Anti-Healthcare Activist Puts Her Bigotry On Display

There are two serious problems with this image posted by Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom on her facebook page.

Here’s the despicable image:

And here’s what’s wrong with it:

1) It implies that people in different states are fundamentally different. This is untrue – humans are humans. There are people with varied beliefs everywhere you go. There is no such thing as a blue or red state – all states are purple. This is a method of dividing people, instead of uniting them (I guess she mustn’t like being part of the UNITED States).


2) It furthers the derogatory dog whistles of bigots who believe the following, and who want you to believe these things, too:
(A) People who join the armed forces are automatically better than others.

(B) People who join the armed forces are more patriotic than other people.

(D) People who join the armed forces are never gay.

(E) People who are gay are automatically lesser than others.

(F) People who live in states that tend to vote republican join the armed services, and people who live in states that don’t vote republican never join the armed services.

(G) People who live in states that vote democratic are unserious, immoral, partiers who don’t care about their country.

It’s nice to see that at least one person called her on this sad display bigotry.

It’s sad she is so ignorant of the proud military heritage of Vermont. This is not to say that militarism is automatically good or bad, but the state’s participation shows that military participation and respect for people in all their diverse beauty are not mutually exclusive.

She also denigrates the memories of all the Vermonters who have died in the ongoing wars in the Middle East. Perhaps she is unaware that Vermont has the highest per-capita casualty rate in the country?

It’s not surprising to see her comment about how she wishes she lived in another state. Clearly, she doesn’t know or care about the state in which she lives.

But I guess we could have guessed that by the fact that she is fighting to prevent Vermonters from getting equal, affordable access to quality medical care.

31 thoughts on “Anti-Healthcare Activist Puts Her Bigotry On Display

  1. disturbing

    and this is the group that refuses to report where the money comes from

    btw – if Red State folks smoke that must mean that Darcie expects them to pay more for health care (personal responsibility and all that)

    the image asked if we have “any questions”

    here’s one, did that soldier agree to allow his image to be used for this purpose?

  2. but hopefully, Darcie makes her own wish come true and moves to a red state; preferably Texas, where she can enjoy the natural beauty of a totally unregulated state.  There she will feel free to be bigoted…and possibly very thirsty.  

  3. Here is a 2010 list of the Vermonters who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    I’ve lived in Vermont all of my life and I’ve never seen anyone here dressed up like the clown/fairies in the above picture.  The gay Vermonters that I know are more likely to be dressed in Carharts and flannel.  

    Some drive plow trucks.  Some work construction.  Many serve in the armed services and fight in wars.  They are all patriots.  

    It’s strange to see the GOP cry about eroding freedoms while simultaneously belittling people who live their lives freely.

  4. So silly.  Maybe it will soon be Smart States and Stupid States.  Looks like they want to make it all ABSTAINING STATES.

  5. Judgment questioned in 2009

    Johnston’s judgment was in question once in the past. It might be typical primary politics for all I know but -In the 2009 Maine Republican governor’s primary race a rival campaign noted her questionable commission from a group event at the same time she was fund raising for one of the events participants.

    I received information yesterday that Bruce Poliquin’s fundraiser, Darcy Johnston of Johnston Consulting, Inc. in Vermont is the organizer of the October 8 event. I am dismayed by this blatent[sic] conflict of interest. To know that Darcy is receiving a commission from proceeds of the evening at the same time she is the fundraiser for the Poliquin campaign is inappropriate.

  6. I took her comment to mean not that she is moving, but that she hopes Vermont will become like other bat-shit insane states, like New Hampshire and Maine – controlled by bat-shit insane extremists that want to remove laws that protect women from being beaten, to prevent non-Republicans from voting, to prevent workers from getting paid for their work…

  7. Did her colors run yet? . . .

    Even if Darcie Johnston takes down her offensive characature of a U.S. soldier and weasels back to her bigot hole, I’m sure her OMG LOL BFF Christopher P. Thayer or her “no budgie” friend Laurie Morrow will carry her freak banner on their (**cough**cough**) pages.  

