Why People are Furious at Congress

From Tony Blankley:

“As the town hall meetings on health care started in early August, the Democratic Party’s talking points accused the attending citizens of being “demonstrators hired by K Street lobbyists.” Then they started calling them a “mob.” Getting into the spirit of his party, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called those who oppose Obamacare “evil.” Then House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called the dissenters “un-American.” For good measure, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused them of being Nazis.

Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter followed with the assertion that “racism” motivates President Barack Obama’s health care opponents. The culmination — so far — of this cataract of calumnies was voiced by Pelosi, who, after calling her opposition Nazis, audaciously and chillingly implied that their rhetoric might cause an assassination (as she alleged conservative homophobic rhetoric did in the 1970s): “I have concerns about some of the language that is being used, because I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening.”

The Democratic Party is playing with fire — particularly its charge of racism. Once again, the president correctly rejected that rhetoric. I don’t know whether those Democrats who wield that hateful charge — from Carter on down — have any sense of the outrage they are engendering.

Almost 60 percent of the public opposes the Democratic health care proposals. And rarely has opposition to a great issue so vividly and unambiguously been based on profound policy disputes — not personalities or race or other bigotries.

We who oppose it are furious with what we believe is the intent to end private-sector health care and replace it with a government-run system that denies us our birthright of freedom regarding the precious matter of our families’ health. We are also appalled at the trillions of dollars of new debt that the proponents of the plan would add — even as our country, unbelievably, has been brought to the brink of bankruptcy. Whether we are right or wrong is a matter of policy debate.

But to feel these passions so profoundly and then to be accused of such a base motive as racism for our sincerely held views is almost too much to contain. No good can come from such a flagrant assault on the honor and decency of 60 percent of our people.”

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