Quick game of What-Am-I?
- A crowd of about 1,000 reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
- Chants of “U.S.A! U.S.A!”
- No posters depicting the president as (1) Hitler / a Nazi, (2) an imperialist, or (3) a terrorist
- No posters bashing the U.S. troops by (1) calling them stupid and racist, (2) accusing them of raping and pillaging, or (3) suggesting soldiers frag their superior officers
- No posters containing profanity or sexually or violently graphic pictures
- No T-shirts, literature, or paraphernalia worshiping Che, Castro, or Chavez
- No speakers making speeches laced with obscenities
- No Molotov cocktails being thrown at policemen
- None of the American flags present being defaced, stomped on, defecated on, or burned
What am I?
(Hit your Pg Dn key for the answer)
A protest in San Francisco
No really. Yesterday a Tea Party / Anti-ObamaCare protest took place in the belly of the blue beast. Among the speakers was NewsBusters’ Noel Sheppard:
Meanwhile, in case you needed any more proof that the Democrat leadership in Washington couldn’t be any more pompous, power-hungry, and out-of-touch, behold: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-La la Land) and Senate Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Who cares) just penned an opinion piece in USA Today calling the People’s opposition to ObamaCare “Un-American.” Yes, two national Democrat leaders just called the constitutionally-protected actions of ordinary Americans “un-American.” Could you imagine the sh*t-fit liberals would have had if two Republican leaders merely uttered such words?
‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate
By Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer
Americans have been waiting for nearly a century for quality, affordable health care.
… Already, three House committees have passed this critical legislation and over August, the two of us will work closely with those three committees to produce one strong piece of legislation that the House will approve in September.
In the meantime, as members of Congress spend time at home during August, they are talking with their constituents about reform. The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent.
However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted “Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.
Let the facts be heard
These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.
Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts.
The first fact is that health insurance reform will mean more patient choice. It will allow every American who likes his or her current plan to keep it. And it will free doctors and patients to make the health decisions that make the most sense, not the most profits for insurance companies.
Reform will mean stability and peace of mind for the middle class. Never again will medical bills drive Americans into bankruptcy; never again will Americans be in danger of losing coverage if they lose their jobs or if they become sick; never again will insurance companies be allowed to deny patients coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
Lower costs, better care
Reform will mean affordable coverage for all Americans. Our plan’s cost-lowering measures include a public health insurance option to bring competitive pressure to bear on rapidly consolidating private insurers, research on health outcomes to better inform the decisions of patients and doctors, and electronic medical records to help doctors save money by working together. For seniors, the plan closes the notorious Medicare Part D “doughnut hole“ that denies drug coverage to those with between $2,700 and $6,100 per year in prescriptions.
Reform will also mean higher-quality care by promoting preventive care so health problems can be addressed before they become crises. This, too, will save money. We’ll be a much healthier country if all patients can receive regular checkups and tests, such as mammograms and diabetes exams, without paying a dime out-of-pocket.
This month, despite the disruptions, members of Congress will listen to their constituents back home and explain reform legislation. We are confident that our principles of affordable, quality health care will stand up to any and all critics.
Now — with Americans strongly supporting health insurance reform, with Congress reaching consensus on a plan, and with a president who ran and won on this specific promise of change — America is closer than ever to this century-deferred goal.
Regular hard-working American citizens protesting a government action is an attack, derailing debate, drowning out facts, and un-American? Nope, nope, nope, and nope.
Lower costs and better quality? The non-partisan CBO debunks the former claim; the easily observed health care systems of Canada, Britain, and France and elsewhere debunks the latter.
Let the facts be heard? Hardly. Like everything the Left stand for, the facts are exactly what they can’t have heard. Power-hungry Democrats like Pelosi and Hoyer don’t know from facts; they only know from fact-deficient talking points, like “47 million Americans can’t get health care.”
Americans are strongly supporting health insurance reform? Um, nope; just the opposite.
I’ve never seen such a load of fallacious crap since … well, since the last time Pelosi or Hoyer opened their smug holier-than-thou mouths.
There’s only one party who’s un-American in this scenario. And it’s Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer. People, vote these out-of-touch, out-of-control demagogues out of power now.
(See my earlier related post Liberal Hypocrisy: When Liberals/Democrats Loved Angry Shouting Mobs)