They said nothing as this guy...
...lied to them again...
They rubber stamped the absolute atrocious waste of billions of dollars of taxpayer monies by giving those involved another 4 years to continue the job.
So what has this group of Americans so fired up now? What has awakened the "Sleeping Giant," as they call it?
Health care for all Americans. The possibility of every American being able to get affordable medical care despite a pre-existing condition or despite not holding a job has got these folks furious beyond words. It's a travesty, they contend, and it moves the United States one step closer to being like Hitler's Nazi Germany, they say.
But it's more than that. From Pocahontas, Iowa...
Yeah, that "taking care of someone else" always seems to bother certain kinds of Americans. But torture is okay. And the lies from the President are okay, too, as long as he says he's "keeping them safe." Because it's all about them and what it means for their own, self-centered personal situation.
Mr. Jensen, the mayor, said Mr. Obama received about 60% of the votes here in the 2008 presidential election. But Mr. Jensen estimated that 90% of this town of about 4,500 people were leaning against significant health-care reform because of the potential cost.
"People have worked hard here all their lives," Mr. Jensen said. "They see this as having to pay to take care of someone else."
Suburban Guerrilla had a great response to Mr. Jensen and everyone like him.
This raucous debate on health care is revealing the core values, principles and beliefs of many Americans. For me, it's too often a disappointment because what we're seeing manifested here from some is not a concern for the United States and all its citizens, but an "I got mine, you get yours" kind of mentality that leaves a large percentage of Americans behind.
Mr. Jensen, I know what you mean. Why, I’ve been taking care of defense contractors all my life. And farmers, and oil companies, and a whole bunch of other special interests. For the past eight years, I’ve paid for a war that’s been nothing but a minus for this country.
I’m paying for kids to go to public schools that my kids stopped using 15 years ago. I pay for a fire department even though I’ve never had a fire, and I pay for police protection that I’ve rarely needed. I pay for roads I’ll probably never even see.
I’m also paying for the senior citizens in your town - you know, the ones who don’t want to pay for anyone else? They have that luxury because of people like me who are still paying for people like them. Without our Social Security taxes, your seniors would be in sad shape.
So it saddens me to hear the “every man for himself” attitude expressed by your townspeople. That’s simply not true. We’re all connected. Helping each other not only makes sense, it’s the right thing to do. And if the citizens of Pocohantas, Iowa don’t understand that, I’d have to say as mayor, you’re just not doing your job.
No one understood this more than the late Senator Edward Kennedy, so it only seems fitting to end this post with this clip...