Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Democrats Lose Faith in the People

I'm getting dizzy from all the spin as our nation debates health care. When President Obama or Nancy Pelosi gets a tear jerker letter that supports their positions on health care and taxes, they are "reading the mood of the people" or "tapping into the popular mood."

But if someone speaks against Obamacare, and asks specific questions about all its fine print, then they are "astroturf lobbyists." A really good website called "The Bookworm Room" compiled some of the most egregious examples of the mind numbing hypocrisy that has become commonplace in our day to day political discourse.

Henry Reid will decide whether or not you are a "grass roots activist" or something subversive. Here is what he will say if you don't pass his test.

“In spite of the loud, shrill voices trying to interrupt town hall meetings and just throwing a monkey wrench into everything, we’re going to continue to be positive and work hard.”

What ever happened to at least listening to your constituents?

Lloyd Doggett , a Democratic Congressman of Texas had choice words for constituents who opposed Obamacare.

"This notion of a grass-roots campaign is totally and completely phony. The Republican Party has coordinated this apparent outrage and stirred it up."

What ever happened to "community organising"? Wasn't Obama a community organiser?

The Democratic National Committee is using harsh language to vilify opponents to Obamacare. Consider the following statement from Brad Woodhouse.

"The Republicans and their allied groups - desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill - are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country."

That sound pretty harsh to me. It seems that there are a lot of different groups in the country. There are the uninsured. There are people with bare bones policies and people who are very well insured. It is entirely reasonable for people with their own concerns to express an opinion about proposed legislation that will affect them.

There are certain code words that have crept into our political discourse. Whenever an issue threatens to derail a Democrat's agenda, it is a "distraction".

When Obama says we need a "national dialogue " about race or any other subject, what he really means is that he wants to lecture you.

According to The Statesman, LLoyd Doggett stated when asked at a town meeting if he would support Obamacare even if his constituents opposed it said that he would oppose it. So much for representative democracy. I wonder how many of his constituents will remember that the next time he is up for reelection?

But don't worry. Consider the following quote in which the White House on its web site asks you to spy on your neighbours.

"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to"

Isn't it nice to know that even if your government is not listening to you that they are at least watching you?

I once read a quote from a communist dissident who said, "When the government loses faith in the people, it is time to dissolve the people and elect another". It is this looking glass logic that seems to power the thinking of our elected representatives. Perhaps they need to be reminded just who elects who.

1 comment:

UNRR said...

This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 8/7/2009, at The Unreligious Right