I'm generally pretty quiet and/or brief when I post on the political forums. This is mostly because I get so angry that I damn near pass out when I see certain things going on in politics. But good lord, the health care debates have gotten obscene. I can not remember any time in my life where I have been paying attention to political news where I have seen such gross hypocrisy and outright lying by the conservative movement. Let me set this up for some of you who may be unfamiliar with US Politics by either being based outside the country or simply not really paying attention:
Back when we had our idiot king, they paraded him around to town hall meetings to answer questions from 'real Americans', most of which were softball questions planted by his administration, or worse not questions at all and simply praise of the awesome job he was doing. In reality, they were screening people going in, and banned anyone who might be critical or protest. In fact, they made 'no protest zones' near the town halls, so our illustrious leader wouldn't know that anyone disagreed with him. They even went so far as to stage an entire 'media event', complete with softball questions and praise from fake reporters.
Some examples:Defending Bush's screening of attendees.Critics barred from town hall meeting.Two people arrested for wearing anti-Bush t-shirts at town hall meeting.3 protesters forcibly removed from public town hall meeting.Arrested protesters look to the courts for justice.Woman arrested for Bush=McCain sign.Fake FEMA news conference.
So removing people who disagreed with you in a fairly normal fashion, holding signs or wearing t-shirts, and having them arrested was perfectly okay by the previous administration's standards. Apparently so was lying to the public outright. We're not talking state-secret sort of lies, we're talking lying through their teeth about every goddamned policy and every decision. That alone was enough to infuriate me.
But lo and behold, the latest bullshit move by the republicans is simply jaw dropping. The level of hypocrisy and lies has got to be hitting some kind of critical mass. The sheer amount of, as Pete put it, wharrgarbl
being thrown at the Democrats and the American public in general is disgusting. The new strategy from the republicans is to send a screaming horde of detractors from states outside of where the town hall meetings on health care are being held, and have them scream as long and as loud as they can so that no one can ask any real questions or even speak
. They're not there to discuss, or to protest even. They're there to be as disruptive and obnoxious as possible and to stop the democratically elected officials to even say anything. Examples:Heckling and abuse in Ybor CityBig business is in on it also.Obama administration trying to reach out to the angry mobs.Protesters being flown or bused in to create appearance of larger resistance.More asinine behavior.
But why would the Republican party want to stop public discourse with a pack of raging detractors? The answer is pretty simple: it would put an abrupt end to the ludicrous rumors and bogus talking points they've been peddling all over the internet and media. I can't believe some of the fantasy they're trying to sell people on, and most of it sounds like it's straight out of Logan's Run
or Soylent Green
. Examples:Obama will put microchips in you.Obama will replace doctors with bureaucrats.Obama will create 'death panels' to decide when old people will die.Intentional misrepresentation of the bill by a 'marine experienced in government double talk'.Doctors will not be able to see patients because Medicare/Medicaid will screw everything up.
For a collection of the astonishing, sci-fi/fantasy level of hysterical bullshittery being thrown around, use this link: Pants-On-Fire lies about health care (and other things).
How dare they. How dare the far right on this country spend eight years arresting, silencing, and abusing the American public. How dare they, for eight years, call dissent unpatriotic, lie almost non stop, and the when the majority of the country disagrees create hysterical screaming mobs to drown out real democracy and public discourse, and shift the lie machines into full gear. I desperately want a real choice, a real two party system where I have a tough call to make every election. But no, the opposition minority in this country seems intent in throwing tantrums like spoiled brats, and taking to ludicrous acts of desperation to smear and drown out any voice that disagrees with them. Every single one of them should be disgusted with themselves, but if past behavior is any indicator, this insanity won't be ending anytime soon.