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Un-American Attacks on Health Care Reform

August 10, 2009 - 7:43am
Nick Coons by Nick Coons


During the Bush Administration, dissenters of the war were labeled "un-American" by majority leaders. Today, those dissenters are in power, and our now labeling as "un-American" those that protest their health care reform.

Several years back when individuals spoke out against the conflicts in the Middle East, were told it was unpatriotic to dissent from that position, that it was akin to not supporting the troops.  The dissenters at the time, made their positions clear, that speaking out against policy with which they disagreed was very American, and that all sides should have an opportunity to be heard.

Today, those same people that supposedly support the concept of dissent (when they're the ones dissenting) are calling opponents of their health care reform bill "un-American".  Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer said in a USA Today article, "However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue."

But their claims are ironic, because the same principles hold true.  If one disagrees with government policy, it is American and patriotic to make yourself heard.  This principle does not change with the whims of who is currently in power.

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