Liberty and Dissent

eagle_graspFrom New Hampshire to Florida, Pennsylvania to Michigan, in Iowa, Maryland and Georgia, our Representatives in the Congress are getting an ear full this summer. All over the country, the debate is raging over Nationalized Healthcare. At stake, healthcare as we know it:Reid

I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer, universal health care plan … If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.

Thankfully, thier attempts to pass it before the summer recess failed, and our Representatives now get to go home and hear from us. And meanwhile, the Democrats are making some huge missteps by categorizing the dissenters as “un-patriotic” or worse:

‘I think they’re AstroTurf. You be the judge. They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care.’

“These are nothing more than destructive efforts to interrupt a debate that we should have, and are having, They are doing this because they don’t have any better ideas. They have no interest in letting the negotiators, even though few in number, negotiate. It’s really simple: they’re taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongerers … and insurance rackets.”

To contrast these quotes I have selected the following

There were no dissidents then in the USSR because they were all killed. – Natan Sharansky

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists. – Abbie Hoffman

We are certainly in unchartered territory when our elected officials get a total pass when they catagorize dissenters as radials, extremist, and terrorist.