I await, like a child waiting for Christmas morning, September 12th, to bear witness to the planned march in Washington, D.C. by thousands of Americans who are opposed to not just the proposed health-care reform, but the reform of America that is unfolding before our eyes. There are peaceful protests being planned in New Hampshire, as well, and you can find out more about them at www.meetup.com/NH912/Calendar I’m interested to see what the turnout is like, but honestly, it’s the media response I’m really looking forward to.
Over the last several weeks we have seen, and I have written here about, the attempted diminishment of regular folks who are making their voices heard at various venues all across the country. Surely, some of them have been over-acting…I’ve seen a few clips that are operatic in their drama, but by and large I think the sentiments expressed have been pretty genuine. And they reflect a widening chasm in our population, transcending political lines, really, and more an expression of severely different views regarding what America is all about, or should be all about.
While the Democrats are crying “foul”, it is no different than Code Pink members, or ACORN recruits, who routinely showed up at Republican campaign events to make their opinions known, usually with similar passion to what we are seeing these days. It may be the only thing we can agree on, that this is one of the best things about America, that people can stand on the sidewalk and wave their sign and yell, and nobody is going to drag you off to a work camp. And I expect there is going to be a lot of collective yelling and sign waving across this country on September 12th.
Indeed, the health-care issue may be soon taking a back seat, as the Obama administration can barely let a day go by without some groundbreaking announcement or development. I announced early on that although I did not vote for him, I would give him a chance. He is my…our…President. I want him to succeed, for the country to flourish. But folks like me, thinking he would seek “change” and “unity” as promised repeatedly during his campaign, are stunned to see an administration swing so radically left. Just this past week, the announcement of investigations of the C.I.A. and the letting public of information that genuinely endangers members of that agency and their families.
Then Obama mentions that we should have a civilian military force, equal to or greater than our own military in strength? Huh? From the party of peace, love and understanding? Keep ‘em coming. The G.A.O. announces that in ten years our debt will be over 9 trillion dollars. Remember, a trillion is a million million. Got that? Not that any of this news seems to slow things down.
Senator McCain has even taken back to the road to try and awake the masses as to what is happening here. He was interviewed and said that he has not been consulted even once on this health care reform package and there has been zero effort at any bi-partisan input. Then again, it was Senator McCain who reminded us back in 2000 that “elections have consequences”. Anyone doubting that now? Just the financial consequences alone of this election will be felt by our children and grandchildren. And it’s not just Obama, the previous administration spent like Jersey housewives, too, but this White House is bringing it to a whole new level.
We just bailed out Bank of America, and now hear that they have awarded over 3 billion dollars to executives and Wall Street hyenas who helped to orchestrate the deal. Is it any wonder people are marching in Washington? Sadly, it should be folks of all political stripes going to Washington on September 12th. There is too much happening, too quickly, trying to out run the 2010 elections. This isn’t a poker game, it’s a nation, and it’s a nation waking up with a lump on it’s head, and it’s not happy.
Much blood and treasure has been spent over the last 200 years building this country that so many of us call “home”. It should come as no surprise that when a large enough group of people feel it is being threatened, that those people will rise up, because like so many other battles in life, sometimes the wolf has to be right on the doorstep before the threat is taken seriously. Well…knock, knock.