Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Hoyer speak out in today’s USA Today, describe opposition to health care reform “un-American”
“Health care is complex,” wrote House No. 1 and No. 2 Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer in an op-ed piece in today’s USA Today. “It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts.”
The people, Madame Speaker, already know the facts. Unlike the members of your Congress, the American people have read the bill, and know the ramifications. Unlike the members of your Congress, the American people understand the natural force which is the free market, and they know what will happen — that, while public and private options for health insurance may exist temporarily, private insurers will never be able to compete with a federal government that prints its own money and sets its own rules; that costs will go up for private insurance, and employers from coast to coast will soon find it more cost-effective to pay a fee and deny private insurance for employees, forcing them to enroll in the public option.
This unwanted, unnecessary reform will be the slow death of private sector health care. It will pull the plug on American ingenuity. It will systematically numb the quality of care. And it was designed this way. And we all know it.
The people, Nancy, have read your thousand-page health care bill. And because health care is so complex, because health care touches every American life, when their elected representatives reluctantly return to their district for recess and town hall meetings, the people have questions. About the facts. And when those questions are answered with the same collection of lies, misrepresentations and misdirection peddled each and every day from Capitol Hill–not to mention in your USA Today commentary–they understandably get louder. And when rooms are stocked with burly and intimidating union supporters, and when doors are closed to the public, they understandably get frustrated, and understandably get angry.
See, Congress hasn’t much had the American people in mind recently. You’ve thrown the nation into debt which we will not be capable of bearing for long. You’ve abandoned all promises of transparency and bipartisanship, taking steps to shut down, shut out and shut up any and all opposition and dissent from Republican Party officials and individual Americans alike, whether the issue be so-called economic stimulus, or the global transfer of wealth, destruction of the economy and death of American exceptionalism disguised not-so-cleverly as energy and environmental legislation. You don’t listen. So we shout. And you don’t like it.
That’s where you get the idea that we’re “[d]rowning out opposing views.” The problem, however, is that it is the American people who are gasping for breath, who are begging to be heard, who are clamoring for a chance to ensure that our children and our children’s children are not worn raw from the bondage of debt.
And you dare call us un-American?
It’s your behavior, Nancy Pelosi, that has been borderline treasonous. And it hasn’t just been with regard to health care. Time and time again, you’ve toed that line by placing party before country, whether it be by blocking the renewal of intelligence-gathering authority back in May and June 2008, or intentionally and needlessly causing strife in relations between the United States and Turkey (not to mention putting our troops in harm’s way) in 2006 by dredging up a decades-old congressional resolution to recognize as “genocide” the 1915 Turkish slaughter of Armenians at a time when we needed the Turks for supply line and overflight during the height of the Iraq war, or alienating our intelligence community by repeatedly accusing–without any evidence–that the CIA was systematically lying to Congress about detainee interrogation tactics. And the list goes on.
Last I checked, those honest, everyday concerned Americans gathering to speak with their representatives at community centers and libraries from east coast to west have not been actively working against the American economy, nor have they been actively placing American lives in jeopardy. No, Nancy, we’ll leave that to you.
You cite a few examples of how Americans, angry at a lack of representation bordering on spiteful, express that frustration. You mention a congressman “hanging in effigy” now, but were oddly silent when your own constituents burned former President George W. Bush in effigy, or attended movies which depicted his assassination.
You mention an “ugly campaign” now, but apparently had your eyes closed for the previous eight years. Whatever happened to the “dissent is patriotic” bumper stickers which adorned so many cars in your home district, Madame Speaker? Or did you forget that, in the years of sitting on your high horse in Washington, D.C., you actually have constituents to represent?
The audacity of your faux outrage, unfathomably inappropriate after you just last week accused ordinary citizens of being Nazi sympathizers, is surpassed only by your ignorance as to the type of government over which you hold court. “The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy,” you and Rep. Hoyer write. The problem, Madame speaker, is that we don’t live in a democracy, but rather a constitutional representative republic. You work for us, not the other way around. Yet you denounce our efforts to merely have our voices and opinions heard, nonetheless heeded, in Washington as “un-American.” This, from the woman who advocates the return of the Fairness Doctrine. This, from the woman who shuts out her Republican counterparts while promising compromise. Your hypocrisy is off the charts, even by political standards.
Oddly enough, I take pleasure in it. Every time you open your taut mouth, every time you mention another piece of legislation or argue in favor of one already in the works, you add another nail in the coffin holding your precious Democratic Party. Slowly but surely, your party is being exposed for what it is, and Americans everywhere are waking up to realize that you and your flunkies have never, ever had the health, well-being, safety, security or prosperity of America or Americans at heart — only your agenda, your thirst for power in perpetuity. The more you reach, the more we push back. And now, desperate, you seek to muzzle opposition and dissent, simultaneously reframing the argument so as to suggest that it is instead us Americans who are somehow trying to silence you, the one with the biggest megaphone.
So keep talking, Speaker Pelosi. Keep attacking everyday Americans. Keep accusing us of being un-American. Keep making up lies about the people. Keep trying to undermine our economy, our security, our military. Keep ignoring our Constitution. Your particular congressional seat is safe, I assure you, but I will delight in your political misery as you preside over a shrinking minority in years to come.
If you want facts to prevail, consider the truth: your leadership will contribute to the demise of your party. Keep it up.