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    Don’t Reveal The Secret

    Don’t Reveal The Secret

    They don’t understand what is happening.  Don’t tell them:

    For a year and a half, we’ve seen rallies and town-hall shouting and attack ads and Fox News special reports. But I still haven’t the foggiest idea what these folks actually want, other than to see like-minded Republicans winning elections. To be sure, I admire their passion, and I applaud their willingness to get involved in public affairs. If more Americans chose to take a more active role in the political process, the country would be better off and our democracy would be more vibrant.

    But that doesn’t actually tell us what these throngs of Americans are fighting for, exactly. I’m not oblivious to their cries; I’m at a loss to appreciate those cries on anything more than a superficial level.

    That’s right.  Nothing to see here.  Move along.

    Update:  Someone thinks she has it all figured out:

    The point is that (a) the teabaggers don’t actually have a cause, just a lot of resentments; and (2) [sic] their slogans and symbols are displays of tribal dominance only. Most teabaggers have no idea what the slogans and symbols mean.

    As does someone else:

    I don’t really think of most of them are [sic] bad people, especially the elderly ones who have been frightened and manipulated into fighting against their own best interests. Yet, they are part of the problem and if we’re to save civil society, sadly, these are the people we must battle.

    Remember, shhhhh.

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    I've read the comments posted here and, aside from Ratyan, all I'm seeing is: Lefties are so blind, stupid and brainwashed they can't understand something that is plain as day.

    Well, no, actually it isn't. What does "We're taking back our freedoms" mean? From whom are we taking them back? Specifically, which freedoms are we talking about here?

    When people rail against socialism, which forms of socialism are they talking about? Public schools? Public libraries? Public roads? Fire departments? Law enforcement? State and national parks? Medicare? Or is there an invisible line somewhere that only they can see?

    Some say there should be no separation between Church and State, but they never tell us which Christian religion should then set the rules and dictate policy. (You do realize there are some rather large, polarizing disputes about which is the one True Christian religion.) Should the Catholic Pope determine the religious dogma to be taught in public schools? The Mormon elders? Baptists? Quakers? Pentecostals? How about an illiterate farmer, who heard the call to spread God's word while he was milking cows one night? (I actually know one of the latter.)

    Slogans, generalities, unsubstantiated opinions and a recitation of talking points are no substitute for simply explaining in specific, concrete terms what you're talking about. We're not mind readers, you know.

    Ratyun, thank you for introducing some substance here. I wish you had gone a little farther and included some links to your sources. Without providing any supporting data, I have no way of knowing if this is simply your opinion or you have some solid facts to work with. Which companies has Obama taken over? Are you referring to the auto industry loans that saved thousands of jobs? Or has Obama been up to some actual skulduggery we need to know about? As for HCR. Obama didn't put that bill together, the House and Senate did. Should he have refused to sign it, and left 30 million Americans without medical coverage, even though the actual cost to you and me will be about the same with or without HCR? (And no, I do not like the HCR bill. It should have been single payer, which would have been more cost effective.)

    A poor teacher blames his students when they fail to learn; a good teacher blames himself. And a great teacher learns the most about his subject when he must explain it to others so clearly that it is easily understood by them.

    Muldoon asks: "has Obama been up to some actual skulduggery we need to know about?"

    Well, yeah. In the case of GM, he deprived bondholders of their rights under the law by abrogating GM's obligations to them outside of bankruptcy court.

    A company which can only continue in business because of government support is a company which belongs to the government. Socialism.

    Muldoon, Obamacare isn't going to work. Medicine is a demanding field, and fewer people will choose a life of hard work and study which results in minimal rewards.

    Why do you think one insurance company (the government) will be better than the collection of private insurance companies we have now?

    Listen, if you can. My daughter tried to renew a prescription for a dermatology medicine she got last year. Unfortunately, she graduated from college and my insurance no longer covers her. So, she was somewhat shocked to find that the price was $202.00. Now why is that, do you think? Big Pharma exercising their muscle? Or the inevitable result of a huge pool of insurance money being available for the product, thereby driving up the price?

