The White House and their media are just simply confused. Hold on, I know what you’re thinking. But, even more than usual.
They can’t seem to understand why Americans are so distraught, why they feel the need to attack perfectly reasonable politicians with dangerous words and malicious finger pointing. Why are these bitter Americans disrupting a perfectly civil form of democracy with such uncivil behavior? They are bewildered as to why their town hall meetings aren’t going off without a hitch.
Why must people start yelling and screaming so loudly? It’s just a government takeover and a seizure of freedom.
If these town halls have done anything, they have shown us one thing: the American people are angry. They are angry that an overwhelmingly opposed imposition of government is being rammed down their throats. They are scared to death that government is taking over their lives. And they have reason to think so.
Since Obama was sworn in, the federal government has manipulated the private banking industry, bought out the private auto industry, and set up a watch list of Americans that appear skeptical of the President’s policies.
Yet, somehow, our elected officials can’t seem to understand why they weren’t welcomed with open arms and a pancake breakfast back at home. They write off socialist medicine skeptics at town halls as a disrupting minority, fueled by Republican websites. Harry Reid called protestors ‘evil-mongers.’ Nancy Pelosi called their actions ‘un-American.’
So, at what point are Americans allowed to be angry at their government? Because, according to our leadership, protesting a government takeover of an industry is simply taboo. Should we wait to yell at Senators until they eliminate term limits? Should we wait to speak up until they are actually arresting government critics for treason? Should I be a good quiet citizen when my paycheck is sent straight to Washington and government officials in black suits are searching my home for remaining coins? When, exactly, are we socially permitted to be angry at this growing tyranny that is the Federal Government?
Interesting, though, is how protesting is ‘American’ when you’re a self-proclaimed liberal, but ‘un-American’ otherwise. A younger, less conformed, more anti-government Nancy Pelosi once stated ‘I’m a fan of disruptors,’ to a group of San Francisco war protestors. ‘Your advocacy is very American,’ she told them. And, finally, she made an excellently articulated plea to President Bush. ‘Mr. President, if you think our troops in Iraq are there to fight for democracy, don’t destroy it at home by cutting off our freedom of speech.’ Hmm… But we have to remember that those statements came from her more radical days, way back in 2006, before she had been educated about the importance of federal government dominance. So, she probably gets a pass from MSNBC.
Washington politicians are sitting on the hill and taking over the valley. A handful of northeastern, university-bred, elitist thugs are running the lives of every average man and woman. They, in just the last few months, have put government in places it should never have been and hinted at more. Health care is simply another step toward total dominance. And, when their constituents stand up and raise a single question, they are thwarted by the media and the officials themselves as angry and bitter ‘disruptors.’
That same practice was a key component to dictatorial control in Nazi Germany. Control the people and destroy the opposition. That’s not what America is about. Our democracy lives and breathes on debate and compromise, not dominance and censorship.
Whether or not you support government health-care, I would hope that all of you support the right to debate and speak out against an out of control government. Americans are free to voice their opinions. Don’t allow the government to silence dissenters, for that is the path to tyranny.
A prominent Obama Administration figure once laid it out perfectly. “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. And we should stand up and say ‘We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.’” – Hillary Clinton, 2003
Memo to Washington: Start governing with civility and your constituency will act with civility. Until then, keep your judgments to yourself. Thank you and good day.