  8. If the R’s are all smokers as the picture implies, their will be a lot fewer in the future.  That means their unused social security contributions will help balance the trust fund for the D’s.  

  9. The soldier in the image is ‘The Marlboro Marine’. He now lives in Kentucky…

    On the other hand, Miller isn’t sure he’d want to go back to combat — nor sure he’d ever let any kid of his enlist. He has mixed feelings about the oversize copy of the Marlboro Man picture proudly displayed in the lobby of the Marine recruiting station in Pikeville.

    Some of his relatives and friends are against the war; others see it as a fight against terrorism.

    Miller himself seems torn — proud of the troops fighting for freedom, but wondering whether there was a peaceful way, to find terrorists in Iraq without invading.

    “Some people thought it was sexy, and we thought, ‘Oh, my God, he’s in the middle of a war, close to death.’ We just couldn’t understand how some people could look at it like that,” she said. “But I guess for some people it was glory, like patriotism.”

    “This is the dark side of the reality of war. … People don’t want to know the Marlboro Man has PTSD.”

    The whole article is a good read:

    There is more on his Wikipedia page. Looks like he is separated from his wife, and dropped out of the treatment program that the photographer who took his picture encouraged him to join.

    Personally, I’d prefer to live in a (state) world where we have less of the pain and trauma and sadness that Mr. Miller is dealing with, and more of the fellows dancing in the street.*

    *Couldn’t find any information on the second image through Google… only links that point back to the Red State / Blue State sites…

  10. I’m surprised you reproduced this without fuzzing out the names of the commentators (or cropping the comments off the image altogether).

    Poor internet manners, GMD.  

  11. 2) It furthers the derogatory dog whistles of bigots who believe the following, and who want you to believe these things, too:


    (F) People who live in states that tend to vote republican join the armed services, and people who live in states that don’t vote republican never join the armed services.

    And if I were to add an (F)(1):

    That all people who join the military are Republican.

    I’m a Socialist and a military veteran.  In fact, I was in the military and stationed in Germany when I decided socialism was for me.  And I believe there are plenty of GMD regulars who are military veterans.  

    The assumption that military service = lifetime membership in the Republican Party has always irked me.

  12. Because in Republican extremist circles images like that are classified an humor.  An when ‘Liberals’ point out the bigotry and hatred embedded in it, they claim ‘liberals’ have no sense of humor.

    To their mind there not only is nothing wrong with this, but it is hilarious and to be emailed to everyone they know … that thinks exactly the same way they do.

  13. People who promote hate, division, and inequality prefer to operate in the dark corners.

    Exposure to disinfecting sunlight is like poison to them. For example, Ms. Johnston has deleted her offensive facebook post now that it’s seen the light of day. Luckily, the internets is forever.

  14. This is an excerpt from a letter to the Valley News in WRJ in April of 2000.  She makes some excellent points all the way around.

    The only place I’ve found this in it’s entirety is here:

    She writes:

    I am the mother of a gay son, and I’ve taken enough from you good people.  At the core of all your misguided beliefs is the belief that this could never happen to you, that there is some kind of subculture out there that people have chosen to join…  For those of you who reduce sexual orientation to a simple choice… Are you saying that your own sexual orientation is nothing more than something you have chosen, that you could change it at will?  If that’s not the case, then why would you suggest that someone else can?…

    A popular theme … is that our state has been infiltrated by outsiders.  Both sides of my family have lived in Vermont for generations.  I am a heart and soul Vermonter, so I’ll thank you to stop saying that you are speaking for ‘true Vermonters’…

    [Another letter in the Valley News said] …”those of us who have been blessed with the benefits of a religious upbringing” asks, “Whatever happened to the idea of striving … to be better human beings than we are?”  Indeed, sir, whatever happened to that?

  15. Some of her advertising shows the kinds of folks she prefers to spend time with. Extremists could be a valid descriptor.

