We are witnessing something terribly ugly in America this summer. Obama is leading a campaign to shift our peaceful democratic process away from civil discussions of programs and candidates to using the power of the state to bully those who oppose the majority party's policy proposals. The threat may be as subtle as the fear of being reported by a neighborhood informant to the White House, or as overt as stick-wielding union toughs who might not approve of the way you ask your congressman a question.On the contrary when I saw this headline at Real Clear Politics, it referred to those health care reform opponents as "hooligans". This op/ed is from the NY Times:
During his campaign last year, the president famously told his supporters to "get in the faces" of those who disagreed with his vision for America. One of his Chicago mentors recalled in a 2007 New Republic profile that Obama, as a community organizer, was "the best student he ever had, a natural, the undisputed master of agitation" to gain political power. Sadly, now that he has it, he is turning it against those who oppose him.
One of the most frustrating aspects of the health care debate is that the people who most want reform are the most apathetic about it.I can sense that the mood right now is passionate. On both sides of this issue there are those who wants health reform and those who may oppose it for various reasons. Personally I'm concerned about the idea that government wants to take control of the health care system.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released on Wednesday, nearly 8 in 10 Democrats said that they favor “Barack Obama’s plan to reform health care,” compared with just 19 percent of Republicans.
Yet, according to a Gallup poll released last week, only 47 percent of Democrats said that they had a good understanding of the issues involved in the current health care debate. Fifty-eight percent of the Republicans polled said that they understood.
Furthermore, a Pew Research Center poll released on Thursday found that Democrats were the least likely to say that they were following the debate over health care reform “very closely.” Only 42 percent of Democrats said that they were, compared with 45 percent of the independents and 56 percent of the Republicans polled.
And while Democrats are sitting it out, Republicans are storming in.
There can be some agreement that there must be reform. The main question we have to ask is, what is the best way to reform the current system. Must we go to a single-payer system or should we improve upon the system we already have?
Well here are a couple of other links, however, these are obviously biased against the Obama health care plan:
Health Care Industry Shouldn't Be Taken Without Due Process And Compensation - IBD
This op/ed makes the claim that any plan for the government to take control of the health care system is not constitution especially if taken without due process and compensation.
Meet the Mob - The Dana Show
These pics are hilarious especially with the captions that seeks to illustrate the absurdities of accusing those citizens who oppose any health care plan from Washington of being members of an angry mob.