Being one who prefers intelligent discourse and debate to playground ad hominems, the vitriol that spews from the political left is something I try to avoid. But cliches endure because they contain truths; like, “Hold your friends close, your enemies closer.” So I occasionally don my gas mask and make a speedy, stealthy forray into the dank, near-airless recesses of the left-wingnut insane asylum.
It’s not a pretty sight. And it’s easy to walk away feeling both the need for a shower and very discouraged because, frankly, no one likes to be called names.
But the truth will, indeed, set you free so take note if you intend on seeing your own personal unrepresenting representatives during this August recess. The word on the left side of the street is that your wanting the government to keep their hands off your health care, your very presence at a townhall meeting, is being orchestrated and controlled by the Big, Bad, Evil health insurance industry.
Yes, you are being characterized as nothing more than a pawn of Big, Bad Business. You know, some of those people who create real jobs in America.
You see, the left think that everyone is like them: unable to string together logical sequences of facts and then form an opinion; in their bubble-world it’s all about “feelings”. They find it unimaginable that you or I might attend a townhall meeting because we feel it is our duty and it is our right to let our unrepresenting representatives know what we think about the issues facing us. In their simple minds, we’ve become fired up because we’ve been lied to by greedy corporate entities, not because we’ve taken the time to read the legislation and understand the negative impacts it will have not only on our already-near-empty wallets, but on our very lives and the lives of those we love.
It must be painful to be so rigid and so blind. I sometimes wonder just what purpose such people serve, except as a source of amusement (rather like watching someone trip over the garden hose and do a face-plant on the lawn right under the sprinkler) or as a stunning example of all those things about which our mothers warned. I’ve never seen such blind adherence to “fairness” served up with such utter contempt. A big example is seen with the mainstream media’s deafening silence over the fact that almost 10,000 people showed up in Columbus this past weekend to protest the current administration’s takeovers of the private sector and handing out rewards to incompetence with money we don’t even have.
I do fear many more townhalls are going to get ugly. But not because we dare to show our faces or to politely voice our disapproval and frustration, but because there are those from the left who will use it as an opportunity to attack their sworn enemy: the truth. And do so by spreading spiteful lies and by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those who will speak out against the government takeover of American medicine, doing this with only one thing in mind: to shout them down. Obama’s foot soldiers have been called to action and, robot-like, will do their duty. But because they are the ones who are truly the sheep, the moment there is disagreement with the opinions they’ve been given, the moment dialogue veers from the script they’ve memorized, the odds of uncivil, if not borderline illegal, from-the-hip reactions are quite likely.
And being sucked into their game is the last thing this country needs.
Consider yourself warned, my friends. Now is the time for cool heads to prevail. Put forth truths and let the left reveal themselves through their insensible, incoherent reactions.
We surround them.