    Darcie’s current and past clients include: the Foundation for Government Accountability, Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, Common Sense PAC, Voice for Conservative Women, Sean Bielat for Congress, MA 4; Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, The Yankee Institute for Public Policy, Associated Industries of Vermont, Transform Rhode Island, All Children Matter, The Maine Heritage Policy Center, The Ethan Allen Institute, New Hampshire House Republican Victory Committee, New Hampshire Republican Party,  George W. Bush for President, Governor Pete Wilson, The Republican National Committee.

    In 2011, Darcie founded Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, an organization of individuals, business owners and health providers united to oppose single-payer health care and ObamaCare-like reforms in Vermont.

    Darcie grew up in Montpelier, Vermont.  She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    To contact Darcie, please e-mail

    Perhaps she longs to move to Florida, to be closer to her anti-constitution friends?

    Looking at the email address posted with the bio above, it turns out she’s on the staff of the Florida Foundation for Government Accountability.

    This is one of the primary proponents of the “if you need welfare, you’re guilty of drug use until proven innocent, and [bleep] your constitutional rights” bill. This would be the bill that cost the state about a zillion dollars to drug test its citizens, a regime that not only violated people’s right to privacy and their rights against unreasonable search and seizure, but also proved that the welfare population is only much less likely than the general population to use drugs (8% of the population uses drugs according to US estimates, but only 4% of FL welfare recipients do, according to the unconstitutional drug tests).

    Not only were the tests a violation of the constitutional rights of innocent people, they cost a LOT more than they saved:

    The cost to the state of Florida to reimburse those 38 individuals who tested negative was at least $1,140 over the course of six weeks. Meanwhile, denying benefits to the two applicants who tested positive will save Florida less than $240 a month.

    The FGA had a sad day in court when the “[bleep] your rights” bill was shot down, recently. Their “study” in support of the bill was so unabashedly lame that the judge singled it out for specific criticism:

    The decision also threw a fresh spotlight on the Foundation for Government Accountability, a think tank based in Naples that produced a study and said the testing regime had saved the state $1.8 million in the first quarter and could save hundreds of millions of dollars if applied nationwide.

    But Scriven slammed the report, saying it made faulty assumptions and “is not competent expert opinion, nor is it offered as such, nor could it be reasonably construed as such.”

    Looking at her client list, Ms. Johnston sure seems to prefer to work just about anywhere except VT. Not a Vermonter at heart, I guess.

    Too bad she decided to waste the little time she dedicates to VT in an effort to prevent us from getting lower cost, higher quality health care with better outcomes.

  16. who does Ms. Johnston think will care for the folks like Mr. Miller…?

    Surely a patriotic and upstanding corporate entity like an insurance company must be welcoming these soldiers into their arms…

  17. PTSD victims can get help as if their illness were any other illness (which, of course, means fighting like heck to get the insurer to agree with the diagnosis and then fighting more to get them to actually pay).

    In states without mental health parity, there’s virtually no coverage via private insurance.

    There’s a table on this page showing which states offer/require what kinds of coverage. It’s pretty sparse.

    The ACA (“Obama care”) will require certain minimal coverage starting in 2014.  

  18. What you suggest is Islamo-fascist Communism!  

    Brave soldiers like Miller are nothing more then mere props for extremist GOP propaganda, that’s all they are needed for.  Once the photo is taken the GOP would rather they crawl away and die out of sight of the cameras.

    As if Ms Johnston gives one flea-crap about the health and well being of any US Soldier.  It is far more important to her to keep Americans from receiving welfare!

  19. about what i figured. no one covers this sort of thing without some pressure.

    i wonder if the photographer and the soldier know where their image is being used…

  20. This is fact:  

    Texas is almost literally burning up as a result of complete environmental deregulation.

    I’ll admit that “bigoted” did stray into stereotypical territory, but I was playing Darcie’s game.

  21. With one exception, are staunch democrats.

    The “service = republican” assertion seems to be propaganda designed to appeal to the nationalistic tendencies of the right wing.

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