Organizing for America. It sounds innocuous enough. Who wouldn’t want America to be organized? But it’s a campaign organization that President Obama still has intact, working for his policies even now, long after the campaign has ended. Well, that’s not really true—for him, the campaign is never over. Campaigning is far more fun than governing.
Well, Organizing for America sent out an e-mail to its supporters that has opened some eyes. This organization is calling on its people to use the anniversary of 9/11 as an opportunity to “fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.”
They then declare that 75% of the American people support the Democrats’ healthcare plan. I’d be interested in what poll they are looking at—every one lately has shown the public against that plan. I guess it doesn’t matter what the facts are when you are trying to whip up support. Make them up as you go; that’s much easier than actually having the facts on your side.
At the end of the e-mail is this screed in all caps for emphasis:
DEFEAT ANTI-DEMOCRATIC FORCES OF HATE WHO CONSPIRE TO REMAIN HEALTH WEALTHY WHILE THE PUBLIC LANGUISHES UNDER THE BURDEN OF OUR PRESENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
First: what’s health wealthy? Does someone need a grammar lesson?
Second: notice the language toward political opponents. They are anti-democratic forces of hate. They’re also “conspiring,” which is a word you always use when casting your opponents as evil.
If you really want to know who is spouting hatred and being anti-democratic, focus instead on the union thugs that were rounded up to counter the protests of individuals who showed up at the townhall meetings. The intimidation factor was high at various townhalls. At one, a man who was protesting the healthcare plan was beaten. Ironically, he was an African-American who wasn’t following the man he is supposed to idolize.
What? You never heard about this? Maybe that’s because it was ignored by the media. Can you imagine the outcry if the situation had been reversed, if a black man supporting the president’s plan had been beaten up?
Words have real meaning, not just what this administration wants to give them. Concerned citizens who attended the townhalls are not terrorists. They are not purveyors of hate. This is a dangerous game Obama and his supporters are playing. I don’t really expect it stop, but I want more American citizens to become aware of what’s taking place. There will be a time and a place to stop it—in 2010, at your local voting booth.