Originally posted August 21, 2009
What goes through your mind when you see some wahoo standing outside of a town hall meeting about health care with a gun strapped to his body, and the president of the United States is inside that meeting hall? What do you think when a woman sobs “I want my country baaaaaack!” inside yet another town hall meeting? Did you catch the commercial about how Gramps is going to be denied health care because he’s an expendable old duffer, but that YOUR TAX DOLLARS will pay for abortions? How did you respond to the signs showing our President with a mustache a la Hitler?
How about WTF????? That’s what I’m thinking.
So are we talking about our second amendment right to bear arms? Euthanasia for old people and Sarah Palin’s child? Reparations to African Americans? Abortion for everyone? The second coming of the Third Reich?
Please wake me up from this Fox News induced nightmare and let’s talk about health care reform and health care reform policy. And fellas- how about putting away the guns. Just because you can tote them out in public doesn’t mean you should.
What’s going on here? It should come as no surprise that the insurance companies are not about to roll over on this one. Big Pharma=Big Money. These folks and the Republicants are astroturfing the hell out of the http://60plus.org/ or Freedom works http://www.freedomworks.org/ The party of No and Know Nothing is behind all of these. Then you have Fox News- Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, et al. shilling for them. What do you get? See paragraph one and….issue. Check out the faux grassroots websites of the 60 plus association,
…how about our fellow citizens in South Carolina who call themselves Republicans and 11% of them say that they are either unsure or disagree that Hawaii is a state of the United States? http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/08/poll-a-lot-of-birthers-in-north-carolina-and-few-state-gopers-say-obama-born-here.php Or the number of Republicans who think that health reform is a plot to kill old people? http://www.dailykostv.com/w/002070/ Fox News…aiding and abetting the ignorant since 1996.
There is something called fact and something called opinion. It is a fact, an indisputable fact, that Hawaii is a state and that makes Barack Obama who was born there a citizen. This is not opinion. We aren’t going to debate this one. There is a draft health reform bill- HR 3200. You can pull up this bill and do a key word search for “undocumented aliens” or “medicare” “ ” and “advance directives” in the search box at the top of the page. You don’t have to believe me or Rush Limbaugh or Nancy Pelosi. Read it for yourself. Please. If you do a search for “abortion” or “reproduction” you will find absolutely nothing in the bill because abortion is not covered. Nor will you find anything about death panels or euthanasia. You will however find that Medicare will provide coverage to a physician to talk to you about advanced directives or your living will. This is not an opinion- it’s right there in fairly plain English on page 440.
Ordinary citizens truly can go right to the source. But it takes time. Is it worth it to you? Fox New can spout opinion out the wazoo, and they do, as well as stir up the pot in a really ugly scary way, but these guys aren’t stupid. Venal? Amoral? Evil? You decide, but stupid…no way.
So why are we letting the ignorant and the venal set the agenda here? When all is said and done, they are “filled with the sound and the fury, signifying nothing.” Will we settle for nothing? This is our chance for health reform.
Please come to the town hall meeting on health care reform at the Spring Valley Library on Saturday August 29. 1-2 pm. Congresswoman Susan Davis will give an overview of the bill and answer questions. The Spring Valley Library is located at 836 Kempton Street Spring Valley. Voice your support for single payer/ public option.