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They Have Awakened A Sleeping Giant

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By Dennis Powers

A young lady used the metaphor at a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania with Senator Arlen Specter in describing what Liberals in Congress and the Obama administration have done to our country. And they know it.

All over the country, real Americans with real concerns are turning out in record numbers to voice their opinions on not only healthcare, but also the exponential expansion of the federal government with more control over our lives while spending more of our hard-earned tax dollars to do it.

The debate has turned from healthcare reform to health insurance reform. The next thing you know, they will be saying “climate change” rather than “global warming.”

While attending a local town hall meeting, I finally realized what the state-run media has been telling us about those angry mobs. Everyone, including myself, should have been put in a pillory and have rotten fruit thrown at us for questioning the out-of-control spending in Washington.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called these protests against government-run health care “unamerican.”  

She also said protestors were carrying swastikas and jokingly referred to us as astro-turfers.  Get it?  Not grassroots people.  You’ve got to love a good football analogy.  

At our local town hall meeting, I saw people concerned about losing their rights and their country. Of course, there are always some who think that the government is an ATM machine and want more. Most of us just want them to keep their hands out of our pockets.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said town hall protesters were evil-mongers using lies, innuendo and rumor.  He is a leader.

Katie Couric, the unbiased CBS announcer, referred to them in a more enlightened way when she said town hall protests were a result of “fear and ignorance.”  As Earnest T. Bass would say, “You’re just being nice.”

Also, President Obama tried to be diplomatic when he said, “But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking.  I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”  Was he talking about Reid and Pelosi?

Anyway, let’s throw the 1st Amendment out while we get this government-run healthcare passed.  And it has to be done immediately before the American public gets to read it. As Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel says, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

So far this year the government has taken over the auto industry, the financial companies, the student loan programs and when cap and trade gets passed, they will control the energy companies.  What’s left?

In 2009, the government has exercised great restraint with our hard-earned tax dollars by passing a $3.5 trillion dollar budget, the $800 billion stimulus bill, the $900 billion cap and trade and now we are told to shut up while they spend another $1.5 trillion on a cash-for-clunkers healthcare program.

President Obama's plans to reform the healthcare system in the U.S. are a "threat to democracy," according to Congressman Wally Herger from California.  

He’s right.

If this was just about healthcare, they could enact tort reform and other regulatory measures to increase portability and accessibility. It’s about control. It’s about power.  It’s about increasing their voting block. It’s about expanding government to keep people dependent on it, not only for healthcare, but also for jobs.

Government run healthcare has not worked in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Canada or England.  When TennCare, for example, overspent their budget, what did they do?  Kick people off the rolls.  Get the picture?

The White House just announced that they had to increase its budget deficit projection by $2 trillion.  Recently, the Veteran’s Administration mistakenly sent out letters to 1,200 veterans telling them they had ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s, a fatal neurological disease.   Are these the people you trust to cut costs and provide excellent healthcare?

All throughout the Bible, citizens frowned upon tax collectors.  As a substitute, we now have Liberal members of Congress. Instead of thanking us for their job and being a watchdog for our tax dollars, they stand in front of us and tell us that they know how to spend our money better than we do.

My favorite comment at our local town hall meeting came from one of the government takeover supporters who at the end of his question time said, “Socialism – we need to embrace it.”  Sorry - not this American.

Dennis Powers is a conservative columnist and his columns are found in TheLaFollettePress.com, OnTheRightTrackOnline.blogspot.com and

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