It’s really sad how so many people on both sides of the health care debate refuse to discuss the issues in an intelligent, truthful manner. It’s worse that these same people refuse to listen to the truth when it’s staring them in the face, and instead, resort to cave-man like mentality and behavior in order to protect the fragile shell of existence they’ve so carefully built up around them and have labeled reality.
It goes on among people on both sides.
And while we get all upset at individual citizens, the truth is that it starts at the top. Leadership in Washington starts the ball rolling. Then they sit back and watch the masses echo the lies and distorted reality over and over again. The other side then responds to the attack in a way that any cave people would only naturally respond, with perfect victim mentality.
One example of this deception pushed onto the masses comes from Representative Jim DeMint, a Republican Congressman from South Carolina.
According to a report from ABC News and also found at CNS News, while speaking at the Tea Party protests in Washington D.C., DeMint stated “The President has warned us if we disagree with him he’s going to call us out. Well, Mr. President, we are out.”
That statement is a self-serving twisting of the truth, altering what was really said for the purpose of inciting the crowd into a higher fervor.
To know what was REALLY said, all you have to do is either 1) have actually paid attention to the President’s speech, or 2) go and watch the speech again and listen.
But since most people on both sides of the debate refuse to actually follow up and verify things, I’ll save you the trouble. At 38 minutes and 41 seconds into his speech, the President ACTUALLY says “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.”
Those are two very different things. Anyone who misrepresents the truth should be called out for it, whether they’re Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever.
But repeating the true quote would not have allowed Mr. DeMint to fuel the fire. In fact, it would have required Mr. DeMint to back down from his personal political agenda-based vitriol.
Now, in and of itself, that’s just one line from one speech at one rally. Except if you really want to see why this is such an irresponsible action on the part of a member of the United States Congress, you need to do the footwork. Or just continue reading…
It turns out that Mr. DeMint was previously quoted, and recorded by audio, as saying “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”
So he has a larger agenda, of course, and he is willing to twist the truth to achieve his goals. Even if it means inciting further hatred on both sides. And in fact, he does this BECAUSE it incites further hatred.
On the other side of the coin, many of us (myself included earlier today) express concern about how far it’s taken so many people attending rallies, with signs calling the President a Nazi, and a host of other psychopathic epithets. Yet it’s quite challenging to find any main stream media and NO left wing blog that reminds America that there were people on the left behaving the same way when former President Bush was in office.
And most people on the Left, and in the media are unwilling to mention that because it would temper their ability to promote their agenda.
Now, I’m not a psychologist, and I don’t have a degree in anthropology. Yet coming from my own experience in life, I believe that the primary reason people become so entrenched in a myopic perspective, refusing to check facts themselves (or rely on other like-minded people as their only “source” of “truth”), is because most people are afraid of having their belief systems shattered. It’s too traumatic to have to go within and re-think what reality is. It’s much easier to find others who think like we do, and surround ourselves by them.
That way, we can say “I’m not crazy – look – all these other people believe the same thing, so I must be sane.”
If I’m off the mark here, please let me know. As vocal as I am on many topics, I am always willing to actually consider facts that I had not previously been aware of, and alter my beliefs.
That’s another problem in America. Having the courage to be open-minded and listen to others who may have a different view has become a political talking point that our 3rd grade mentality congressional leaders use to say the “other side” flip-flops. That by being willing to accept new information and allow that to cause oneself to shift their understanding, we’re untrustworthy. Even though anyone who is NOT willing to do so is truly bigoted and just acting like a cave man. And anyone who is willing to do so, IF their motive is to grow and learn, is actually to be lauded.
Why these things are so dangerous is that history shows it’s the cause of all wars ever taken place on earth, and why, in religious wars, both sides claim that only THEY had God/Allah on their side.
And that is truly insanity.
Regarding the ramifications of such actions this time around though, it’s reached a fever pitch. I only pray we as a country united under the flag of our great Republic (NO, we are NOT a democracy, a democratic Republic is NOT a democracy, so stop saying that lie please), can step back from the brink of complete collapse.
Bush disease photo comes from SodaHead.com article by Nicole M.