Have Something to Say? New Era Colorado Tells Us How.

Via elephant journal
on Sep 10, 2009
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Joe Wilson

Even if you’ve tried not to pay attention, you’ve got to agree the last month has been one weird time. It’s almost like the media has been willing to give the microphone to any nutjob willing to talk about the health care debate. We’ve heard about the death panels that will kill grandma, socialist takeovers, and the death of Medicare. Some of the crazies are even downright rude. But, as we heard last night during President Obama’s speech to Congress, “The time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action.”

Normally, we would take this moment and send you an email asking you to call your member of Congress and ask them to stand their ground on voting for a strong health care bill in the coming weeks. (Ok, well, if you’ve got a quick second, we’d love it if you made a quick phone call for the national call-in day) But, what we really want to ask of you today is to do your part to make sure the crazies don’t win. When you hear a flat-out lie, set the record straight. When you sit down at the dinner table, bring it up.

The meaningful conversations we have with our friends and family are worth a hundred of the misleading commercials and a thousand angry townhall teabaggers. And when someone tells you it’s not the time or the place for politics, remind them that this isn’t about politics–this is about the character of our country. This debate doesn’t only impact the lives of millions of Americans, but it’s a moment to illustrate what our country truly stands for. It’s not politics, it’s humanity.

This debate will be going on for at least several more weeks. And while their was a call last night for civility and honesty in our discourse, there will still be those whose main goal is only to disrupt. Old rumors will intensify. New rumors will circulate. We must hold firm. This is our chance to truly shape the future of our country.

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4 Responses to “Have Something to Say? New Era Colorado Tells Us How.”

  1. JoanaSmith says:

    somehow I feel that this tactic won't really work; calling the nutjobs nutjobs…they don't care much for that.
    I like Dora the Explorer. She looked into the magic crystal and smiled.

  2. I'm not into name-calling. I think this partisan atmosphere is self-perpetuating. Joe Wilson's action was douchey—even at the height of all the Bush-hating Iraq stuff Democrats stood and applauded at the State of Union. That's how it should be. As Senator Udall says, "agree to disagree."

  3. Waylon – posts of this kind are why I read elephant. The most powerful way to effect political change is to remember that government is supposed to be 'by the people, for the people' and that it's the every day, ill-informed, prejudiced and biased amongst us who are destroying life as we know it ….

    … regardless of what the issue is, it seems to be time to stop behaving like spoiled children and blaming it on somebody else.

    Those in favour of change need to agitate for it in every concievable way, or move somewhere else .

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