It isn’t just that the Republican’s false flag town hall protestors are loud and rude — though they are. It’s that they’re not saying anything. Rather like Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Eva Perón, they won’t say much, but they’ll say it loud.
Consider what you’ve heard from these putatively independent, concerned citizens: they’ll euthanize grandma, they’ll ration care, I don’t trust Obama, I want my country back, this is socialism, this is communism, this is fascism. It’s all thoroughly unsubstantive, so much sound and fury, the stuff that sandwich boards and subterranean handbillers are made of, or an out and out lie, of which
Governor Unemployed Ghost-Written Facebook Blogger Sarah Palin’s are the worst. It’s not that the sentiment isn’t genuine. Maybe it is. Even so, I don’t care and neither should you. There are reasons to oppose the proposed health care bill, but these aren’t them.
We’ve seen this strategy of distraction politics before. For eight long years, the GOP approach to governing was not to win the debate, but to muddy the waters with enough half-truths until no-one could say who’d won, through the detritus of the daily news cycle. Sure, CIA and ambassadors across the board doubt the Iraq WMD intel. But look! One of them is married to a spy! Sure, Bush is losing both the war and the peace. But is his opponent too French? And haha! Look at him windsurf! It almost carried them through the ’08 election, too, with “serious questions” about Obama’s patriotism, and his pastor.
Bottom line, the modern Republican Party has never trusted the American people enough to engage them on the issues. If they did, the health care debate would look different. We wouldn’t necessarily win a debate on the merits, but at least the American people would’ve learned in the process. An honorable battle, in which all combatants would keep their honor. This, apparently, is too much to hope for.
We deserve better. The uninsured and suffering across America deserve better. This isn’t about socialism. It’s about them.
Also, fire Glenn Beck.