As I watch the news I witnesss townhall meetings across the country being disrupted by angry people who claim that the government is trying to take over their lives. It makes me wonder and ask myself two questions, 1. are their worries valid? and 2. is it really about healthcare reform? My first question was answered last night as I watched MSNBC and Rachel Maddow discussed how the republicans are not concerned with reform and continued with discussing that many of these protestors are upset about information that is not even factual. Rachel showed how a huge percentage of Republicans who were angry about this Health Care reform were recieving their information from news networks such as Foxnews and radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh who have knowingly spread false information to arouse the emotions of a group of people who would feel more comfortable with America remaining how its always been. We all know how America has been but its time for America to move in a new direction. So the answer is clear, their worries are not valid. Especially when their worries are fed by lies, which in turn creates more doubt and fear. Is it really about healthcare reform? How could it be when so many people are complaining but are not offering any solutions. For some reform is empowering but for others it removes the power that has been passed down generation after generation. I don’t believe their anger has anything to do with healthcare, just like I don’t think the anger pointed towards Vick is exclusively about those dogs. I’m not saying that there aren’t people who want reform or people who really care about animals but more than anything it seems like many people feel like their entitled to the America that they’ve always known and loved. We need Reform! Not only in our healthcare system but in the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.
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