Now that health care reform has been signed into law by President Barack Obama, Democrats around the country can feel proud about our victory over the fear-mongering campaign perpetrated by conservative activists and Republican Party members. For over a year, activists, pundits, and politicians attempted to lie, obstruct, intimidate, and threaten Democrats into doing nothing about our country’s broken health care system. The right made charges that Obama and Democratic leaders were socialists, Marxists, communists, Nazis, Hitler, “enemies of the constitution,” and conspiring to “pull the plug on grandma” through “death panels.” Congressional offices were vandalized (both before and after the vote), disorderly protestors were arrested on Capitol Hill and removed from town hall meetings, and health care reform supporters were mocked and belittled regardless of their ailments or losses.
This weekend, the right wing made its last stand against health care reform and some resorted to expressions of hatred that reminded Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) of the anti-civil rights protestors of the 1960’s. Some anti-health care reform protestors:
Additionally, Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) shouted “baby killer” on the House floor as Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) explained his reasoning for supporting the bill.
Thankfully, none of these malicious incidents nor any other event from the past year derailed health care reform. Obama and the Democratic Party earned a huge victory on behalf of the American people regardless of the Republicans and their activists.
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