I don’t know who Mike Shaw is, and I am certainly new to his site, ShortForOrdinary.com, but he was responsible for putting together a great piece showing one way to discern exactly which side of the ongoing health care debate can tout a true grassroots movements and which one is, as Nancy Pelosi put it, “astroturf.”
About two weeks ago, when I attended my congressman’s town hall meeting here in downtown Philadelphia (outside his district), I noted that the signage and stickers and such were obviously a byproduct of an organized movement. Mr. Shaw, however, put video to that sentiment, and he should be applauded for it.
Don’t let anyone tell you that this unrest and growing distrust in government is somehow anything but genuine. If it is manufactured at all, it is orchestrated by the actions and conduct of our executive and legislative branches as they look to reach further and further into each aspect of our daily lives. The federal government has no role whatsoever in health care, and whatever segment of the industry it has previously hijacked for itself–medicare and the VA system, for example–is proving itself to be failing miserably.
America is waking up. The carefully-crafted posters and signs wielded by everyday concerned Americans at that rally in Tuscon, Arizona shows just that. Great job by Mike Shaw of shedding even more light on the awakening.