Over the past forty-eight hours, a number of my Facebook friends have linked the AP article reporting the unhappy Barney Frank’s takedown of a LaRouche Democrat for asking her fellow Democrat why he “supports what she called a Nazi policy.” Not aware of her background (because the AP didn’t divulge it), it seems my friends see this unhinged woman as representative of the growing number of Americans gathering to protest Obamacare.
When they promote this article, these friends and others only further misconceptions about the protesters while making the mean-spirited Massachusetts Democrat seem like a knight in shining armor standing up to an angry mob of astroturfers. To be sure, they have indicated they wish to point out the excesses of some of those protesters–and they are right to do so–and right to criticize them for it. Despite the President’s flaws, he, like his predecessor, is not another Hitler nor are their policies akin to those of the German National Socialists.
Let us hope that the promotion of this article does not serve to delegitimize the overwhelming majority of protesters who have genuine concerns about a major government overhaul of an industry with which most Americans are happy. (Well over twice as many Americans are satisfied with the health care they receive than approve of the job Congress is doing.)
And anyway, if they’re going to feature the nuts addressing Barney Frank, why don’t they feature some of his nutty statements?
Instead of referencing articles which suggest unhinged leftists asre emblematic of a growing movement, it would be nice if the media and other supporters of Obamacare actually took the time to listen to those taking to the streets and participating in the townhalls so as to better understand what really drives them.
(Oh, and, as to that article, the AP still has not corrected its erroneous description of left-wing activist Sheila Leavitt as a physician.)