The phrase “Bad form!!” is used colloquially in the description of inappropriate conduct or manners in society. In many respects, this is an excellent description of the actions of various politicians in regards to protests, questions, and statements from angry and/or concerned citizens during the health care townhalls. (I must be stuck on lines from movies lately – the line was also used in the movie “Hook”)
Many of my fellow bloggers have chronicled and commented on reactions of various politicians (mostly Democratic and supporting the HR3200) during the health care townhalls. There are reports of politicians moving times of the townhalls, stacking the audience with supporters and locking protesters out, ignoring or not answering questions, and escorting “unruly people” out of the meetings. There is no shortage of news clips and YouTube videos documenting these actions.
When the respective leaders of the House and Senate calling the concerned citizens “Nazis”, “evil-mongers”, and a whole host of other names just demonstrates that they are attempting to quash or minimize the debate against the governmental administration of healthcare. When the Campaigner in Chief calls Tea Party protests “idiotic” and loads his townhalls with supporters, it shows contempt for the people that he is supposed to represent and lead. Both of the above shows a vast disconnect and ignorance with the will of the people that elected them to office in the first place.
But perhaps the greatest insult is the supposition that the American public must believe what the politicians are saying about this legislation. Instead, the politicians are actually insulted that the American public reads the legislation that they don’t read or understand, and are better informed about the legislation than the politicians are defending and rushing to pass. And when confronted, they go into attack mode, deny what is in the legislation (even if the person is reading directly from the legislation!), smearing the voters and concerned citizens, and asking for citizens to turn fellow citizens in to a website if there are indications of false or “fishy” information.
Bad form, bozos…
The American people have legitimate concerns over 1000+ pages of legislation that proposes to mandate that every American is to have health care insurance (private or public). When the Congressional Budget Office reports that the House version will cost taxpayers $1 Trillion and the Senate version will cost $1.6 Trillion, people are rightfully concerned. In reading HR3200 and the various analyses available from reputable sources, people become frightened. If a person really sits down and starts looking at the bureaucratic nightmare that this legislation outlines, it becomes a hell that no insurance company with voice menus could ever match. And if you really look at this legislation, there isn’t a lick of real reform in there – it’s all bureaucratic mumbo jumbo on how to reward special interests, expand government, and pay for it all with taxpayer dollars & penalties.
It makes you want to demand that the politicians wear their sponsor’s names on their suits like the Nascar racers do…
Because of their insulting and otherwise bad behavior, our elected leaders have lost the confidence and trust of the American people. As a result, the Congressional and Presidential approval ratings are dropping day by day. How can our leaders lead if they do not have the confidence of the people that elected them? Are you ready to impose term limits on these people (i.e., vote them out)?