Silent majority will be silent no more

Tue, 08/18/2009 - 3:51pm
By: Letters to the ...

Just three months into his first term, Americans had had enough of President Obama’s spending orgy and began to let their voices be heard by organizing tea parties protests.

The White House responded to these “tea parties” by saying these people were nothing but tea-baggers and the White House Press Secretary informed reporters that the president was unaware of the protest.

Now fast forward to August, and Americans are protesting the takeover of our healthcare system, much to the shock of the Democrats in Congress. I didn’t realize only Democrats could protest.

On Aug. 6, 2009, the president stated, “I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”

I’m sorry, but the last time I checked I had the right to voice my opinion. You would think that our community organizer president would be happy when communities organize. Apparently, he’s only happy when they organize to promote his views.

I guess the rest of America isn’t supposed to protest the “biggest power grab since FDR” so they simply call us names. If you disagree with the president’s socialist agenda, you are now part of a mob and are a “right-wing extremist.”

It appears that support for most of the president’s policies have now dipped below 50 percent. I grant that Americans wanted change back in November but not this kind of change. Americans are against the hijacking of our healthcare system, wary of government takeovers of industries, fed up with ballooning deficits, and our growing financial dependency on China.

Despite these poll numbers, liberals want to ram their legislation through, using the president’s charm to do so. And the American people have had enough.

Just like the tea party protests in April and July, the Democrats are labeling today’s town hall meetings as “staged,” “manufactured,” and “phony.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the low road and said the Republicans were “acting like babies” simply because they are voicing their opinion. The senator went on to say, “You’ve read about their Astroturf campaign ... They want to convince people they’re grassroots, and they’re not.”

Now that’s mature, isn’t it? Speaker Nancy Pelosi even accused the protesters of “carrying swastikas.” Columnist Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “these people aren’t Nazis, they’re Americans. Some of them looked like they’d actually spent some time fighting Nazis.”

The more Americans read the House bill on healthcare (something we would like the politicians to do) the more they disagree with its content.

Americans are against any takeover that will result in higher taxes, increased deficits or interruption of their existing coverage. This issue, like so many others, affects each and every one of us.

About a letter by Ed Outlaw in a recent edition: despite his claims, my letter was not “full of incorrect statements.” I am simply telling people what the liberals won’t.

It’s obvious Mr. Outlaw and I don’t see eye to eye on healthcare legislation. We can cite article after article in support and in opposition of a government takeover of our healthcare system.

In a recent article by Dr. Ezekial Emanuel, one of the president’s medical advisors, in January of this year, Dr. Emanuel announced “the complete lives system.”

This system would “produce a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated ... age can be established quickly and accurately from identity documents.”

This is where the president’s planned Federal Health Board will come into play and make choices for you on your healthcare.

Mr. Outlaw mentioned that Canadians are satisfied with their health care. A recent survey found that 83 percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care, so why should we change?

If Canadians are satisfied, then why do they come here for life-saving treatments and use the U.S. as a “medical-care safety valve?”

In 1997, Quebec citizen George Zeliotis was told he needed hip replacement surgery and that the wait time was one year, so he got on the list and waited. He was prohibited from purchasing private insurance under Quebec’s existing laws and couldn’t afford to pay for the surgery out of his own pocket.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jacques Chaoulli, an advocate for the private sector when it came to healthcare, attempted to get a license to “operate an independent private hospital” but was denied. The two men joined together and sued the Attorney General of Quebec.

In Chaoulli v. Quebec (2005), Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin of the Canadian Supreme Court stated “access to a waiting list is not access to healthcare” and Canadian Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps stated that “this case shows that delays in the public healthcare system are widespread, and that, in some cases, patients die as a result of waiting lists for public healthcare.”

While the decision affected only the Province of Quebec, it could set a precedent for the rest of Canada.

I am aware that Medicare is a government program, but according to the Medicare Trustee’s Report, this program will be bankrupt by 2017. Medicare has provided medical care for seniors, but the government hasn’t been able to run it efficiently, so why would we want them running healthcare for everyone?

