Sunday, August 09, 2009

Repent or at least get a dictionary

I read this today on CNN's headline article: "(CNN) -- The Senate's second-ranking Democrat slammed recent town-hall protests over health care on Sunday, insisting they violate "the democratic process," while the Senate's top Republican accused Democrats of "attacking citizens" with such complaints."

Now, for those who do not know, the word democracy means "rule of the people." Democracy involves the speaking out and involvement of every man and woman in order to influence political action. So, this type of behavior is exactly what democracy is all about. Some people believe government is above the will of the people . .. this is socialism at best and totalitarianism at its worst. We live in a Democratic Republic, which means we allow all people to vote for representative government. We also allow all people to give voice to their opinions and concerns. It may not be pretty, but Winston Churchill probably got this right: "Democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."


Eric Swensson said...

Hey, Matt. Maybe they know what the word means, they are just busy trying to change the meaning of it.

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All the best!

Anonymous said...

In a democracy free speach is paramount. We both agree there.

What does that make those protesting at the meetings who are stifling others from having their voices heard by screaming and chanting? I dont care that they were doing it 'peacefully', we all have a right to be heard including our elected representatives. There are plenty of ways to get a point across through protests and handing out literature at these events while allowing those who would like to engage in meaningful dialogue to do so.


Anonymous said...

Freedom of Speech..does not mean yell "fire" in a crowded theatre. Everyone should be heard and make a point so others can understand it. Grandstanding and distortions which is organized by right wingers within the Republican Party will not work anymore with Americans. It will be reported and that's it. There will be a Health Care Plan in American at the end of October after all no parent should raffle their home to pay for it and that's the Real Issue!!!

Anonymous said...

My Fellow Americans...Don't be sucked in by the Media reporting of disgruntled Right Winger against the Health Care Plan. There will be a plan and it will be passed in October. If the Right Wingers want input, get on the bandwagon and give your input, not snuff it like Palin and Boehner wants to do. Palin and Boehner do not want a Health Plan that will help the economy and will cover all Americans. Right now we have a plan for some...If Americans can vote then they should have a Health Plan.

Anonymous said...

No Child should lose their home or have their parents raffle their home because of inadequate health care. Americans, know that this is happening to our children and their family. Come on...Adequate proper Health Care for every American. It's the Right Thing to do and it's well overdo!!!

Anonymous said...

There is no one yelling fire in a crowded theatre. It appears to me that our representatives disregard the will of the people that they are charged with representing. I think that is why so many people are fed up with both parties. That is what we are witnessing.


Matt Proctor said...

I have known several people from Canada and Europe. As a whole, they do not feel nationalized health care has been effective. The U.S.A. still has the best health care in the world. Yes, we need to find a way to insure the uninsured, but maybe the best option is through charitable organizations. This both preserves individual liberty and insures the excellent medical care our country is known for.

BTW - If you consider your viewpoints to be of substance, please do not post anonymously. It is both cowardly and ineffective.

Tom said...

I beleave in freedom of speech and am a disabled vetran. When I hear the loud mouths screaming written statements the are not even remotely true and refuse to debate their ideas which they seem to have none of their own, I think of the Nazi Brown Shirts that put Hitler in power. They created fear to gain power. They disrupted meetings, threatened violence, and began beating people who disagreed. This is America and not pre-war Germany these loud mouths should be arrested for threatening our leaders and denying us our right of freedom of speech. They have a right to be heard and so does the health car companies who sponsor them. We need to stand up to the bully and take or freedom of speach back so we can have our concerns and questions answered.

Matt Proctor said...

One more read:

Mark said...

The problem is that the representatives and senators don't really care about your questions and concerns. They just want to go about business like they used to. That was us just take whatever they gave us and not question whether if it was good for us or not. Now they're being confronted about the specifics of this reform that they're shoving down out throats and they don't like it. The American people are no longer asleep at the wheel. We need to start holding congress responsible for the decisions they make and think is for the betterment of the country when really all it is doing is lining their pockets.

Jon said...

I appreciate your willingness to speak on a tough subject. I agree that the US has some of the best quality health care in the world; however, our health-care system has become overrun with the greed that plagues our nation. There's a problem when insurance companies are more concerned with making money than saving people's lives. There's a problem when people have to choose between death and bankruptcy in cases of serious recurring illness. There's a problem when you schedule an appointment for 11:00 and don't get in to see the doctor until after 2:00 (that was my experience this past fall, and that's the norm, not the exception). There's a problem when approximately 16% of the US population, or 46.6 million people, (according to a 2006 press release from the U.S. Census Bureau), and 35% of the Mexican American population (according to the CDC) didn't have health insurance BEFORE the recession.
While our health care is of the highest quality, it's increasingly hard to get at an affordable price.
Mr. O'Bama is doing exactly what he said he would do regarding health care, and the American people elected him. There's a difference between "being heard" and yelling. What is currently going on in our country is a yelling match. Republicans are yelling at the top of their lungs in order to disrupt, and Democrats are yelling back telling them to shut up. As a US citizen (no matter who I voted for) President O'Bama is my President, just as President Bush was my president. Instead of yelling back and forth at one another, why don't we all sit down and talk it out?

Our health care may be the best quality, but who says it can't get better? As Americans let's go back to being innovators instead of instigators. Don't complain unless you have a solution. Yes, it is going to require us to put down the TV remote, turn off the biased radio stations, and actually think for ourselves as citizens of the most innovative country in the world.

Matt Proctor said...

On Tuesday August 11, 2009 President Obama made this remark: "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine," Obama said, referring to private courier services that compete with the U.S. Postal Service. "It's the Post Office that's always having problems."

(from this CNN article:

This is a bit funny because about 1 1/2 years ago I was sitting at a Post Office in Littleton, CO. There was a line of about 40 people, and I sat in line for nearly an hour to deliver one piece of mail. In my head at that time, I jokingly thought, "And government wants to provide health care too??"

The NY Times reported on July 29th that the Post Office is expecting a 7 BILLION dollar deficit in 2009 (3 Billion in 2008). ( Not only that, but they expect a similar short fall next year, and due to the bulkiness of govt., there does not seem to be anyway to quickly deal with the inefficiency of the current system. A financial planning site writes, "his highlights a key difference between the operations of a private company and a public one. Private delivery companies like UPS and Federal Express are cutting costs to align their operations with current demand. The Post Office, however, being a public company, has its decisions subject to political considerations." (

There is some sort of haze in govt. that fails to recognize that the private sector always outperforms the govt. And even though President Obama can see this being true of courier services, he still thinks the U.S. Mail has to stay and we should add other mediocre services to an already paralyzing U.S. defecit.

Anonymous said...

The government taking over the health care system or even intervening would not improve that system. Government intervention usually creates, yet rarely predicts, what could best be described as the law of unintended consequences. If we just look at the mess that is "Cash for Clunkers"... dealerships are required to render those "traded" vehicles unusable. Some of those vehicles have years of use left. Now used car prices have jumped at least 5% to 10%. Car dealerships in my town have downsized their used inventory, partially because used cars at auction are pricey and they feel that they cannot make a profit. That means that the salesman who would be selling those cars are not making a profit. The salesmen are then cutting their budgets and not spending as much in their local economy... and on it goes. There are many who are warning of the possible unintended consequences of more government involvement in healthcare. I would agree that some are over the top, but what is being called a scare tactic today, might just be called foresight years from now.