As my wife and I and our neighborhood team make phone calls on behalf of the Obama/Biden Team, I am often struck by the conversation at the end of our sessions. We get together for some snacks and discuss our telephone adventures. Often we share ‘stories’ that people have told us while on the phone with them. Although the ‘stories’ are not quite as radically ridiculous as those of Alan West [80 communists in Congress] or Joe the Plumber [charges of treason for Obamacare supporters] they nonetheless indicate a gross-neglect of the facts on the part of The People.
We often hear, ‘I heard that…’ Of course, what they hear is either propaganda or lies, but, without solid facts, these remain as ‘truths.’ This was especially common when our calling-topic was the Affordable Health Care Act. The amount of misinformation was amazing. A common complaint heard through the phone was. ‘I don’t want the government telling me what insurance I can have.’ Sigh. Or, ‘I don’t want the government paying for abortions.’ Double sigh.
The other day, one of our volunteers encountered the question, ‘Why doesn’t President Obama do something about the high price of gas?’ No doubt this person heard Newt promise $2 gas and wonders why Obama can’t do that. Yes, why not? Simple solutions, simple minds? Has our society fallen to such a level that we no longer care to ferret out the truth and, indeed, want simple solutions to complex problems?
How do we tell The People that simple solutions cannot work for such an immense and inter-meshed nation such as ours? The Constitution- so often the simple answer for the cliff-hangers on the right end of the spectrum- was drawn up for an agrarian, white, male, slave nation of a million people. None of those adjectives describe us 234 years later, yet we are led to ‘believe’ that this document somehow fits a diverse, 21st century nation of 300 million people.
How do we tell the people?