Town-Hall Anger

Why are they so angry? The reasons are manifold, but the single biggest reason is the arrogance of our elected officials in Washington. Think about it. For the past seven months a small group of politicians has been meeting behind-closed-doors with powerful special interests to decide whether you will be able to keep your current insurance, where you will be directed to get new insurance and at what price, what fines you and your employer will have to pay if you don’t conform, and how they’re going to get your doctor to change the way he or she practices medicine. In the process, they never asked you what you thought about anything. If you are not mad about this, odds are you don’t understand the situation.

Remember, according to a Fox News poll conducted last month, 84% of Americans rate the quality of their insurance as “excellent” or “good.” When they voted for Mr. Obama for president, they thought “universal care” meant helping some unfortunate Americans obtain insurance they cannot otherwise afford. Not once did candidate Obama say he was going to make changes that affected them and their health care. In fact, he promised the opposite.

via John C. Goodman: Explaining the Town-Hall Protests – WSJ.com.

Politicians must hold themselves in high regard – otherwise, how could any dare run for office? It’s a fine line between regarding yourself highly and arrogance – and maybe there’s no line at all. And it’s a short journey to contempt. The headlong chaotic rush to “reform” health care reflects the arrogance of power and perhaps contempt for ordinary people. As the politicians’ claims get increasingly dubious and contradictory, we have a right to be angry. Maybe even a duty.

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