We the People

All across America as our Congress takes a break during their August recess; the Democrats are getting a rude awakening from their constituents. It seems that the polls showing that most Americans don’t want Obama’s health care reform are being proven to be very accurate. Americans don’t want government run health care. They don’t want a bureaucrat to come between them and their doctor. They don’t like the fact that the Democratically controlled Congress is spending our country into oblivion. But most of all, they don’t like the fact that their elected representatives vote in lock step with the far left element of the Democratic Party.

But they aren’t the only ones who don’t like things. The Democrats don’t like being disagreed with. They don’t like their constituents telling them how to vote. I think they have forgotten that “We the People” is more than just a bumper sticker slogan. It is the bedrock this country was founded on; the ability for the citizenry to speak out and voice their displeasure with their Government.

Last September Barack Obama said the following to that very same citizenry: “”I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” He said this when he wanted their help. He wanted “We the People” to get in people’s faces and make a change. Now his very own party, the Democratic party is saying this about those very same citizens: “The Republicans and their allied groups – desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill – are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country.” And they go on with, “…these mobs of extremists are not interested in having a thoughtful discussion about the issues – but like some Republican leaders have said – they are interested in ‘breaking’ the President and destroying his Presidency.”

So we have on one hand Obama saying he wants people to get involved, get into people’s faces to make a change. And on the other hand, when those same tactics are working against his agenda, Obama says, “This is the moment our movement was built for…That’s why Organizing for America is putting together thousands of events this month where you can reach out to neighbors, show your support, and make certain your members of Congress know that you’re counting on them to act. But these canvasses, town halls, and gatherings only make a difference if you turn up to knock on doors, share your views, and show your support. So here’s what I need from you: Can you commit to join at least one event in your community this month?”

So which is it Mr. President? Do you want your citizens to get involved and get in people’s faces to make changes? Or do you not want them to? Are they everyday Americans voicing their opinions, exercising their most fundamental American right? Or are they K-Street Lobbyists and angry mobs? I would say this to our Pretender-in-Chief, if you think that you can bully the American people into submission, you have another think coming because “We the People” are tired of your agenda. “We the People” are tired of your incessant spending. “We the People” are getting fed up with our elected officials thinking they are the ruling class in this country. But mostly Mr. Obama, “We the People” are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore. It is time you and the rest of those who “We the People” voted for and sent to Washington D.C. remembered who your boss is. It is “We the People”


17 comments on “We the People

  1. Intelligently stated and I like the way you made your connections. I find it sort of funny that people are choosing not to drink the Obama Kool-aid, they are thinking for themselves.

  2. Good one sided slant. On the Rachel Maddow show last night, Maddow summed it up best when she said that the misinformation that republicans have given out has been devastating to the health care movement. She cited Fox news for telling people to go out and cause trouble at these town hall events by continuing to disemminate the wrong info. Maddow used Sarah Palins words to show how distorted conservatives and republicans alike are continuing to ruin the process and the country.

    • Once again Ndfence, you miss the mark on my article. But I do enjoy your comments. Tell me why it is okay for Obama and the DNC to send union thugs to these town hall meetings, but it is not okay for common, ordinary American citizens to go to these town hall meetings and express their outrage? Will you answer that?

      As for MSLSD, err, I mean MSNBC you don’t really expect them to do anything other than spew the White House talking points, do you? I mean who owns NBC? GE does. They own 80% of NBC. Who is in bed with Obama and stands to profit from his health care? GE. Point made, MSNBC sucks.

      • This guy is a gem. I wonder how he explains the videos of the union goons beating people up? I also wonder how he can explain that we can show the money and connections between the Dems, the unions, and “community organizations.” But there are none for the other side? How might he explain all of the quotes regarding single payer from the left? I assembled them all in my latest post.

        Actually, it was going around that Obama had some professional trolls to go to Conservative forums and Blogs to distract, discourage, and cause dissent. They apparently used them against Hillary in the primaries-to great effect Since this idiot comes here and makes assertions with absolutely no evidence, he might be one. Either that, or he’s just a troll. Either way, fail troll is fail.

  3. Bias writing will endear you to the party. On the Rachel Maddow show last night, Maddow summed it up best when she said that the misinformation that republicans have given out has been devastating to the health care movement. She cited Fox news for telling people to go out and cause trouble at these town hall events by continuing to disemminate the wrong info. Maddow used Sarah Palins words to show how distorted conservatives and republicans alike are continuing to ruin the process and the country.

