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I Must Flag Myself

I sent the following confession of my sin to flag@whitehouse.gov.

To whom it may concern:

I am writing you to flag myself as one who has disagreed with President Obama’s outlines for health “reform” (I’m not sure if it’s considered health care reform or health insurance reform; of course, I didn’t go to Harvard and may not understand all the “nuance” from this administration) and aligned myself with those spreading what the administration calls “misinformation” about the proposals being bandied about. Allow me to express my contrition.

I had thought that being critical of the government had been a right protected by the U.S. Constitution, and a duty to be performed by us ordinary citizens when we see a potential wrong about to be perpetrated by the government. I had assumed, wrongly as it turns out, vigorous disagreement was a hallmark of the United States, as was expressed by current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a few years ago when she was a U.S. Senator from the state of New York:

I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.

I do remember that when she said these words she said them in quite an angry manner.

Back in 2006 during a town hall meeting by the now-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, angry members of the activist group Code Pink disrupted the proceedings regularly with shouts and catcalls. Seeing how American this was she proceeded to tell them that she was “a fan of disrupters.” Ms. Pelosi also said the following:

So let’s not question each other’s patriotism when we have this very honest debate that our country expects and deserves.

Now, one might believe that there are a lot of similarities between the emotional displays of patriotism by then-Sen. Clinton and the angry Code Pink activists at Speaker Pelosi’s town hall get together with the often-angry protests taking place at town hall meetings all over the country over the health “reform” (again, with my limited knowledge of “nuance”, I’m not sure if it’s considered health care reform or health insurance reform) being proposed. However, I now understand that the anger by the current protesters isn’t really indicative of true patriotism since every American should already know that all President Obama and the Congressional Democratic leadership want is to make sure we know they will take care of the American people…in some manner. And because of this, I can also understand that in the eyes of Speaker Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, in their recent op-ed in USA TODAY, the current protesters are un-American, unlike those angry disrupters Speaker Pelosi said she was a fan of.

I see now the error of my ways and the egregious sin I have committed. I truly hope it is incumbent upon President Obama and the government to view my contrition with forgiveness and empathy. I am still in the throes of trying to figure out how America will come out of, in the words of President Obama, the worst recession since the Great Depression. I thought I was viewing this administration’s handling of the economy in all the wrong ways, believing that absolutely nothing was being done to actually fix the banking system since all those toxic assets are still being held by banks, believing that the stimulus package that was meant to save and create jobs was being mismanaged as unemployment has increased dramatically, and believing that the vast increases in spending through borrowing (just as the previous administration) would continue to exacerbate an already ailing economy. It looked to me that all President Obama was doing was trying to buy the votes of the American people to get re-elected. Not understanding the “nuance” of President Obama, I had also wrongly assumed that a government takeover of America’s health care (or is that health insurance?) in some manner would be a disaster economically and harmful to the health care the vast majority of the American people enjoy today, and I believed this due to what I thought was the complete incompetence this government is handling…pretty much everything. But the absolute wisdom of President Obama has led me to a revelation that he is doing all this to benefit the American people and the United States.

As I finish writing this, I see a pig flying, sans lipstick. Being that I live in Arkansas, it must be a razorback!!!

Remember to flag yourself when you get a chance.

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