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Why The Rush?

Posted by revkharma on August 17, 2009

Among all the videos and reports of Town Hall meetings, and disruptions, and planted critics, and the whole tempest surrounding them, comes a post on YouTube of Rep Sheila Jackson Lee. The traditionally ignorant and arrogant Ms. Lee is seen, clearly having a conversation on her cell phone while a participant at her Town Hall meeting attempts to ask a question.

I’d like to break down this subject, taking Rep. Lee’s on air discussion with CNN’s Rick Sanchez as a template. There is much to see. Lee’s tactics and evasions are a perfect illustration of the tactics of incumbents in general, politicians and the Obama Administration in particular. This is how they appear responsive without, in fact, anything at all.

Many have viewed this, and regard it as typical of the attitude and actions of Congress.  Both houses are trying to rush headlong into passing some sort of legislation to change ‘the broken health care system’.  President Obama and his allies are once more repeating the mantra that this must happen now, and there is no time to waste.  When pressed for an answer or a reason there never is anything more than the empty rhetoric of the campaign, reminiscent of his nonsense phrase ” The fierce urgency of NOW!’

Watching Representative Lee is like seeing the entire mindset of these politicians laid out for review.

Watch the clip of Rich Sanchez trying to get a straight answer from Ms. Lee and see what I  mean.  At 49 seconds Sanchez asks if she thought she was rude. At 1:39 he interrupts, or attempts to, as she meanders and discusses something completely unrelated to the question.  1:45 he flatly repeats the question ” Why were you on the phone?” Ms. Lee addresses the bill, her knowledge of it, how nice she is, how nice Sanchez is, anything but the answer to the question. Pushed again she starts by saying ” Let me answer your question”. Snachez resets and then tells her it is ” impolite…wrong… rude..” to be on the phone while people are attempting to talk to you.  He then says it ‘appears that you are doing just that’. She then says ” I am so glad you said that, and implies that the video may have been ‘doctored’ (2:50). ‘ How I explain it is this: I MADE a call, I did not take one” So it may be rude to take a call, but making one is OK. Then she dodges to say she told them but they ‘may not have heard’ that she was simply trying to get a better answer. Then we see her launch into an attack against those who are upset with her actions. “…Are they concerned about health care, a robust public option…” So the problem here is not that she is rude or unconcerned with her constituents, but the problem is her critics are not good people, concerned with all the good things she wants done. And the killer line… If I offended anyone, let me say that it was through misinterpretation”.

Sanchez asks ‘ Did you apologize..” Lee begins her reply this way: what I will say to you is that… What I will say to you Rick.. No offense taken, no offense given, what I was focusing on is what America should be focusing on” Clearly the implication is that anyone who dares to challenge her is not ‘focusing on what is important to America’. And don’t miss the reference to children. No demagogic talking point is complete during this debate without referring to children in some way. And of course the ‘broken health care system’

The next killer line comes when Sanchez asks if she thinks the the tape has been doctored. She then opens again with shopworn ” Let me say this” then hits a home run in irrelevant rhetoric ” We in Congress, who believe in Democracy are not going to focus on distractions”. This from someone who has changed the subject or evaded the same question for more than four and a half minutes so far on a TV interview. The implication is that only those in Congress believe in democracy, and others are distractions. Perhaps she thinks the Town Hall participants are distractions, and that’s why she refuses to focus on them? This is followed by a preposterous claim that she ‘knows nothing about the video, and she will not comment on it”. Other than, of course to imply that it is doctored. But she knows nothing about it, right?

Sanchez presses again, why is it so hard for you to apologize for being disrespectful.  Lee replies with a whopper ( she gets more and more ridiculous as the interview plays, doesn’t she?) ” It was NOT disrespectful!” followed by the classic non apology used by so many political weasels: If offense was taken, I wish it had not been; no offense was intended.” Once more Sanchez brings the discussion back to the issue. asking if Lee thinks it’s OK to talk on the phone while someone is attempting to ask a question.

Lee responds, again, completely off topic, saying Sanchez does not want to talk about small business, or bringing down health care costs. She also plants an incredible claim that people are facing ‘ $1800 a month INCREASE in premium charges. Do the math, that would be almost $22,000 annual INCREASE — not premium, she said INCREASE!.  We see once more the incredible distortions  passed as facts by the statists here. She concludes by referring to herself in the third person: ” Sheila Jackson Lee has helped by having this town hall so people can bring their questions to me.

There is so much here that is typical of the statist mindset ruling the US Congress today. This interview, over seven minutes encapsulates much. When confronted with facts, dodge the question. When the question is repeated, change the subject and demonize your questioner ( We in Congress believe in Democracy”. When the facts are irrefutable, challenge reality ” Maybe the tape was doctored”.

When that fails, simply ignore reality and repeat the lie again and again, refusing to stop. ” Sheila Jackson Lee held this town hall and helped her constituents…” etc. etc. Lee is not by any means alone in this kind of behavior, she’s just one who got it all on tape. The business of Congress has become simply preservation of their incumbency. Anything that will protect their ample seats will be done, even if it bankrupts our nation. By the time the bills come due, they will be retired living on pensions paid by Americans who were not able to vote when they served.

In short, these people are planning to expand the power of the State at the expense of individual liberty, and will do so, regardless of the thoughts and wishes of Americans. They will do so and will lie and obfuscate while doing it. They are dangerous. They are in office, and totally insulated from any responsibility for their actions. The only way they can be stopped is by being turned out of office.

I have said it before, and will repeat: If someone is running for office as an incumbent, they should be defeated. We need to ventilate the halls of government and start over. Start with your own favorite representative in DC. The one who you say is ‘one of the good guys there’. Everyone thinks the person who represents them is ok, it’s the others who are bums. I’ve got some news for you. They are ALL part of the same corrupt system. TURN THEM OUT!!! If your rep is so good, then let him or her run the next time, and see what happens. For now TOSS THEM ALL OUT SOON!

Keep the Faith

The Rev.

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