USAToday: Nancy Pelosi Says Townhall Protesters are “Un-American” – Is This the Change We are Supposed to Believe In?
August 10, 2009 24 Comments
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things…”
—Barack Obama, January 20, 2009.
ATLANTA— The wheels have officially fallen off the “change bus” for Barack Obama. His healthcare initiative is tanking in the polls, the White House is telling its supporters to “punch back twice as hard” against health care reform protesters, and Nancy Pelosi has dropped an op-ed into USA Today which basically calls town-hall protesters “un-American.” After 6 short months in office, I see nothing of the change Barack Obama promised during the 2008 election year and on inauguration day. When he runs for reelection in 2012, what will he be able to run on?
As I contemplate Mrs. Pelosi’s baseless allegations that town-hall protesters are essentially un-American and Mr. Obama’s calls to his supporters to “punch back twice as hard,” I cannot help but wonder what the media blitz would be like if George W. Bush had done the same to anti-war protestors in 2003, or to protesters against his Social Security initiative in 2005, or to protesters against his immigration reform bill in 2006? To my recollection, he never did any of these things. In fact, I recall the Bush White House saying at various times they welcome the protests as a sign of the strength of our democracy and as a model for Iraq, Afghanistan and the broader Middle East to follow.
The Obama White House and the Pelosi-led House seem to have a different view of dissent that seems un-welcoming of alternative viewpoints and is therefore somewhat more closely aligned with the current state of affairs in the Middle East.
This is not the change we expected to see upon Mr. Obama’s election. What a fraud and an extreme dissappointment.
Three cheers for the town-hall protesters- we need health reform, but not the kind Mr. Obama and Mrs. Pelosi are trying to force on us!