    Sweet Smoking Judas!!! This is so simple. If there were NO insurance for drugs, then the drugs would be affordable. No company prices products out of the market.

    "A poor teacher blames his students when they fail to learn; a good teacher blames himself. And a great teacher learns the most about his subject when he must explain it to others so clearly that it is easily understood by them."

    You clearly haven't been in a High School classroom here in the "dirty south".
    How is it the teacher's fault if the class cannot learn due to the disrespect shown by the disruptive student…the one that cares less about learning and more about slinging rocks to get the blinged out LTD that his rap-star idols drive, to get the hand cannon that he can hold sideways like they do on TV and movies, to be able to "smack my b*!ch up" like the rap songs say? Could it possibly be that the marxist/lefty/progressive/liberals wouldn't DARE ruin the self-esteem of one of these fragile, developing minds of such huge potential by kicking them out of the classroom, corporal punishment and banishment to an alternative school where they could possibly learn a trade or perform public service, military style? give me a friggin' break, mister "I'm an elitist, much smarter than you". We are America and we are sick of you!

    "against their own best interests" – this sums it up in a nutshell. The schizophrenic left can't fathom that there are people in this country who actually are concerned about something beyond the end of their nose, however they will turn around and call us every name in the book when we say what we DO want : (Insert secret list of demands here)

    Not to mention, how do they know what is in my best interest? Isn't that for me to decide?

    Thanks for your response, David.

    I am incensed about the whole TARP thing. For years, stockholders had been told that corporate CEOs deserved to make mega-millions, because they're so good at what they do. Well, that was a lie now, wasn't it? Unfortunately, when the housing bubble burst and we were threatened with the worst depression since the crash of '29, the scoundrels pretty much held a gun to America's head, and said, "If we go down, we're taking all of you down with us."

    In Obama's defense, by the time he took office, that steaming pile of manure was already there, sitting on his desk. The financial institutions had already grabbed their TARP money–no strings attached–and run off with the loot. And two of our three major car companies were sitting there with their hands out, saying, "ME too."

    At this point, Obama had to make a judgement call. Should he let GM and Chrysler crash and burn–in which case everybody loses, including bond holders who would only receive pennies on the dollar (if that) in a bankruptcy fire sale–or should he try to salvage this mess? We might have differing opinions about the wisdom of his choice, but I think we'd both agree that the bankster debacle was a travesty. So Obama said, "Not going to go down that road. If the taxpayers are bailing you out, that makes them shareholders, and as shareholders we have a right to some say in how your companies are run. You are free to buy us out at any time."

    For more on how complicated this mess is:

    I think the high cost of drugs in the U.S. borders on criminal, but I believe this is primarily due to the deep pockets of Big Pharma and the buying of favorable legislation. Check out the cost of those same drugs in Canada (it's easy to Google). Canada provides national health care for all of its citizens. So why do the same drugs cost so much less there than here? Used to be you could get your meds from Canada, but as of 5 or 6 years ago, they're confiscated at the border. Who passed that legislation making it illegal to purchase legally prescribed drugs in Canada and bring them back into the U.S.? Why did they do this? We're talking about the same drugs, manufactured by the same pharmaceutical companies.

    I agree with you that if no one carried insurance, drug prices would have to go down.
    But how do you propose to accomplish this? I seriously doubt that many of us with private insurance would willingly drop our drug coverage–this, despite the fact that it has become increasingly harder to afford the rising rates. Why are the rates skyrocketing? One reason is because expenses for medical treatment of those who have no health care coverage is passed on via inflated charges to those of us who do have insurance. Like it or not, we're already paying other people's medical bills.

    Many thanks, David, for explaining where you're coming from. There's really no difference between those on the Right and those on the Left; we share the same concerns. Problem is, both groups rely on totally different sources of information and, as a consequence, neither group understands what the other is talking about.

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