I am watching what is going on with the health reform town hall meetings …and I am wondering what is really going on.
America, the land of the free and home of the brave … is a smoldering volcano, ready to erupt.
I doubt it’s all about health care.
People are crying out, “I want my country back!” Their pleas are passionate and real, and I am wondering what they’re talking about. Back from what? Back from whom?
I read posts on Twitter and Facebook, and see outright anger, accusing the president of being a fraud. “A complete fraud” is how one person described him. I had an online conversation with a woman who refuses to believe that the president is an American citizen. Apparently, a lot of people believe that he is an African. CNN has shown his embossed birth certificate on television, but it is not enough.
A debate between a Democrat and Republican yesterday got heated; it was actually between Ron Reagan Jr. and Dana Loesch. In that debate, Reagan said that at one of the town hall meetings, a gun dropped out of someone’s pocket. Loesch was not disturbed or bothered; in fact, she quipped that he probably had a concealed weapon permit.
I could not believe her lack of concern for what could be a bad situation for a lot of people.
What is really going on? What are the people really mad about?
It feels like America is about to implode on her own unresolved issues. And I tell you, it is not about health care.
Someone said to me that Obama is playing the race card, and that’s why all this confusion is as it is. I was stunned. It seems to me that the president tries to stay as far away from race as possible. In fact, he has irritated me at times for not acknowledging more that racism and its attendant irrational hatred is America’s cancer.
What it feels like is that there is a group of people who are enraged that this African American man is president. They are angry and they are afraid, because all they have ever known about black people is what generations of black-bashing have taught them.
It feels like this group of people will do and use anything to get him out of office.
There was not this much antagonism against George W. Bush, who got us into the Iraq War on the lie of there being weapons of mass destruction.
All the Congress and president are trying to do is make sure more people have access to health care. Surely Americans are not against that?
No, I don’t think that’s the issue. I think the issue is fear of the African American, who he is and what he stands for. There is fear that he will make this a Socialist country. It feels like what I have imagined the atmosphere must have been like during the McCarthy era. People are as afraid of this president as they were afraid of Communism.
I fault people, talk show hosts and others, who feed into people’s natural propensity for fear and paranoia. They know what they are doing, and they are pleased with their work.
There is such a fine line between sanity and insanity. I have heard that there is a thin line between love and hate. It seems like, or feels like, insane hatred is growing in this country, spreading over the fabric of who and what we are like ink spreading over a piece of paper. It is uncomfortable.
I do not agree with everything President Obama does. I agreed with little President Bush did, and I thought he did an amazing amount of damage to this country and to its image. Not him personally, but his policies. But, the country survived, and even if people don’t like President Obama’s policies, the country will survive again. We always have…
What I am seeing, though, that is different than when Bush was president, is this insane hatred, based on racism. People are pushing and shoving and now, drawing swastikas. What does that say about what America is? Does anybody care?
It would be nice to get to know what is really in the health care reform bill. We won’t know what’s in it if we cannot get past our behavior at the town hall meetings … behavior which is not about health care at all.
America, own up. We won’t get well until we admit the illness.
That’s a painful, candid observation.