Saturday, September 12, 2009
NECN shows rational discussion breaking out at Town Hall!
I guess you could say that Sheila and I are rōnin for health care reform. Rōnin literally means "wave man". The term originated in Japan when it referred to a serf who had fled or deserted his master's land. It then came to be used for a samurai who had lost his master. Sheila and I have no particular affiliations, just a strong affinity for justice and an extreme distaste for bullshit. Sheila has been going to everyone of these Town Halls this summer and has been kicked around by non other than Rush Limbaugh himself. She and her family have been attacked by right wing bloggers nationwide.
At the Town Meeting today,Sheila took on Barney for not supporting what he says he believes in - single payer plan, and she was the main mover in getting us to the event in time, as luck would have it, to be interviewed. Sheila is the brains of our rōnin team.
Yesterday, seems the right wing droids were all in DC so a rational discussion broke out. Take a look in the video above.
A friend in Raging Grannies from RI gave us some good questions for the right wing "astroturfed grassroots" :
" Why are you mad NOW?
You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.
You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 billion (and counting) on that illegal war.
You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
You didn't get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.
You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
You didn't get mad when we let a major US city drown.
You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.
You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans... oh hell no!"