going on here. In neither case did I use any profanity or otherwise objectionable phraseology. What is going on here?

Charles Etheridge | December 21, 2007 5:22 PM

Twice in the last few minutes I have tried to post comments here, once an opinion and then a request to find out why I got a rejection that the text was wrong, and I got the same reaction to the request. What in the world is happening here?

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I don't know if of you know about or viewed the ten questions in You Tube asked of all of the candidates on both sides of the tracks. Huckabee didn't answer a single question, although he replied. He does the Republican two-step very well! A lot of gobbledygook, but no substance or actual stance on any of the issues. It is no surprise that he is unable to keep his promise regarding his meeting with Ryan White's mother. Oh! As for Democratic candidates and those same questions, the candidates that consistently addressed the them were Kucinich and Edwards. Hillary didn't even bother. I wrote her and expressed my disappointment despite the fact that I wasn't surprised and have intention of voting for her. She is just as fake as her Republican rivals, but she wasn't the only Dem who didn't answer and Huckabee was the only Republican who at least tried to answer some of the questions. I thought it was extremely sad to see such a demonstration by so many candidates to address concerns of the average American citizen.