Count me in -- someone I consider a friend relentlessly attacked me on a message board regarding the health care bill. In all my years as an ardent pro-lifer, I have never been as disrespectful to anyone who disagreed with me. But this President, and his agenda, seems to bring this out in so many of his supporters. They choose politics over friendships.
I said that Barney Frank was condescending for asking a woman "On what planet do you spend most of your time?" at his town hall meeting. Yeah, she was the woman who made a hu-u-uge stretch by comparing what she feared could happen under the proposed health care plan to the practices of Nazi Germany.
Okay -- whereas I do agree with those who said there was a possibility that something resembling a death panel -- if only in the virtual form of bureaucrats making life-and-death decisions by turning to "QALY" (Quality-Adjusted Life Year) standards to set health care policy, and that could be looked at as choosing the fit over the weak -- I feel that making any comparison to Hitler does a disservice to those who suffered at the hands of that monster.
I tried to say that by attacking this woman, Frank was just fanning the flames of distraction from the debate, rather than attempting to reach consensus.
I suggested that Frank could have said something like "I detest any comparisons to Hitler, or Nazi Germany -- I think that is a ridiculous comparison -- but in the interest of putting these accusations to rest, I can assure you that any legislation that we pass will very clearly spell out that bureaucrats will not be making life and death decisions. No one need fear anything even resembling a death panel."
But rather than admit that Frank had skirted the issue, this friend felt I was defending the woman (who it turned out was a LaRouchie not a conservative, as had been suggested) and declared that I was just another "vicious and hurtful liar." Yep, for saying that this bill is so unclear and that so much seems uncertain -- I'm a liar. And for mentioning the V.A. pamphlet without expressly saying first that it isn't a death panel, but it does have questions within it that make me uncomfortable and fearful -- I was spreading even more lies. (Nothing like giving a friend a chance to explain herself, eh?)
Here I was trying to help him understand our concerns, and instead of saying oh, something along the lines of, while he doesn't agree such concerns are valid, perhaps there should be language prohibiting such practices added to the bill -- nope, instead he calls me names and says "Do you honestly think that Congress and Obama would stoop to that?"
(This from the guy who -- after saying that no President deserved to be compared to Hitler -- in the very same post suggested that he could see why some people think that "a scum like Bush" was at least a bit deserving of the comparison.)
Do I honestly think that about Congress and Obama? Yes, I do.
Because this is the same Congress whose leaders think it is more humane to suck the brains out of an "unwanted" or "imperfect" child just inches away from birth than let it be born and adopted by the countless couples aching to do so.
Because this is the same man who lied about his Illinois congressional record, denying that he voted against a bill to try to save babies who survive abortions. When his voting record was found, he then lied by saying that he voted against it because he felt there was already sufficient legislation. When the record of his comments on the floor of the Illinois House were discovered which revealed that he opposed the bill because he felt the infant -- even though alive and separate (outside the body) of his or her mother and also capable of being adopted -- was an undue burden on the mother, what did he do?
Did he apologize to the people who had challenged his cover-up for calling them "sleazy liars"? No.
Silence. He was counting on most people not to learn the truth. He was counting on the MSM not to press the issue. And it came to pass, and he was elected.
So now the counter-attacks by Obamacare proponents ensue. They think the old tactics will still work. But everyone has wised up to Obama, Pelosi, Frank, & co. and they can no longer hide when their deceptions are revealed. These attempts to call us the liars isn't working and the truth is coming to light for all to see.
So while it hurt that this friend attacked me, and I don't expect he will apologize for letting his passion get in the way of respecting me enough to have a true debate, I find solace that the public at large isn't buying the "it's all lies by racist Astroturfers" subterfuge and is demanding an alternative plan.
I honestly think so.