I get it, I get it. Health care reform is important to everyone and nobody understands it. What strikes me however, is the level of hysteria reflected in the debates. Everyone in the House of Representatives spoke as if the world would stop turning if… whichever outcome you didn’t agree with. Although I am a dyed in the wool lefty, I agree with Boehner on one thing, it seems unlikely that anyone has read all the of the pending bills and the amendments that accomnpany them. What I saw was democracy in action, and government run amok, all in the same room. Seeing a democratically elected majority pass landmark legislation that was part of their campaign promises was a good thing. Seeing legislators hurl epithets and generally act like animals with no manners was not. It is not okay to express you beliefs in such a way that you lie to and generally scare the crap out of most ordinary Americans. We have lost the ability, it appears, to hold a civil debate. I find it most disturbing that the Republicans appear to have decided that no matter what they believe in, they will just vote no. In some ways I thought it was heartening that there were a number of dems that voted against the bill. Our government was built the way it was so that nobody would hold absolute power, that’s a good thing no matter what you believe. Nobody is ever all right or all wrong and none of us have all the answers. Absolute power is the definition of fascism and the world has seen enough of that. Bless those few who seem to be trying to hold a real discussion in the middle of the maelstrom, on either side of the aisle. They are the true legislators; they might actually represent the voters in their district, not just the vocal majority no matter how slight. Whatever you think about the health care reform bills, the truth as always is somewhere in the middle, there is some good, some not so good and the world will not come to an end.
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