Sad Day for Democracy
This is a sad day for our system of representative government. Congress has passed, by the slimmest of party-line margins, a health-care “reform” bill that was consistently opposed by the American people.
I don’t know what else the people could do to express themselves to their elected representatives. Rarely has anything been debated this much or this long; and the longer it went on, the more the people said they did not approve.
Opinion surveys showed again and again that the bill was not supported by the American people, even those who recognized a need for serious health-care reform.
For months, the phone lines and mailboxes of our senators and representatives have been overwhelmed with messages from the American people saying they did not want this bill.
Thousands of people from across the country traveled to Washington to protest.
The voters expressed themselves in the elections in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts.
Don’t worry, the president said. I’ll explain it to them again, and they’ll come around. But the more speeches he gave, the more the people opposed it.
In spite of all of this, the Democrats pressed forward without a single vote from the other party in our two-party system of government. In the end, 34 of their own party voted against the bill.
The only thing left for the people to do now is to express their displeasure in the elections next November. Voters who think their opinions should mean something should now dedicate themselves to the defeat of every Senator and Representative who voted for this bill. Even supporters of the bill should be concerned. Remember, if Congress can ignore us to implement something you like, it can do it on something you don’t like, too.
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