John Stossel has written an excellent piece today, makes those of us who are educated enough to pay attention to everything, versus burying our head in the sand and just take it keep pushing to keep this farce of a health care bill from being passed.
Remember, Pelosi never condemed nor called those opposing Bush UnAmerican, AstroTurf’ers or Nazi’s nor were they called racists for not Supporting Bush:
By John Stossel
August 12, 2009
“What disturbs Americans of all ideological persuasions is the fear that almost everything, not just government, is fixed or manipulated by some powerful hidden hand,” Frank Rich wrote in Sunday’s New York Times.
That manipulation should disturb us. But contrary to Rich, it is not the work of “corporatists” who have sprung up to attack progressive reforms proposed by Obama and the Democratic majority. Manipulation is what we got many years ago when we traded a more or less free market for the “progressive” interventionist state. When government is big, the well-connected always have an advantage over the rest of us in influencing public policy.
In light of all this, it’s funny to watch Democrats and their activist allies panic over the protests at congressional town meetings around the country. Tools of the corporate interests! they cry. But anyone opposing “socialized medicine” at the meeting can’t be a mouthpiece for big business because, as we’ve seen, big business supports government control. Conservative groups may be encouraging people to vent their anger at congressmen who pass burdensome legislation without even bothering to read it, but that’s no reason to insult the protestors as pawns. What’s wrong with organizations helping like-minded people to voice their opinions? Why do Democrats, such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, dismiss citizen participation as “AstroTurf” — not real grassroots — only when citizens oppose the kind of big government they favor?
They weren’t so dismissive when George W. Bush was president and people protested — appropriately — his accumulation of executive powers.
“When handfuls of Code Pink ladies disrupted congressional hearings or speeches by Bush administration officials,” Glenn Reynolds writes, “it was taken as evidence that the administration’s policies were unpopular, and that the thinking parts of the populace were rising up in true democratic fashion. … But when it happens to Democrats, it’s something different: A threat to democracy, a sign of incipient fascism … House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls the ‘Tea Party’ protesters Nazis. … “
So when lefties do it, it’s called “community organizing.”
When conservatives and libertarians do it, it’s “AstroTurf.”
Give me a break.