Aug 16, 2009

Valetudo

I don't understand modern conservatism. These mindless followers of Glenn Beck have hijacked reasoned debate over the government's health care bills and continually shouted down senators during town hall meetings. Thanks to lobbyists doing an excellent job of organizing ass clowns with a great set of lungs the public conversation of health care has turned from facts to emotions as phrases such as 'death panel' and other kinds of misinformation have become part of the lexicon.

It's hard to imagine the party of Lincoln becoming servants of corporations, but yet it has happened. Claiming they stand for liberty, but at the same time stifling debate, they've become everything they hate. In 2003 the liberals thought it would be a great plan to disturb and scream and shout about the buildup to the Iraq war. Obviously their plan didn't work and conservatives constantly cried foul at the dissent claiming it be senseless and un-patriotic. Of course now they only approve of protests when they happen to agree with the political ideology.

Now I of course strongly endorse dissent, but as conservatives you claim to be better than this. Yet you have let the politics of logic fall by the wayside and have acted nothing better than screaming children. Your goals have become transparent to a lot, but sadly not enough.

I can understand not liking the health care bills set out before us, but that would mean the town hall protesters have actually studied them and understand their contents, which from the ridiculous displays I doubt any have done either. Lets be real here though. The shouting isn't really about the legislation. It's about not liking Obama and decrying socialism at all costs, even though they live under it's benefits and often times actively support it; however unknowingly.

I'm not even going to point out the merits or downfalls of what's actually stated in the bills in question, because they don't seem to matter to anyone. I'm not a former half term governor so my opinion on public policy means little. Nothing I could type here would make any bit of difference to someone who believes that a black man will kill grandma and ration your precious HMO.

From today's news it sounds like the constant badgering by nut cases who are comfortable not thinking for themselves may work. Congratulations. You have continued to set the precedence that extremism and mis-information will rule the day.

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." – Sarah Palin

2 comments:

JLee said...

We ran a story here last week about some local health care reform protests, and although I tend to be somewhat conservative, I was pissed because I knew full well these people did not have all the facts surrounding what they're protesting! People just get caught up in hype and emotion and don't fully research things.

Kelli said...

Out of pure curiosity, I'd like to know if you've read all 1000 pages?