Since January 20, 2009, I've been wondering if I still live in America. You remember America, land of the free, home of the brave. We are granted by the U.S. Constitution the freedom to voice our opposition. Remember the protests on subjects like the Vietnam War and the War on Terror? You never heard liberals condemn these protesters and call them names. But things have changed and despite their opposition, all Americans have a right to protest…it’s as American as Apple Pie.
Just 3 months into his first term, Americans had had enough of President Obama’s spending orgy and began to let their voices be heard by organizing tea parties protests. The White House responded to these "tea parties" by saying these people were nothing but tea-baggers and the White House Press Secretary informed reporters that the president was unaware of the protest. Now fast forward to August and Americans are protesting the takeover of our health care system much to the shock of the democrats in Congress. Which brings the question - I didn't realize only democrats could protest?
On August 6, 2009, the president stated “I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.” I'm sorry, but the last time I checked I had the right to voice my opinion. You would think that our community organizer president would be happy when communities organize? Apparently, he’s only happy when they organize to promote his views. I guess the rest of America isn't supposed to protest the “biggest power grab since FDR” so they simply call us names. If you disagree with the president’s socialist agenda, you are now part of a mob and are a “right-wing extremist.” Remember the impeachment of President Bill Clinton? Then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton referred to anyone who supported the impeachment of her husband as a member of that “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
It appears that support for most of the president’s policies have now dipped below 50 percent. I grant that Americans wanted change back in November but not this kind of change. Americans are against the hijacking of our health care system, wary of government takeovers of industries, fed up with ballooning deficits, and our growing financial dependency on China. Despite these poll numbers, liberals want to ram their legislation through using the president’s charm to do so. And the American people have had enough!
Just like the tea party protests in April and July, the democrats are labeling today’s town hall meetings as “staged”, “manufactured”, and “phony.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the low road and said the Republicans were “acting like babies” simply because they are voicing their opinion. The senator went on to say “You've read about their Astroturf campaign…They want to convince people they're grassroots, and they're not.” Now that’s mature isn't it? Speaker Nancy Pelosi even accused the protesters of “carrying swastikas.” Columnist Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “these people aren't Nazis, they're Americans. Some of them looked like they'd actually spent some time fighting Nazis.”
The more Americans read the House bill on health care (something we would like the politicians to do) the more they disagree with its content. Americans are against any takeover that will result in higher taxes, increased deficits or interruption of their existing coverage. This issue, like so many others, affects each and every one of us. Wouldn't you rather live in a country where one can voice their opinion and question the actions of their government as opposed to one where the police take to the streets and beat anyone who disagree with their government?