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Friday, August 14, 2009

The Proper Way

Living in an area of the US that voted heavily for McCain in November, as well as being so rabidly conservative in many instances that they make Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Bachman look like rational, reasoned, souls, it's difficult to have any sort of constructive debate on anything.

In that regard, they are perfectly suited for the obstructionist and mis-informer set that are currently invading the townhall circuit in order to get what they want - or what they think they want.

So, how does one Democratic congressman respond to the abject ignorance that is commonplace amongst conservatives?

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) was asked, "Why are all Americans being forced into a government-run health care and insurance plan when only 46 million out of 312 million are uninsured?" The questioner went on to suggest that most people without insurance could get it without government assistance and concluded, "I'd be willing for the government to buy insurance policies for the 8.2 million chronically uninsured, but the other 37.8 million are not the responsibility of the American citizens and ... and I am unwilling to throw my present health care away for them."




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The only problem is that as the various conservative lies, pieces of misinformation, fabrications, and fearmongering continue to get traction through various media outlets, simply having the facts on your side just might not be enough.

One of the reasons you don't hear answers like this more often is because, by and large, members of Congress like to be popular, even at the expense of doing something completely that hurts the residents in their districts.

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