The President Has Lost His Roots

Written By: Kelly Opdycke
(Editor, KO Zine)

Over the past couple of weeks, the Democrats have tried to use town hall meetings to explain in more detail what the new health care bill may look like and to answer any questions regarding the bill. Unfortunately, conservative protesters have taken over most of the town halls, which has helped in confusing Americans.

This has left many Democrats wondering where their supporters are. President Barack Obama won the presidency largely with grassroots programs, but, for whatever reason, many of these programs have slowed, or stopped, their support. So, what are those of us ready for change in the health care system to do?

First, Obama needs to deduce what it is he wants in the health care reform bill. Until he figures this out he will continue to be unclear and confusing to most Americans. Most of the public just wants the truth, plain and simple. Skirting around the issue encourages distrust.

And that confusion and distrust brings me to my second point. The Democrats must remember that a small number of their opponents are misinformed, confused Americans that could be won over with facts. The larger portion who show up to town hall meetings to protest with Obama-Hitler propaganda did not show up to be more informed. They’re there for a fight.

And fighting is pointless. As Barney Frank (D-MA) so eloquently put it at a town hall meeting, “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.”

On a side note, all Americans have the right to bear arms (and in some states carry unconcealed weapons), but it only takes one stupid person to make all of you look like fools. Only one person has to snap.

Finally, supporters of health care reform – no matter if it’s single-payer, public-option or something else – need to stop their indolence. Democratic House member James Clyburn compared the town hall protestors to those whom he dealt with during the civil rights movement.

“I have seen this kind of hate before. I have seen this discussion before,” he said. “I have seen snarling dogs going after people who were trying to peacefully assemble. I have seen the eyes of people who were being spat upon.”

The movement to defend Americans’ right to health care needs to start and it needs to start now. More supporters should be at these town hall meetings, helping to expose the truth behind the protesters lies.

The Republicans have the Democrats backed into a corner, but both parties have forgotten one thing. The Democrats have the majority. They need to do something with it.


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