When it comes to healthcare in America, one size doesn’t fit all.

Laura Lunsford

Fayetteville, Ga.

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Submitted by h39291 on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 10:01am.

Hey where were you guys when the Republicans were spending us into olbivion from 2000-2006? Where was the outrage then??? Just because a guy you didn't vote for is in the White you decide to complain about spending and taxes? A little hypocritical don't you think?

What we need is a balanced-budget amendment and a fair tax system.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 9:20pm.

"Where were you guys when Bush" add you favorite line..

It says alot about you Progressives when you thought it was so wrong to spend ourselves to oblivion back when Bush was in the Whitehouse.. BUT WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE NOW.. while Obama and crew quadruples the debt and sells our grand childrens future to the Chinese.. I can't hear you!!!

"Any People who expect to be both IGNORANT and FREE, in a state of CIVILIZATION, expects what NEVER was and NEVER will be."

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Submitted by dawn69 on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 10:38am.

Sucking on lollipops and drinking Kool-aid. Yep, we were all in La La land with our spoonful full of sugar until now. Seriously?

Two things that have ALWAYS outraged free thinking people are spending and taxes!

You assume that anyone speaking out NOW has NEVER spoken out before. That makes you narrow and immature. By the way, many that DID vote for Obama are equally critical.

P.S. I voted for Clinton - TWICE! - and did not agree with everything he did (I'm sure the Kurds would disagree too.) Voted for Gore and was screaming about the fault in our election system. Voted for Bush the second time around and thought that he could have done more for border control. Voted for McCain - accepted that Obama won - hoped against my own skepticism that he would be 'successful'. If I disagree with his policies, it's NOT because MY GUY isn't in office.

It is apparent that many like yourself who are outraged at the outrage are so because of your own myopic views.

"I am not contained between my hat and my boots." - Walt Whitman

Submitted by h39291 on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 8:58pm.

Say what you will...but except for me... there was not one person complaining about the Republican party's spend, spend, spend policies of 2000-2006 at the PTC 4th of July parades. Not one person!!! At the last parade there were dozens! Why? because their guy wasn't in the White House. Hypocrites all!!!

Deficit spending is wrong always!!! IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO IS IN OFFICE.

I'm not an Obama supporter per se...but I hate hypocrites...and the Teabaggers are full of it!

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Submitted by dawn69 on Sat, 09/05/2009 - 12:38am.

...PTC 4th of July parades.

Yep, narrow and myopic!!!!

"Only a brave person is willing to honestly admit, and fearlessly to face, what a sincere and logical mind discovers." - Rodan of Alexandria

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 9:27pm.

Let me clue you in.. The United States extends past PTC.. I have been hearing it and saying it for years.. You just want to show you are superior due to your selective outrage.. Just as much hipocrisy there as you say you see..

"Any People who expect to be both IGNORANT and FREE, in a state of CIVILIZATION, expects what NEVER was and NEVER will be."

Submitted by laura2007 on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 7:22pm.

I stated that the White House called the tea party protesters "tea-baggers" and that is incorrect. Some of the far-left liberal commentators referred to them in that way. The White House on the other hand just didn't pay attention.

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Submitted by black flag on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 11:34pm.

FOX news called them 'tea-baggers' if you search for it you can find it on you tube.

Submitted by laura2007 on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 10:04am.

I guess you missed Jeanine Guilfoyle's appearance on the Keith Olberman show when she referred to the protestors "teabaggers".

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 7:39pm.

When ever the Right voices it's concerns we are called fear mongers, astroturfers, and now evil mongers.. Oh the left can wail and moan over every little thing.. but we are not legit.. We are just racist, rednecks..

Keep the faith we are RIGHT they are WRONG and we will prevail..

"Any People who expect to be both IGNORANT and FREE, in a state of CIVILIZATION, expects what NEVER was and NEVER will be."

Submitted by laura2007 on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 10:09am.

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