The business of congressional service. Palin sensitivities. Pulp Bastards. National service on September 11. Plus more.
GIVING HIM THE BUSINESS
Re: Robert M. Goldberg’s What I Saw at the Health Care Revolution:
What I saw at a recent “town hall” meeting of my long-time-serving congressman was the same display of anger and concern about government takeover of our lives. There was also a lot of agitation about how the Democrats and the president have ridiculed and spoken maliciously of Americans who disagree with whatever Obamacare is.
There were lots of boos, sometimes prolonged, but very few heckles. At times, the congressman combatively fell back on the tired old Democrat-Obama “blame Bush and Republicans” mantra. At times, too many times, it seemed to me he was not really there to listen, but simply to insist that the president and Congress do know best, not we who hire them.
In fact, early in that Monday-morning meeting — which had to be moved outside of the building because the small room would not accommodate all who wanted to attend — the congressman declared, “I’ve been in this business for 33 years.” To wit, a late-20-ish-early-30-ish man behind me yelled back, “It’s not a business, it’s service.”
Therein lies, I think, the growing compound fracture between Congress, the presidency and the rest of America: The two former do not understand that they serve us.
For what it’s worth, too, most of the crowd seemed to reject the incredible and accelerated overreach we’ve seen with the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress. And more than a few Baby Boomers, or those just behind or just in front in age, with whom I chatted said they think there’s coming a time when things may spill or may have to spill into the streets — if the Congress does not honor what Americans are saying now.
Finally, in an exchange with the congressman, I mentioned that many of us are upset about how the president and Congress are attempting to ramrod healthcare “reform” through legislation. He immediately said that such attempts at reform weren’t new, that it’d been started over 20 years ago, blah-blah-blah.
I countered that he knew, that we all knew, that had the House passed H.R. 3200 or whatever before the current August recess, he and I and the crowd would not be attending his “town hall.” As I recall, he did not answer.
Nor did he respond when I suggested that there appears to be no government program, of any sort, about which Congress has ever overestimated the real costs.
Oh, yes, when queried about whether we could have the same healthcare option Congress has or if he would use what could be available to the hoi polloi, he flippantly avoided any answer by saying that everyone would have a choice.
Yes, we will: It’ll be at the ballot
boxes in 2010 and 2012.
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia
PALINISM BY PROXY
Re: Quin Hillyer’s Death Panels by Proxy:
Forgive me, Quin. I’m having a chuckle at your expense. First, I confess, I read the blog before responding. You sure know how to stir the coals. And while I’m not a journalist, allow me to offer a little friendly advice: don’t begin such a fine article by attempting to frame an intellectual discussion with what could even conceivably pass for an ad hominem attack of a polarizing personality like Sarah Palin. Given the times we live in and the nature of the debate, it isn’t worth it when the alternatives would suffice. Just sayin’!
— Mike Showalter
In responding to Quin Hillyer’s piece, a number of readers took exception with his comments about Sarah Palin. Why? Sarah Palin by characterizing Obama’s end of life counseling as “death panels” opened and enlivened the debate. That Hillyer and other conservatives are not comfortable with Palin’s use of the term “death panels” is irrelevant. This is not a fight about semantics it is a battle against Obama and the Democrats’ scheme to take over health care thus making it less efficient, less effective, costlier and deadlier.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online