So says Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi in a USA Today column penned by the two, which, you probably have heard about at this point, but, Real Life, in the form of a monthly inventory count, kept me from commenting on
However, it is now evident that 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.
These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.
So, in their world, exercising your First Amendment Rights to protest and be heard is un-American in their world. I wonder what they think of SEIU thugs who assault people exercising their 1st Amendment Rights? I remember when dissent was patriotic, even when those on the Left wanted the United States to lose in Iraq, simply because they hated George Bush.
Really, what else is there to say? This is what the Democrat leadership has come to. I wonder if any Democrats will revolt over this disgusting attack on the citizenry of the United States? Will any of them have the fortitude?
John Boehner (Republican) had this to say on the subject
“For months, House Democratic leaders have worked to silence any opposing views in this health care debate, both here in Washington and around the country where millions of Americans are struggling in this economy. Every poll taken in the last month shows that a majority of Americans are concerned about, if not outright opposed to, the Democrats’ plan because of the cost and consequences it would mean for their own health care. Each public forum should give every participant the opportunity to express their views, but to label Americans who are expressing vocal opposition to the Democrats’ plan “un-American” is outrageous and reprehensible.
“The American people deserve answers to basic questions about whether the Democrats’ plan will increase health care costs, add to the deficit, increase taxes on middle-class families and small businesses, put government between doctors and patients, force anyone to lose their current health coverage, kill jobs, promote taxpayer-funded abortion, or cut Medicare. The fact is Democrats have not been able to address the very real concerns the American people have.
“It’s time for Democrats to start listening. When we return to Washington in September, Democrats should scrap their costly plan and finally work on bipartisan reforms that give Americans what they are seeking: better access to affordable care.”
I was hoping he would go ballistic, but, I’m sure by the end of the day there will be a few elected Republicans who will not couch their reply so civiliy, nor should they.
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