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Don’t Back Down!

I’m afraid that I have always thought of Republicans as bullies.  I voted the first time in 1972, for McGovern, from New Hampshire with a not-easy-to-get absentee ballot from Virginia.  Actually, I thought of Nixon as being Evil.  Kind of weird, I suppose.  He was just human, and continued the war, resigned in shame (after his Vice-President, Agnew, also got the boot for being a crook).  Republicans, especially recently, seem to embrace the tactics of lying, exaggerating, ridiculing, and other bullying behaviors.  I realize that old-time Republicans think of their party as merely being fiscally conservative, but they have gone far beyond that in the past forty years. 

Now they are employing the same tactics to bring down a popular President and all of the Democrat members of Congress.  I’ve written to the President and to my Congresspeople about the need to stand firm on a public option for health care. 

An apropos piece in the Washington Post today:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/19/AR2009081901773_2.html?wpisrc=newsletter  Howard Dean is a physician; he knows about health issues, and is aware of the ridiculously high amount of money that hospital corporations, physician provider corporations, HMO’s, and pharmaceutical companies drain from our health care economy.  The amount is staggering.  These companies have plenty of lobbying money to toss around.  As for the public, all we have is our vote, and our big mouths.

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