Members of Congress have taken to calling those who are angry and attend health care town hall meetings “un-American” and a “right wing mob”. Anyone who has viewed segments of these meetings should come to the opinion that while some may be on a mission from an organization, the crowd in general seems to support the more outspoken attendees. Speaker Pelosi has demonized anti-health care bill protesters at town hall meetings. Her demonization of these very upset and frustrated people confirms that she is a hypocrite—watch in her own words.
Perhaps the anger goes deeper than the actual health care bill. Perhaps the anger reaches all the way to defending one’s rights against a federal government intent on rolling right over the individual. In this bill are requirements for citizens to attend counseling sessions and to create a board which will decide what procedures are good or bad for the people based on a formula. As in other counties being held up as bastions of humane treatment by providing health care for all, this formula will look at a person’s age or health status to determine if the individual is entitled to a procedure, a type of care, or a pill.
Here is the $64 question! Where does the federal government derive its authority to dictate how an American obtains health care or insurance and where he or she obtains health care or insurance? What part of the supreme law of the land, the Constitution, provides the federal government the right to make these decisions and interfere with the lives of its citizens’ freedom of choice about health care management?
Our Constitution is unique in that it provides the federal government with limited specific powers and it attempts to protect the citizens from their own federal government. At some point in the last twenty years, we have forgotten this important constitutional keystone of our republic. We must assume that the Speaker of the House and the Majority Whip of the Democratic Party in the House in their leadership positions should be acutely aware of the freedoms provided citizens in the Constitution and the limits on the federal government. If they are not aware, then they should not be in those positions.
Since there is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes the federal government to minimize the health rights of the citizen, the anger being seen at town hall meetings may very well encompass more than simply a disagreement on healthcare. These attendees are furious over the federal government’s unconstitutional attempt to regulate the health care of individuals and thus appear to be an unruly organized mob. Their anger, most likely, also extends to the recent out of control spending by Congress and the prior and present administrations.
If you listen carefully, there is distrust of government and government representatives reflected in the comments of the attendees. And if you listen more carefully to the comments from the Democratic hosts of these town halls, you will hear often disingenuous and trite statements and a desire not to listen to the attendees. Often these disingenuous or trite comments inflame the already angry attendees to an even higher degree.
Since much of this healthcare bill is a gross violation of the powers provided the federal government under the constitution (if you don’t believe me, read it here or for a simpler version here), the attendees are being driven to frustrated ugly mob status because no one appears to be listening. These deaf ears are attributed to the leadership in the House of Representatives and other federally elected officials.
Consider that this healthcare bill, specifically H.R. 3200, is enormous and hard to digest; the Democrats often themselves do not understand what is in the bill; and yet are attempting to unconstitutionally takeover one sixth of our economy while in the dark about the bill. This is not only inadequate representation, it is also unconstitutional behavior.
If these actions by our elected representatives do not make you angry, you are not paying attention or you are getting your information from the wrong sources. You need to join the angry mob, if only to defend the freedoms granted you in the constitution. These freedoms are a bigger issue than little old healthcare.