Obama, Health Care Reform and the Non-47 Million August 23, 2009Posted by voolavex in Politics.
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Obama is my president. He was my choice as a candidate and I am happy he is in the White House. I am sick of the minute by minute negative commentary on his progress in 8 months as the president. But what is even more alarming is the dedicated and vocal GOP opposition that appears to think telling lies is far more important than the running of this country and the welfare of all its citizens. Suddenly we find ourselves rolled over by the calculated lies and misinformation being spewed by the GOP and their right of normal adherents. During the horrifying eight years of George W. Bush and his evil twin Dick Cheney, no one made a peep. Democrats tried but they were denied voice by Homeland Security rules; rendition, being a traitor, selling out this country, doubting (doubting was as bad as traiting) and daring to accuse the GOP of exactly what it was doing and what could and has been proven. The incumbents of that era grew very fat and happy. They became drunk with the sense of entitlement and power they could wield like a club and like it or not we put up with it. Now that they are not in charge, they have returned to what they do best – obfuscation of truth. Their champions are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter and Glenn Beck. Pop culture demagogues of questionable character who present as absolute truth , lies they want to spread. Their platform – the over the top strict construction of the Constitution and out of context “intelligence” that isn’t anything but crap.
Does it irk people that Mr. Obama (and family) are the very thing they fear? Not just his racial background, but his education, attitude and willingness to hash out policy by going directly to the people. Is he doing a great job – not every time – but he isn’t being allowed much latitude in his actions. Hysterical citizens at Town Hall meetings ready to riot over “death panels” is not quite my idea of civilized exchanges of opinion and ideas. This country is bankrupt. Financially and morally. The Objectivists dragged that unsound “ism” right straight to Wall Street and suddenly Wall Street has a “road closed” sign. Too many laws were broken and hidden and no one gave out tickets until it was far too late.
Health care reform? Oh no you can’t. A suddenly vociferous section of the population doesn’t care if 47 million of their fellow citizens stay healthy or die. They are bloodsucking leeches who want YOU to pay for their insurance. Pay for it yourself – they say. I would bet they would stop that screed in about two seconds if they lost theirs. They fail to see that the 47 million paid for many things they didn’t like – war for example. Gay people paid for things they weren’t even allowed to have. Black people have been paying since the first boat hit Virginia. Suddenly the sanctimonious right is on the warpath. And they are working overtime to undermine and derail the current administration with lies and half truths and it’s time the rest of us spoke up and did something before they get another term in the White House. If you think it can’t happen – Al Gore will tell you it does.
Let Barack Obama and his cabinet do their jobs– get out of your comfort zone and if you have to stoop to the GOP level – then get close to the ground and do it. Their media personalities quit office, pop pills and sell snake oil. One of our media spokesmen is a senator now. A wise Latina sits on the bench with a busload of self-righteous hypocrites. Buenvenidos Justice Sotomayor. Their moguls steal bonuses from their stockholders. Two of our CEO’s have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
I don’t have to walk you through this minefield. Don’t get smug or complacent because we won the election. The GOP is still snarling at the door of the Oval Office.
When you hear a rumor go to Factcheck.org or Snopes. When something sounds made up – make sure it is or isn’t before you spread it and other people get sick. There are Republicans who are decent and smart and responsible – but they are very, very well-mannered and subdued. They are being drowned out by their wing nut political partners. They need to be louder but we need to be louder still.