  4. Again, no substantial refutation. I have never heard stupidity in stereo, so thank you for the dual posting. I guess when the left protests it’s alright, their mannerisms or methodology never comes into question.

  5. It’s funny we hear Republicans say that they do not want “faceless bureaucrats” making medical decisions but they have no problem with “private sector” “faceless bureaucrats” daily declining medical coverage and financially ruining good hard working people. And who says that the “private sector” is always right, do we forget failures like Long-Term Capital, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Enron, Tyco, AIG and Lehman Brothers. Of course the federal government will destroy heathcare by getting involved, Oh but wait, Medicare and Medicaid and our military men and women and the Senate and Congress get the best heathcare in the world, and oh, that’s right, its run by our federal government. I can understand why some may think that the federal government will fail, if you look at the past eight years as a current history, with failures like the financial meltdown and Katrina but the facts is they can and if we support them they will succeed.

    How does shouting down to stop the conversation of the healthcare debate at town hall meetings, endears them to anyone. Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots. How does shouting someone down or chasing them out like a lynch mob advanced the debate, it does not. So I think the American people will see through all of this and know, like the teabagger, the birthers, these lynch mobs types are just the same, people who have to resort to these tactics because they have no leadership to articulate what they real want. It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.

    • Wow, where do I begin? You start by pointing to failures of the private sector, then hold up the Government as only failing under Bush.

      Medicare and Medicaid:

      The costs of Medicare doubled every four years between 1966 and 1980. According to the 2004 “Green Book” of the House Ways and Means Committee, Medicare expenditures from the American government were $256.8 billion in fiscal year 2002. Beneficiary premiums are highly subsidized, and net outlays for the program, accounting for the premiums paid by subscribers, were $230.9 billion.

      Medicare spending is growing steadily in both absolute terms and as a percentage of the federal budget. Total Medicare spending reached $440 billion for fiscal year 2007, or 16% of all federal spending. The only larger categories of federal spending are Social Security and defense. Given the current pattern of spending growth, maintaining Medicare’s financing over the long-term may well require significant changes.

      Richard W. Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has remarked that in order to “cover the unfunded liability” for the Medicare program today over an infinite time horizon, “you would be stuck with an $85.6 trillion bill” which is “more than six times the annual output of the entire U.S. economy”, and noted that “Medicare was a pay-as-you-go program from the very beginning.

      Unlike Medicare, which is solely a federal program, Medicaid is a joint federal-state program. Each state operates its own Medicaid system, but this system must conform to federal guidelines in order for the state to receive matching funds and grants.

      Medicaid funding has become a major budgetary issue for many states over the last few years, with states, on average, spending 16.8% of state general funds on the program. If the federal match expenditure is also counted, the program, on average, takes up 22% of each state’s budget. According to CMS, the Medicaid program provided health care services to more than 46.0 million people in 2001. In 2002, Medicaid enrollees numbered 39.9 million Americans, the largest group being children (18.4 million or 46 percent). Some 43 million Americans were enrolled in 2004 (19.7 million of them children) at a total cost of $295 billion. In 2008, Medicaid provided health coverage and services to approximately 49 million low-income children, pregnant women, elderly persons, and disabled individuals. Federal Medicaid outlays were estimated to be $204 billion in 2008.

      All that information is on Wikipedia. Not hard at all to find. So Medicare has doubled in cost every four years from 1966 to 1980. Medicaid is nearly breaking some states and in most cases, as stated above, Medicaid is around 20% of those states’ budgets. Yet according to you, Government run health care is “fine, the best in the world.” Tell me Paul, do you even KNOW anyone on Medicare or Medicaid? I do. And those I know on Medicaid are continually being denied services and drugs.

      You say that private sector companies ration care now. That is true. But tell me, aren’t people free to find other insurance companies? I admit that isn’t always an easy process, but the choice is there. And besides, people are free to sue if they think an insurance company is denying them coverage they are entitled to. Under Government run health care, you HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE!! You cannot go to another company under single payer. You cannot sue your Government, all you can do is go home and die. Literally. Yet you claim it is the best health care in the world. Try going to a VA hospital. Or Government run health care on our Indian Reservations. Have you ever actually tried to see what those institutions are like? How well they treat their patients? No, you haven’t.

      Now to your last point. The shouting down at the town hall meetings.

