Does Alan Grayson owe Dan Rather royalties for borrowing his famous sign-off?
As a loyal member of the Democracy For America [Howard Dean's old organization] email list, I just received a fundraising message from Grayson. The Dem congressman from Florida who sprang to national attention with his stunt on the House floor accusing Republicans of wanting Americans to "die quickly" has death on the noggin again. Excerpt from his money-seeking missive [emphasis added]:
These [health insurers] have decided that if it costs too much to keep a child breathing, then this child will die. They will deploy their lawyers and their accountants, to make sure that this child dies.Accusing companies of wanting to "make sure that [a] child dies" sounds like it could be libel, but I digress. Here's how Grayson ends his melodramatic pitch:
Please help others live. Please give to those who fight, for all of us.Maybe Dan needs to deploy his lawyers to get a cut of the Grayson/DFA fund-raising action. You did remember to copyright "courage," didn't you Dan?
As Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
You and I are in that small group. You were there at the beginning. You are here now, fighting for life. And millions will owe their lives to your compassion, and strength.
Congressman Alan Grayson, FL-08
Florida DFA Member