Obama’s counter attack.
“If you misrepresent what is in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.” President Obama.
Firmness, and total resolve, the president should have shown months ago, was unveiled during his speech on health-care reform to a joint session of congress. It was a speech given in a calm and calculating manner. It totally debunked such utter stupidity like the “death panels” which was only meant to derail real and pertinent discussion on the issue. The purpose of the opponents of health-care reform is to keep the status quo. Obstruction is the chosen tactic.
The speech also exposed the shallowness, and rudeness of the rightists in the U.S. Congress. It was a compelling direct assault on the gun-totting, factually challenged few, who had monopolized the health-care debate throughout the summer. It was also a speech that aimed to unite and strengthen his party and a call to action. On both fronts, I think, the president has succeeded.
While it is admirable that the President wants to include the right, left and center in garnering support for the health care reform plan, I am sure the president understands that partisanship was here, is, and will be. Therefore, with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, continuous begging of the obstructionists won’t be compulsory.
It was sad to watch gloomy faced republicans acting uncivil, below the standards of the required decorum. Few, were even seen fiddling with a Black Berry. How rude. Acting like a middle school student. Playing with a cell phone, instead of paying attention to the teacher.
It is quiet impossible to create such a complete sight of breathtaking unhappiness and pain. The Republicans looked suffering from a migraine and an upset stomach all at the same time during Obama’s speech. As to the rudest of them all, Rep. Joe Wilson (R.S.C.), who shouted “you lie”, deserves no excuse. He is the embodiment of a low-cultured individual who is not fit to be in the position he is in. I wonder how he made it up there.
Finally, if I may be allowed an irresistible urge to state the obvious, anyone, unwilling to come to the aid of the less fortunate in society is immoral. It is shameful, for the richest country on earth, unwilling to protect the millions of Americans without health coverage.
Professor Mekonen Haddis