Tuesday, August 04, 2009

 

Dissing The People You Serve

One thing Sarah Palin got right was a "servant's heart." Something sadly missing from most politicians and glaringly absent from the Obama administration. Today the White House and other Dems dissed, disrespected and dismissed, thousands of Americans practicing their Constitutional right of free speech.
The White House on Tuesday dismissed protests against President Obama's health care reforms in multiple states over the weekend as "manufactured anger" orchestrated by right wing groups and the Republican party.

"I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the Astroturf nature of grass-roots lobbying," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs during a morning off-camera session in his office with reporters.

"This is manufactured anger," he said. (Source)
Proving his out-of-touch, elitist attitude, Gibbs stoked the anger even further with his thoughtless comments. How is it that these silver tongued devils make Bush look like a genius?

Not to be outdone, Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer added there minus two cents worth.
Speaking outside the White House after meeting with President Obama, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York both dismissed the significance of boisterous protesters who have been interrupting Democratic lawmakers' events.

"It is a small fringe group," Schumer told the Huffington Post, "and if we let a small group of people who want to monopolize the conversation and not listen to the facts win, you may as well hang it up."

"These town hall meetings have been orchestrated by the tea baggers and the birthers to just be a free-for-alls, make a lot of noise, go on YouTube and show discord," said Durbin. "I mean that is what they are determined to do. But that is not going to accomplish what we need to accomplish: real health care reform."
Imagine standing outside the White House calling a group of constituents "tea baggers" with it's sexual innuendo. (I actually don't know what tea bagging is but anyone who keeps up with the news knows it's some sort of sexual act. I can only imagine.) The arrogance and condescension drips off their very being. Disgusting.

The tone of this White House and the Dems reminds me of the Nixon years. Nixonites had their "Silent Majority" while calling their opponents "nattering nabobs of negativism" and "effete corps of impudent snobs." Nixon and his cronies convinced me not to vote Republican for 25 years. Clinton changed my mind. Obama is sealing the deal.

Obama and crew have an agenda they want to ram through. You and I be damned. Their greed for power poses a far greater threat to our well being than any person seeking money. Indeed, if I were to re-write the Bible, "For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil,..." would be changed to "love of power."

A servant's heart. A quality tragically lacking in so many of our public servants.

Comments:
My guess is that Durbin doesn't actually know what the term means, either, and he probably has no clue there is an additional meaning. I've heard it used to describe the tea party protests by folks both sympathetic and derogatory.

The definition of funny is watching an older conservative announce loudly in a restaurant, much to the horror of his teenage kids, that he is going to the local "teabag" event with his buddies in a few days. Because the kids have no idea that it is associated with a political event. Almost peed my pants in public, I laughed so hard.

If the term is spoken by anyone over the age of 40 who is generally unplugged from deviant pop culture, I give them a pass. You're waaay ahead of the game just by knowing there is another meaning to the term.

The problem with the meeting behavior is that it is the same thing that encourages extremism in our own culture. It happens on BOTH sides, and it has happened for a long, long time. I watched it back in high school when local religious fanatics wanted to remove Huck Finn and Catcher in the Rye from the English curricula, and I watched it at a coastal restoration town hall meeting when the local GOP congressman showed up to be a part of a panel designed to ambush him.

It may be protected political speech, but when I behaved that way in public when I was little, I got a spanking when I got home.
 
I think I have a pretty good idea what "tea bagging" means but, for some reason, I refuse to look it up. My oldest son told me some of the stuff from "40 Year Old Virgin." I'm rather dismayed that that stuff passes for mainstream entertainment nowadays.

While I too prefer civil discourse, I find it amusing how the left, who were so uncivil during the Bush administration, dislike the tea party movement's tactics which are essentially the same as their's were. Of course, it's all because the tea partiers are a real threat.
 
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