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Republicans are willfully naïve

Posted: September 19, 2009 7:56 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2009 7:55 p.m.
Reagan said: “Facts are inconvenient things.”

No problem for his current self-appointed acolytes; they just make stuff up.

Three Letters to the Editor in the Tuesday, Sept. 8 edition of The Signal (“Trust Obama? No way,” “Kraut over the edge,” “No ‘Harvey Milk Day’”), shared the current conservative approach to everything: “Be afraid, be very afraid.”

It makes no difference what is written in a piece of legislation; as Gary Curtis shows, just make stuff up and rail against it.

Obama is going to kill grandma veterans and Republicans, destroy Medicare and our democracy, indoctrinate our children, take over health care, take over all corporations, ban guns, etc. — all made up of whole cloth, all false, all taken up by impressionable people who are afraid of, as FDR said, “fear itself.”

It would be one thing if we could all agree on the facts and have a rational discussion of what differing people see as the result of those facts.

It’s another when one side just ignores the facts completely.

When a political party cynically uses fear to derail legislation because passage of that legislation would make it more difficult for that party to get elected, the warning about political parties from George Washington rings true.

Videotapes of town hall meetings showing signs with our president in Nazi uniform or with a Hitler mustache are easily seen.

Since their existence is inconvenient for Rob Wilson, he simply claims they don’t exist.

Problem solved.

There were a number of intercepted e-mails instructing the anti-forces how to disrupt and take over the town hall meetings.

One quoted statement from an e-mail stated that the goal was not to hold a discussion but to shut the meeting down.

One Congressman stated the goal was to make Obama fail in order to bring Republicans back into power.

Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth, the most powerful and richest nation in the world lags behind in infant mortality, life expectancy and good outcomes from our health care system.

We pay twice as much as every other industrialized country for a system that has us far behind those countries.

Those against health care reform are offering only more of the same process that is already not functioning well.  

With more than $1 million per day being spent to defeat this much-needed legislation, anyone who can’t or won’t see that the corporations are running this opposition is willfully naive.


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