Opposing views and free speech

Friday, August 7, 2009 Comments

"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." -- William F. Buckley, Jr.


The left can't get their heads around the concept that Americans all over the country oppose their plans for a government takeover of healthcare, so they respond with name-calling and ridicule while the Obama administration goes further and asks supporters to report any "fishy" emails or even casual conversation opposing the president's healthcare reform to the White House. Spy on your friends and neighbors and report anyone who isn't falling in line behind the president's plans to implement a plan that would limit choices, reduce quality, significantly increase debt and healthcare costs, and necessarily result in rationing by a central governmental board.

What exactly does the White House plan to do with all these reports? If they're putting together some kind of "enemies list," it's going to be a very, very long list considering that 53% of Americans oppose the health care bill.

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If I can add one more thought:

"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say, we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration." ~Hillary Clinton


I agreed with Hillary then, and I agree with her now. Unfortunately, those of us opposed to Obama's policies are being called much worse than "unpatriotic," we are being called extremists and dangerous. We are maligned as "angry mobs" simply for asking questions and wanting to have our voices heard. And these things aren't coming from just people on the left who disagree with us, which would be fine. These misrepresentations and attempts at intimidation are coming from the president and his administration, as well as our elected representatives in Congress, and they are attempting to shut down our voices through intimidation. Personally, I don't think it's going to work (thank goodness).

Folks, we have a president who goes out of his way to support and engage with terrorists and tyrants, enemies of our nation, and yet his administration is actively attacking everyday Americans simply for exercising their 1st amendment rights of free speech to question and debate his policies.

Keep standing up, America.

And if your elected officials are planning to oppose the healthcare bill, don't think you're off the hook! Attend their town halls to express your support. They need to know that we are behind them, because they will be under tremendous pressure to change their votes.

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