What do you get when you elect a community organizer as President? You get a White House that spends it’s time and energy organizing the community toward political ends. It seems to be the only thing our President’s mediocre mind knows well.
You also get a White House that wants people to inform them of anything their fellow citizens do that seems “fishy.”
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss John Lewis’s classic reply to this email.
The propaganda offensive from the White House seeks to discredit its opponents — by accusing them of doing exactly what the Democrats are doing: creating a phony grass roots campaign from the top down.
The Kossacks have gotten the memo. Here is how mcjoan of Daily Kos characterizes s opposition to socialist medicine:
It’s kind of sad, isn’t it? They think they’re part of a real populist movement, but the freedom they’re fighting for is the freedom of corporations to make even more money off of them. It’s that cynicism of this astroturf campaign that’s particularly disturbing, because it’s not about the rights of citizens to freely express their dissent. It’s not a free exchange of views, it’s one side attempting to shut the other side down. It’s what the Republican party has been about since the Reagan “revolution.”
I would gladly fight for the freedom of corporations to make even more money off me. In my 52 years of life, no corporation has ever put a gun to my head and forced me to buy their product. If the government socializes medicine, I’ll be facing the state’s guns if I try to get health care outside of their monopoly.
Here is an entirely different point of view. Not only is the opposition to big government not dictated by corporations and Republicans, but it is a true grass roots phenomenon — a Leaderless Revolution. The unorganized Tea Party movement, because it does not have an official ideology, has great potential for better or worse. It will be better if it goes in the direction of individual rights, but worse if becomes religious.
It is a cliche to characterize the Republican Party as a top-down hierarchy, almost military in its discipline, whereas the Democrats are democratic, chaotic and unorganized. Will Rogers said, “Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans.”
Now the opposite is true. Everything on the left is coordinated by the Community Organizer-in-Chief. The internet leftists take their marching orders from the top and do their duty. The opposition on the right is the purest grass roots movement I can recall; it has arisen and grown entirely from millions of leaderless individuals united by their anger at the growing government and the loss of freedom. Leftists are desperately trying to smear the effort as just “right-wing extremists” led by corporations and Rush Limbaugh.
Health Care for America Now (HCAN) has published a memo on how to combat “right-wing extremists.” It advises:
It is important that you take away right-wingers opportunities to talk to reporters by making sure that your staff or leaders are in constant contact with the media who attend.
That’s the way to fight the right: make sure their ideas don’t get publicity. Which side is trying to stifle the free and open exchange of ideas?
The left is statist, and therefore more authoritarian. It is the party for “control freaks.” The pro-freedom right (as opposed to the pragmatist welfare staters and the religionists) is a leaderless phenomenon of America’s tattered tradition of individual liberty. The left is the party of totalitarian cynicism and lies. The opposition — call it the Tea Party movement if you will — is an honest reaction by millions of good people to the shocking loss of freedom in America. All the left can do is hope to “define” their opponents with smears that are actually a self-portrait.