I already have. You should too.
I already have. You should too.
Something tells me the media will not pay as much heed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s mean-spirited swipe at Americans opposed to the President’s health care plan, including many Nevadans, as they did to then-Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott’s 2002 suggestion we’d all be better off had Strom Thurmond, running on a segregationist platform in 1948, won the White House.
At the time, the media made much of Lott’s insensitive comment. And conservatives, doing the right thing, rose up demanding his ouster as Senate GOP Leader. Lott acceded to their demands.
So, will media take Reid to task for calling townhall protesters “evil-mongers“?
(I grant the Lott comparison isn’t perfect, but it is closest comparison–a Senate Leader making a comment denigrating a class of Americans.)
Dear President Obama:
I write you today simply to ask two questions about the new White House program to monitor information released about the proposed health care reform:
1 – How will the “fishy” information collected via email@example.com be used?
2 – Will the people who are flagged as “fishy” be made aware that they’ve been reported?
The debate about proposed health care reform has become heated over the past months. I cannot see how this debate can be advanced in a productive manner if people can no longer speak freely without fear that they may be reported to the White House. The privacy of those who are reported could potentially be put in jeopardy, as email addresses, IP addresses and other identifying information will undoubtedly be forwarded along — perhaps without the author’s knowledge.
I look forward to your reply to my questions and hope that you will take to heart the concerns fo the American people over this program.
Member of Congress
‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate
By Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer
Here’s my response folks: how about you buy this bumper sticker and slap it right on your car?
All we can say is, America is very lucky that George W. Bush was president. Had he not been, we might never have found out that dissent is patriotic.
Both House Speaker Nancy Pelose and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have called those protesting Democratic health care plans as astroturf or fake grassroots, with the increasingly unpopular Nevadan even waving some actual astroturf to make his point.
Now, we’ve learned that moveon.org has “hired skilled grassroots organizers” to fight back as citizens spontaneously gather at townhalls across the country to express their opinion. Why would MoveOn need to pay them if they’re real grassroots organizers? (When you “hire” someone, you do tend to pay them.)
So, if it’s Astroturf when conservative groups encourage their members and supporters to speak out against the President’s policies, why is it when left-wing groups do speak out on in favor of those policies, hiring “grassroots” organizers to help them out?
Reprinted in full:
Hi Ms. Douglas & Secretary Napolitano (since you are reading these, too):
I figured I would save you the trouble and send you an email right now so you can put me on your “Healthcare Enemies List” right away. No fuss, no muss, no fishy-ness.
You see, I have read the legislation… I do know what HR 3200 says… I’m not being paid to protest, as a matter of fact my industry is supporting healthcare reform! But I will continue to stand up against the Gestapo-like tactics of President Obama against those to oppose him for legitimate policy issues.
How dare you ask for my neighbors or my readers to inform on me. This is an outrage better suited in the former Soviet Union, Syria or Iran.
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
-Bruce Carroll (aka – GayPatriot)
Charlotte, North Carolina
As I drove north yesterday across California’s Central Valley, perhaps the most fertile region in the country, I saw these signs sprouting up everywhere.
Wondered if they were referring to something reader to which Peter Hughes alerted me two weeks ago when he e-mailed me a link to Sean Hannity’s interview with comedian Paul Rodriguez. That funny man, whose mother and family farm in the San Joaquin Valley (the southern part of the Central Valley), has spoken out as federal authorities, under the cloak of the Endangered Species Act, have “shut down vital pumps to farmers to help preserve” the delta smelt, a two-inch minnow.
This government action is costing many farmers their livelihood. As it prevents them from farming their land, it means the overall harvest decreases which means less food for all of us which means higher prices.
Oh, yeah, and if there’s less food, more people go hungry. All to save a tiny minnow. And I bet there are better ways to save this species, less costly to our own.