      You say: “Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots.

      So the people protesting are K Street Lobbyists, huh? Republican operatives? Well that is strange since I called my Senator, Dick Durbin and his office told me that only people on his mailing list are being invited to any town hall meeting he might have. How many “Republican operatives” do you suppose are on his mailing list? And he is not the only elected official doing this. The staffer at his office said most of them are only having meetings by invitation. Kinda blows your theory right outta the water. But let’s look further, since that probably won’t change your mind. Let’s examine this “memo” that is supposedly from a nation wide PAC, and is organizing on a country wide basis.

      The block quote Think Progress provides from MacGuffie’s memo (dutifully reproduced on other liberal blogs) also implies there are sentiments in the memo that simply aren’t there. Each of TP’s examples of the “harassment” MacGuffie is inciting is preceded by a headline MacGuffie didn’t write, which lends a considerably more sinister tone than MacGuffie used. The bolded headlines below do not appear in the memo, but do appear in Think Progress’ block quote of it.”

      And further down it says this:

      “The memo also includes these phrases, which are left out of the reporting and demagoguery:

      “Do not bring the signs into the hall if you want any chance to be picked for a question.”

      “Don’t carry on and make a scene, just short, intermittent shout-outs,” which may sound familiar because the shout-out part was quoted without context by Think Progress.

      It also offers such guerrilla tactics as, “When the formal Q&A begins, get your hands up and keep them up— be persistent throughout the entire session. Keep body language neutral and look positive to improve chances of being selected.” It instructs participants to be ready with follow-up questions and insist that representatives answer questions instead of launching into talking points.

      The memo outlined strategies MacGuffie had used during a town hall meeting with his Rep. Jim Himes in May of this year. While organizing that event and writing the memo, he emphasized that critics should not get out of hand, he said.

      His objective was to “make sure we didn’t get kicked around, asked good, thought-out questions, and had follow-ups ready,” he said. “We took him off his script, but we did not shout him down.

      This PAC that supposedly authored this memo has pulled in a whopping FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS in contributions since its inception and has a grand total of FIVE MEMBERS!! Wow! They are masters of finance, maybe they should take on the issue of health care reform if they are that good with money.

      The point is Paul, that people are tired of their elected officials voting in lock step with Pelosi, Reid and Obama, the far left leadership of the Democratic party. They are sick of it and they are mad as hell. I for one, support their contributions to the debate.

      Now lastly, you made a comment about busing in a load of haters. What then, do you have to say about Obama asking his PAC, his PERSONAL Political Action Committee, to bus in union members of the SEIU and other like minded unions? I am sure you saw the video where they attacked a man who was giving out flags with the words “Don’t Tread On Me.” How do you defend that?

      • He’s not going to answer. You just took him off his talking points. They have rhetoric, not facts. That’s why they’re not trying to debate, instead, they just try to discredit.

  6. “It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.”

    I saw that when they were busing in ACORN AND SEIU supporters for the last week of town hall meetings. And I agree, they were all intellectually dishonest, as well as stunted. Thank you for proving a valid point.

  7. Of course, the only people on buses have been the ACORN and SEIU. The MSM has said that the protesters have been, but funny enough, there’s no pictures or video of that. Then again, they are also dressed in Nazi uniforms, but, interestingly enough, no pics of that either.

    All one has to do is reference the legislation, listen to the POTUS, read what Ezekiel Emanuel writes, and so on. The left has been foolish enough to state their intentions openly, and we have it on video.

  8. No matter what they say, as Americans, it is very important that we make our voices heard. Liberal, Conservatives, and Centrists. Just remember we can agree to disagree! Stop the shouting and disrespect. Know what the bill says – not just listen to the media hype. Listen to both sides of every issue.

    I’m reading the bill and detailing what it actually says at http://www.FaithfulinPrayer.wordpress.com. Come see what it says and let me know what you think.

  9. Very well written and directly to the point. As we have seen or should I say heard, Obama changes his tune very quickly when things don’t go his way.
    I think the word is narcissism…everything is great as long as “I” Obama have the control.

    nar·cis·sism (närs-szm) or nar·cism (närszm)
    1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself.
    2. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
    3. The attribute of the human psyche characterized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.

    Obama wants everyone to follow him and will say anything to get the ball rolling…but beware if he does not win the game. He takes the ball back and says it is mine I quit playing and all of you will too unless you play by my rules.

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