Shouldn’t we just trust he knows what is right, and will take care of all of us?
The anger that has risen to a boil over health care reform was very predictable. In fact, I predicted it back in February. What happened? Well, the Democrats, looking at only the inside the beltway political landscape, rushed the Stimulus bill, TARP II, Cap-and-Trade, and finally the health care reform package as fast as possible through Congress. And they did this for a very well reasoned reason: they knew that if it was slowed down, that all of those bills would fail. Simply, the provisions in none of those bills makes a lick of sense.
With the rush of health care, Obama finally bit off more than he can chew. Health care, unlike the other bills, directly and intimately involves all 305 million people in this country. That, frankly, is why it is such an important issue. But the intimacy of the issue also goes to the heart of the matter.
So far, there has been one simple question that Democrats have been either unable or unwiling to answer. That is, how will this reform package be better than what we have now?
And the response, when asked to everyone from the President of the United States to the lowliest Congressman in the House of Representatives? Silence.
There is no answer. Frankly, I have now completed reading the House bill…and other than hopes and dreams, there is nothing tangible in the bill that will maintain or cap costs.
Here is another reason. The power base of this country is simply not listening to the middle class in America. People understand the money we have spent is actually our children’s and grandchildren’s money. We are borrowing from future generations, and apparently Congress doesn’t care.
You have media types painting the protesters as racist, fringe element types. Here is an example: on MSNBC on Friday, they spent much of the day attacking Rush Limbaugh for comparing the Democrats push for health care to Nazism. I agree, it was an extreme statement…but it was also a parody. It was in response to Nancy Pelosi claiming protesters were carrying swastikas…a statement, by the way, that MSNBC never showed on the air.
The hypocrisy is blatant and apparent, and Americans are not so stupid to be fooled by it. Similar events such as when Dick Durbin called our CIA Nazi-like…or even Barack Obama calling our justice system Nazi-like in 2001…or even Nancy Pelosi earlier this week; those statements got no coverage, but Rush Limbaugh’s comment somehow is newsworthy. Americans are smarter than that.
Even Peggy Noonan, far from a right wing zealot, thinks the Democrats and White House attack on the protesters is absurd.
All of this is unnecessarily and unhelpfully divisive and provocative. They are mocking and menacing concerned citizens. This only makes a hot situation hotter. Is this what the president wants? It couldn’t be. But then in an odd way he sometimes seems not to have fully absorbed the awesome stature of his office. You really, if you’re president, can’t call an individual American stupid, if for no other reason than that you’re too big. You cannot allow your allies to call people protesting a health-care plan “extremists” and “right wing,” or bought, or Nazi-like, either. They’re citizens. They’re concerned. They deserve respect.
Additionally, they keep talking about organized efforts to kill health care reform. Sorry, are the labor unions or Moveon.org not organized efforts from the left? And what is the difference?
And finally, when violence ensued on Thursday night at several meetings, who were the perpetrators of most of the violence? It was supporters of Obamacare, not the protesters. Rep. Russ Carnahan, at his townhall, attacked the health care opposition. When asked what he thought that almost all of the people arrested were Democrat and Obamacare supporters…he had no real answer. And remember, it was an African-American conservative protester in St. Louis; a business man in Tampa; a ordinary citizen in Houston. It wasn’t Congressmen or Democrats being injured…it was just the reverse.
Simply, as bad as distrust was in the Bush Administration last fall, Obama and Democrats have pulled off a miracle: they are now almost as mistrusted. Americans have lost faith that Obama is anything but a left wing idealogue, unwilling to compromise or listen to any dissent.
I really believe that Barack Obama’s comments about the ‘stupid’ cops in Boston arresting Prof. Gates was a turning point. Here was the epitome of an elitist, the President, admitting he was ignorant of the facts of a case, biased because Gates was his friend…and still criticizing cops. It was ridiculous, and middle America reacted. They simply did not want the President to sit their and sit in judgement of ordinary Americans (in this case, Police officers in Cambridge, Massachusetts) doing their jobs.
Many middle Americans have lost faith in the Democratic Party for one simple reason: because they are not doing what they said they would do. Mr. Obama has broken pledge after pledge, and he has only been in office 6 months. And at this point, they don’t trust his pledge to protect people’s healthcare, to prevent tax increases on the middle class, or any other promise he is making. His recent press conferences have made things worse, as it often appears that he has no idea what is in his own health care bill.
So let Democrats and the media call middle Americans names, and accuse them of horrendous crimes. We are doing nothing more than voicing our political opinions. There is no more sacred American right than that.
And the more the oppositions tries to shut our voices…the more angry we will get.
UPDATE: Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press has an excellent editorial that you can read here.
You want to see real time what Obama’s allies the SEIU are doing…here you go: