Much is being made about how the Democrats are being targeted for their stance on the Governments takeover of Health Care. Some of these are real, and some are questionable. A brick was thrown through a window of Representative Louise Slaughters office in New York. Another was thrown through a Democrat Representative's office in Arizona. There have been a couple more incidents at Democrat party headquarters local offices in a couple of places.
This seems to have started last week when Nancy Pelosi paraded through the crowd on the way to the Capitol with other Democrat members of Congress. Representative Cleaver claimed to have been spat on. Another claimed that he was called the "N" word, and a few other incidents. They claimed that this happened as they passed through the Tea Party protestors. There's just one problem with this. Not one of those incidents is documented on tape or any other recording device.
Now think about that. When you leave your house to do your errands, you're taped driving down the road at various points. You're taped at the ATM machine. You're taped walking into a bank and other places of business. But these events supposedly happened amidst a crowd of thousands. Many of those thousands had cell phones with camera's, video capability and other recording devices, yet not one snapshot, let alone video recording has surfaced of these supposed incidents.
I was about to write about this earlier today (Wednesday), when I heard on CNN that they had a tape of a woman calling Representative Bart Stupak's office in Michigan, and the claim that it contained a threat. Finally! A recording of someone threatening a Representative. Maybe these politicians aren't lying after all!
Bart Stupak was interviewed last week prior to accepting the payoff for his vote and he claimed that he was getting these calls both at his office and at home. He said his wife finally had to unplug the phones at home and he was cutting off his voicemail system. But wait. Last week people thought he was going to be a no vote because he said he was going to be a no vote unless the abortion provision was put into the bill. So wouldn't that have been Democrats calling and threatening his wife?
Since then, he's accepted more than $726,000 for some airports in his district that have even less usage than the airports in Congressman Jack Murtha's district where he took millions of dollars prior to his death.
The recording that was released from Stupak was of a woman. She described him as a piece of excrement (I cleaned that up). She also said that millions of people across the country wish him "Ill" and then (here comes the claimed threat) that he will pay for this vote. I can over parse that statement by saying either he won't pay because Congress is exempt from the law passed on the rest of us, or by saying that he will pay at the polls in November, or that he'll pay both at the polls and then be subject to the taxes because he'll no longer be a member of Congress and have to pay the same as the rest of us.
So was the threat against his health or well being? Not necessarily. It wasn't that explicit. It could be taken as a threat that he's going to lose big time in the election.
A blogger put the address of a Congressman on his blog telling people that they should let him know face to face how they feel. The problem is that the blogger put the address of the Congressman's brother by mistake. This story grew when the Congressmans brother claimed he smelled gas in his house and it was discovered that someone cut his gas line. This was Congressman Pierello (sp) in Virginia. But then the Congressman was interviewed this morning (Thursday) and said that the gas line that was cut was the propane line to his brothers grill.
Again, I must refer to my own experiences. I no longer use a propane grill. But even when I did, I never used it IN my house. I quit using propane grills because I have children. One spring, after a particularly harsh winter, I had a leak in my propane gas line. The cold winter and warm spring caused the line to wear and leak. Again though, it wasn't in my house. It was in my yard. I couldn't chance lighting it up when my kids were around and having an explosion. Do people really keep their propane grills in their homes?
These stories stretch credibility beyond the limit. Now, I understand that someone faxed Stupak a picture of a hangman's noose. Where is this faxed picture? Why hasn't it been published? Faxes are supposed to have the senders phone number on them. Phone numbers are easy to track even if they aren't listed on the fax. So why haven't they reported that they arrested the person that sent the fax?
In another overblown incident. a group showed up for a demonstration with a coffin. The coffin represented the people that would be harmed by the health care takeover by the government. They them moved the coffin to the house of Representative Russ Carnahan and continued their demonstration. This is apparently being interpreted as a threat to the Congressman as though the coffin represents his future resting place. Yet, the coffin represents the people that will be harmed by the health care takeover by government.
Throwing bricks through windows of local party headquarters is wrong. But even those incidents were apparently done when nobody was there. Nobody was in danger. That's destruction of property and is illegal and should not happen. Those that do this should be prosecuted for their vandalism. But nobody has been in danger from those incidents.
Without concrete proof of these other incidents, I'm one that just doesn't believe that they are happening. The pundits commenting on this say they trust that they are true because they don't think a Congressman would lie about such a thing. How did these elected officials get that trust? They lied throughout this health care takeover debate. Why are they afforded the credibility now?
House Democrat leader Steny Hoyer said that for the Republican leader to not condemn these acts is the same as condoning them. One problem with that. Boehner, the Republican House Leader did get out there and condemn any illegal activities. The Democrats are now blaming the Republicans for these incidents because Boehner hadn't gone out again and condemned them.
The media is blowing these incidents up when there isn't any proof of them taking place. I watched about ten minutes of Rick's list on CNN yesterday. I now understand why CNN has only 12 viewers. Rick Sanchez is a waste of television time. His comments were as though all of this was absolutely true because the accusation was made.
Where was the news coverage when the movie was put out a few years ago about President Bush being assassinated? Where was the absolute trust of a political leader when they were saying "Bush lied, soldiers died."? Even the pundits have said that. Roland Martin, Gloria Borger, Campbell Brown, George Stephanopolous. All of them have said that in the past along with others. Add in Chris Matthews who had the tingle running up his leg and Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. All of them. Remember when liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes said that Bush should be shot?
The least trustworthy group of people in this country is no longer used car salesmen. It's politicians and lawyers. There is a reason that Nancy Pelosi has an approval rating of 11% and Harry Reid's is 8% and Congress' approval rating is barely breaking the 20% range. People don't trust politicians and with good reason.
The Tea Party protestors went to t0wn hall meetings last year and raised their voices. They were angry and they let it be known. But they did so on the issues. No threats. No vandalism. They did what all Americans should do. They held their elected officials feet to the fire for their actions which were against the will of the people. The problems didn't start until the Democrats brought in SEIU union members in to fend off and shout down those that had legitimate concerns about the direction this country has been headed.
Until there is indisputable proof of these incidents I just don't believe that they are true. So yes, I'm calling Representative Cleaver and Representative Stupak and Representative Clymer and Representative Stupak and Representative Pierello, all liars. Not disengenous, not mistaken. Just liars.
Send letters when you disagree with your Representatives and with your Senators and any other elected officials. Send them E-mails, and faxes and when possible, get in their face and tell them that they are going against the will of the people, but leave out the threats and intimidation and don't destroy property. We're right to gather and protest. We're right to disagree with the people that we put in office to represent us when they don't.
Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if this was all a ruse on the Democrats part to say that they aren't holding town hall meetings this spring because they fear for their safety. We already know they didn't want to face us prior to the vote because we'd give them an earful and make it harder for them to vote. Now they're likely to say that they aren't meeting with their constituents because they are afraid of them.
Apparently, Representative Dingell is failing at controlling the people if so many are against them.
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