Silence the opposition

We all know the debate has been roaring over the president’s magnum opus.  Townhall meetings all across the country are being interrupted and “hijacked” by people in order to “skew the playing field.”  Of course I have real problems with claims that say by disagreeing with your government and the people that YOU elected to put in office to supposedly serve YOUR wants and needs, that somehow that makes you un-American. Dissent, in my opinion, is the epitome of democracy and a free republic such as ours.  We have the right to disagree and we have the right to let our elected officials know when they are either getting out of line or are no longer serving our needs.

It is also mind boggling to me that there is so much opposition towards the public on behalf of these elected officials.  The whole purpose of them even existing as PUBLIC SERVANTS is to go to Washington and represent their constituents.  They have the responsibility to represent our needs.  They are supposed to be our voice.  So when the people start to speak up and exhibit so much consternation over the policies or legislation that they are proposing “in our best interest” then shouldn’t they simply reexamine their position?  If their constituents are opposed to legislation then they are supposed to be opposed to it as well.  After all they are OUR voice in Washington.  They are not there to represent themselves and their own pocketbooks.

So I am having A LOT of trouble with how many elected officials are simply ignoring their constituents, calling them un-American among other names, and trying to silence them.  Why is all of this discourse bad for the country?   Isn’t it at the very heart of our nation to speak up and let the government, comprised of public servants serving our interests, know that we are not happy and that they had better stop what they are doing?  I mean after all didn’t historian Howard Zinn coin the phrase that is the title of this blog?  Harry S. Truman once said, “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

I just really don’t understand how these people, who are charged with being our voice are, now more than ever, ignoring our voices in order to support  a “historical president.”  They are so concerned with making him and themselves succeed that they have forgotten exactly why they are even in Washington in the first place.  Just to beat the dead horse, they are there to be our voice and serve our interests.  They are not there to become rich and famous.

I personally love seeing the uproar across the country.  It shows me that people are starting to get involved and just maybe we aren’t going to go down without a fight.  These dissenters are very much American and their actions are very patriotic.  I hope this all continues to the point where the supporters in Washington fear for their jobs if they continue to ignore us.  That is how it should be anyway.  They work for us remember.


4 Responses to “Silence the opposition”

  1. We are a republic not a democracy. They think we are stupid. Reid, Pelosi et al wnat to control all aspects pf pur lives. It is called power. Fascism. This what happens when a nation kicks God out.

    • Yep, pretty much said that. “…a free republic such as ours” were the words I used. But thanks for the comment. They do think we are stupid, or that we aren’t paying attention. They need to stop pushing their own agendas and start pushing ours.

  2. There has been a great deal of talk in the media — print, radio, tv — just about everywhere about the behavior and tactics being employed by various organizations. There have been comments about well behaved and polite citizenry attending meetings to voice their opinions. There have been stories of those who haven’t conducted themselves well. I suspect these stories will go on throughout the month of August and perhaps beyond. For one, I hope they do go on well beyond.

    I think both sides have taken essentially the same tactics. Labeling each other with invectives, giving their supporters a ‘playbook’, and attempting to use the media to their advantage. All of this is okay. It is okay because in America we have the right to freedom of speech, assembly and freedom of the press. These are rights that thousands have given their lives to protect. The debate on health care which consumes nearly a fifth of the national economy and involves everyone is something that we should openly debate and understand the intended and unintended consequences of before we change an entire system.

    It is important to provide better access, bend the cost curve so that health care is affordable (and not just through shifting costs by taxing) as well as sustainable, and improving the quality of the care delivered.

    We are a country that leads the world in health care innovation. We have to zealously protect that aspect. No other country in the world is positioned to take our place if we take our eye off this important work.

    But above all democracy demands that citizens get involved and voice their opinions. Follow the healthcare debate and other important health care system issues at

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