In a damnable joint editorial with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) the House Speaker said:
'Un-American' attacks can't derail health care debateSounds to me like Democrats have already made up their minds on health care "insurance" reform (notice the change from earlier health care reform) and are now attempting to "explain" their decision rather than "listen" to their constituents.
By Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer
August 10, 2009
...[I]t is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted "Just say no!" drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.
Let the facts be heard
These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.
This month, despite the disruptions, members of Congress will listen to their constituents back home and explain reform legislation. We are confident that our principles of affordable, quality health care will stand up to any and all critics.
Now — with Americans strongly supporting health insurance reform, with Congress reaching consensus on a plan, and with a president who ran and won on this specific promise of change — America is closer than ever to this century-deferred goal.
This fall, at long last, we must reach it.
Pelosi and Hoyer also claimed that their plan will bring "lower costs, better care." Just how they expect to do that while covering millions more people, mostly illegal aliens and providing taxpayer funded abortions, is never explained. But we know the answer: they must cut back or delay urgent care for senior citizens. Care delayed is care denied!
Since When Did Opposition Become UnAmerican?
The most egregious slur against the character of the American people was made by the Speaker and Mr. Hoyer when they charged that Americans with real concerns about a massive and expensive government takeover of health care are somehow "unAmerican."
Why is it that Democrats are so free to bandy about that word and yet get so very worked up by even the hint of a suggestion that they might be behaving in a similar fashion? We recall the words of Hillary Clinton during the Bush years when any criticism of their anti-war protests inspired this kind of outburst:
"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!"Pelosi's use of the loaded word "unAmerican" reveals that Democrats are fully prepared to double down on their own harsh and divisive rhetoric and attack average Americans who feel their concerns regarding health care reform are being ignored. With polls running strongly against the Democrat's plan that puts them at odds with more and more Americans every day.
--Hillary Clinton, April 2003
And with President Obama declaring that those who oppose the Dem's plan should shut up, it would be easier to conclude that it is Obama and the Dems acting "unAmerican" according to Pelosi's own definition.
I hope that by the time the Congressional elections in 2010 roll around, Americans will remember what Pelosi, Obama and other Democrats think of them.