So I realized that my rant on health care reform was kind of mean-spirited. I was talking to my pastor, the venerable Brent Jones, and he brought up how he was going to Congressman Pete Stark’s town hall meeting this morning at a bright and early 8AM. He said that he was going to go and try to voice his opinion, because he felt that the media has made this reform effort into a circus, when there are actually a lot of people who want to sit down and have a real discussion about what’s going on here. He suggested that the media has accused more conservative people for organizing groups to go to these town hall meetings and raise a ruckus about the reform, but failed to mention that the Democratic Party has itself been organizing and hiring people off Craig’s List to go to these same meetings to counter these attacks and present a more liberal perspective.
Now, of course, I don’t know how much of this is true. I searched Craig’s List and couldn’t find anything. But the fact of the matter is, this shouldn’t surprise me and I am somewhat ashamed of myself for kind of just accepting the idea that a lot of people are ignorant. Granted, there are a lot of media folk who are exploiting people’s general ignorance about the topic and urging them to take uninformed action, and THAT makes up about 90% of the media focus on the actual health care issue. It is at these people that I was ranting against.
However, it should be no surprise that there is a possibility that Democrats do the same. It’s politics. But when this happens, you are infringing on people’s right to speech by trying to suggest that there is a whole spectrum of opinions, when in fact, a lot of people are upset. EXTREMELY upset. And that’s not okay.
I TOTALLY accept and welcome anybody who considers themselves leaning more to the right and believes that this bill isn’t the best bill for America for rational reasons. Because the economy can’t support it. Because there is still a lot of lobbying going on and it doesn’t seem like it is in the best interests of the American people. I don’t mean to bash on these perspectives, because they ARE valid. In no way do I intend to say that this bill is perfect, but on an issue like health care, where the consequences and repercussions of inaction reach far into our economy and the general welfare of the nation, doing nothing doesn’t really seem like a viable solution.
So yeah, that’s all I wanted to say. cool beans. peace.