Top House Democrats Call Town Hall Disruptions ‘Un-American’

Pelosi says “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American,” yet this is exactly what she hopes to do by painting opposing views as “un-American.” They don’t want a debate, because that would give voice to the opposing viewpoints. I believe if this were put to a vote of the people, you would see those who want government to take care of them (mostly people living in large metropolitan areas) would want it, while more self-sufficient types (mostly rural dwellers) would prefer government stayed out of it. I’m not sure which would win, but I can say I would vote for the “government stay out of my business” position.

Anyway, there are two basic sides to this issue, and Pelosi and the others of  her ilk (and the MSM) want to paint people who are opposed to government controlled health care as all manner of things not Progressive, such as un-American, racists, right-wing extremists, etc. The only “debate” they want on the issue is how much the government will initially intrude into your life (I say “initially” because ultimately, they want full control, but are aware that they can’t pull this off all at once).

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From ABC News:

In an oped in USA Today titled “‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., attack those who’ve been raucously protesting health care reform at town hall meetings.

“These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves,” the write. “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.”

Pelosi and Hoyer say “an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted ‘Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.”

Read the rest:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/08/top-house-democrats-call-town-hall-disruptions-unamerican.html

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One Response

  1. I think both sides have taken essentially the same tactics. Labeling each other with invectives, giving their supporters a ‘playbook’, and attempting to use the media to their advantage. All of this is okay. It is okay because in America we have the right to freedom of speech, assembly and freedom of the press. These are rights that thousands have given their lives to protect.

    The debate on health care which consumes nearly a fifth of the national economy and involves everyone is something that we should openly debate and understand the intended and unintended consequences of before we change an entire system.

    It is important to provide better access, bend the cost curve so that health care is affordable (and not just through shifting costs by taxing), and improving the quality of the care delivered.

    We are a country that leads the world in health care innovation. We have to zealously protect that aspect. No other country in the world is positioned to take our place if we take our eye off this important work.

    Follow many aspects of the health care debate and information about health care delivery at http://www.ilovebenefits.wordpress.com

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