After I titled this piece, and before I began typing this, I googled ‘ignorant masses’ and found many hits as well as a dot com with that title. Apparently I’m not alone in chiding the public on their collective ignorance.
Just this AM I found a post on my wife’s Facebook page that said, “Just saw an ‘Impeach Obama’ sign on the overpass.” Then, yesterday, I was in a conversation with a friend who told me of a client of hers who denigrates Obama Care at every visit. Further, I got an email in my box this AM from a progressive friend who received an email from her conservative friend titled, ‘There is a State With No Republicans.’ Can you image the validity of the contents? By the way, the state is Illinois and the point was, again, the denigration of the President who is, of course, from Illinois.
Hatred, fed by professionally paid right-wing media pundits, knows no sanity. Oh, by the way, did you know that he’s black?
Then there are the goons in the House of Representatives who speak with more authority but not more intelligence. Consider Obama Care as it is widely known. A recent survey of ‘the masses’ discloses that over half of Americans look unfavorably at the new healthcare law. Two reasons. First, the Obama Administration and the powers that supported the bill have left it to the wolves to devour. Secondly, the right-wing media, supported by the insurance and health industries, pound away 24/7 at the act, naturally connecting it to the President who the audience despises. It’s not to difficult to figure out.
Yet what about the masses? What about the Fox viewers and the Limbaugh/Hannity listeners? Where are their brains? Seriously, do these people really think that the insurance industry is on their side? Truthfully? Do they believe that the hospital corporations, insurance industry and the large pharmaceutical companies care about The People, act in the best interest of The People? Just how gullible are the masses? Is naivety that wide-spread across our nation? Does hate attract blindness?
Forty times the House of Representatives has voted to overturn the Affordable Care Act; forty times it failed to move to the Senate. These representatives are now back home, in their districts. Most will hold town hall meetings with their constituents. Picture this: at one of these meetings, a constituent asks, “Congressman, why did you vote 40 times to kill the Affordable Care act.” [insert the typical right-wing reply]. But what if there is a follow-up and this is asked, “Are there any parts of the act that could help me with my health care problems?”
Sadly, my congressman, Bob Latta, held a ‘town hall’ last week. I wasn’t invited nor was I notified of the event. Apparently his GOP voters were notified and attended. One Democrat found out quite by accident and went there. She got there at 9 AM and found that it was not a town hall at all, but rather a meet-and-greet, one-on-one encounter with Mr. Latta. She needed to sign in and was put on a list. She was called in at 1 PM! The meeting lasted 10 minutes [with a staffer at the congressman’s side] and she got nothing of any importance from the congressman. There were all packaged answers.
It is no wonder that our citizens remain ignorant of what is going on in this nation?
“A Shining City on a Hill.”